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What are Work Laws?

Work laws, or “employment laws”, are those rules and regulations that govern the rights of employees in the workplace.  These are a broad set of laws that cover many aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, health and medical leave, workplace privacy, anti-discrimination, and employer rights. 

In addition, work laws can also cover broader issues such as unions and general workplace fairness policies.  Each state may have very different work laws when compared to the next, due to the differences in the commercial and business layout of each state. 

What are Some Common Types of Work Laws?

Some work laws may be very broad, such as the general requirement that employment arrangements be created with good faith and fair dealing.  Others are may be very specific and may deal with a specific issue, such as the length of time allotted for maternity leave.  Some common types of work laws address legal issues like:

  • Wage and Hour Claims (esp. overtime disputes)
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Fair Business Practices
  • Various other claims involving matters like employment benefits, vacation,

Violations of work laws are often handled through the intervention of a state employment board or agency.  In cases of serious or intentional violations, a private lawsuit may be needed to help the victims obtain monetary compensation for losses. 

What if I Need Help Filing a Claim Involving Work Laws?

A lawsuit for a claim involving work laws will generally result in a damages award.  This will help the plaintiff to recover losses such as lost wages.   You may wish to consult with your company’s human resources department if you suspect that you have a legal claim to file.  The HR department can usually point you in the right direction as you seek out legal recourse.  Alternatively, you may wish to hire a professional for assistance with your legal matters. 

Should I Hire a Lawyer if I Need Help Filing a Work Law Claim?

Work laws can vary greatly from state to state.  You may need to hire a lawyer if you need assistance in filing a legal claim.  A qualified employment attorney in your area can provide you with legal assistance and representation for your claim.  Your lawyer will be able to inform you of how to proceed, and what you can do to help ensure that your claim succeeds.

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Last Modified: 07-07-2015 11:05 AM PDT

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