Common Areas of Employment Law
Employment law is a broad term regarding what it covers. Many laws fall within this category. According to the US Department of Labor, these mandates and regulations implemented include many workplace activities for over 10 million employers and 125 million employees. Here are the three most common regulations employees should be cautious of at their workplace.
Workplace Safety and Health
A number one concern, regardless of the industry, is employee safety and health. The employers must provide a workplace free of dangerous hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) ensures people will work in a safe and healthy environment. This is mandated by setting and enforcing standards for all employers to follow. In other words, your employer has a legal obligation to keep you safe at work. Not only that, but if you feel unsafe completing a task, you have the right to refuse it. It is essential to know and recognize your rights as an employee.
Workers’ compensation is a common reason for visiting an employment law attorney. This common law means your employer requires accident insurance for employees. In other words, if you hurt yourself on the job, your employee has to have insurance. The insurance should cover your medical expenses and not come from your salary. Each situation is different, so it is crucial to work with a lawyer. The lawyer’s job is to provide you the best guidance to make sure your needs are met. No matter how much you enjoy your job or how close you are to your boss, you must protect yourself. Your employer is going to do that same thing for the sake of the company. Unfortunately, that is the way workers’ compensation goes. This is why it is essential to have a lawyer help you through this process.
Family and Medical Leave
Family and Medical Leave Act is also known as FMLA. FMLA entitles employees under covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for family and medical reasons. This also requires your business to continue health insurance under the same terms and conditions as if you were there. Common reasons for Family and Medical leave include, but are not limited to:
- birth of a child and time to care for said child
- adoption or foster care placement
- required care for employee’s spouse, child, or parent with a severe health condition
- severe health conditions that prevent an employee from performing essential functions of the position
- the family has a qualified military member on active duty or requires military caregiver leave
All three of these regulations and mandates fall under the employment branch of law. If any situation arises from these standard regulations or others, consider speaking with an attorney. An attorney has existential knowledge of employment law and will know how to navigate the situation. If you are experiencing issues with your employer with FMLA, workers’ compensation, or OSHA, Slaughter Law Firm can help!
At Slaughter Law, attorney Frankie Slaughter Jr. dedicates himself to our clients no matter the situation. He has been serving the area of Bristol, Tennessee, for over 21 years and providing legal help in common areas of law. For more information on employment law, visit us online here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call us at (423) 844-0560 today! Don’t worry about navigating this situation alone and let Slaughter Law help!