Monday, May 16, 2011

Understanding the Basics of Labor Laws

Labor laws protect staff and employers regardless of where they live and work. Regardless of which part of the states you are in, you will find that there are specific labor laws and regulations that are in place to protect you and fellow workers from unfair treatment. In many states, employers are required to post a copy of the state labor laws using labor law posters.

These labor law posters are official federal and state government issued posters that contain information on the various regulations that are mandatory for all employees, such as employee Time Off to Vote notice, this is different in states such as Ohio, Colorado and Florida. Each one of these states has different labor law posters that are made.

For example in Florida, the Florida labor law posters cover information on things such as what to do in the event of an emergency, also the Whistle Blower Protection Act that protects people who share information on a company’s act and how they work.
In other states, you will find that that there is specific information on Employee Risk Reduction. Ohio labor laws posters share information Unemployment Insurance since the state has a high unemployment rate compared to most countries. Also the Ohio labor laws posters have details on other state specifics, Rebuttable Insurance notice, Workers' Compensation, Public Employee Risk Reduction.

Colorado Labor Law Posters have to mention that there the state of Colorado has added special emphasis to its Employment Security Act having added that there is a new complaint process for the reporting of misclassified employees, and fines of up to $5,000 per misclassified employee for the first misclassification.

Part of recent changes that have occurred in the state of Colorado also include the fact that increased its minimum wage from $7.24 per hour to $7.36 per hour for non-tipped employees, and from $4.22 per hour to $4.34 per hour for tipped employees. In addition the Colorado Labor law Posters have to include information on Equal Employment Opportunity.

There are other issues with vacation leave as well, such as the fact that it is legal for an employer to negate vacation time if it is not used within a specific amount of time, even if the worker earned their leave fully. These rules have to be agreed upon by both employer and employee and the employee has to be fully aware(full disclosure) of it for it to be considered legal.

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