Labor law compliance: employer duties and employee rights

A good employee has to obey the company’s rules and policies, respond positively to work directions, be honest with the employer, work with skill during the established schedule in order to earn the money received, handle the equipment put at his disposal with care and never disclose confidential information to other people. These represent the main responsibilities of an employee, regardless of the job, but he also enjoys certain rights, according to the law. For instance, the employee should benefit from a safety and health committee, should be able to refuse a work assignment if he identifies a high risk of serious injury and he should receive an immediate response and needed information from the employer after reporting a hazard or accident in the workplace. All these rights involve the implication of the employer, who is also the business owner, and has certain obligations and responsibilities to all his employees, which refer to health and safety, payment and treatment. Obviously, not fulfilling the duties mentioned below equals defying the state and local laws.

The employer should observe health and safety regulations

Starting with probably the most important thing all workers should benefit from, namely health and safety, the employer has the obligation to ensure a proper working environment by investing in quality equipment and materials. Otherwise, the chances of accidents occurring in the workplace increase significantly and the business owner might have to hire a Virginia Beach workers’ compensation lawyer in order to file a claim that will cover the medical bills and the lost wages of the employee in case he suffers an injury during work. Of course, the insurer must approve or deny the claim first and then the employee has the possibility to decide the next move, to accept the payment, negotiate or appeal. Observing health and safety regulations is fundamental when hiring employees not only for business operations to go smoothly, but also for preventing serious injuries that might result in death.

The employer has the obligation to treat all employees fairly

Moving on to other basics, if the employer does not pay the minimum wage, then he is breaking the federal laws willingly. Of course, the income of each employee depends on his position in the company. Taking into account the negative consequences of discrimination in the previous years, the law forces employers to treat all employees, regardless of the race, age or gender, the same way or equally. The truth is that employees doing the same job deserve a fair treatment and the same recognition; the law does not have to intervene because after all, it is common sense. If two employees, man and woman, are equally productive, the employer should consider both for a promotion or additional benefits. Reporting to employees represents another important duty of an employer. For instance, all employees must be up to date with changes within the company, gross pay and deductions. Every state has different requirements when it comes to paying employees meaning that employers should check the state’s labor laws.

Post Author: Tim Frawley