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October 2014 Archives

Basic requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act protects worker in Indiana from being underpaid and overworked. It also requires that young workers are given special considerations. The Fair Labor Standards Act was established in 1938 and has been modified to match changing employment needs on many occasions. All employers in the United States are legally obligated to meet FLSA requirements.

What is the overtime law?

The overtime law generally refers to the Indiana Minimum Wage Law and the Fair Labor Standards Act, which obligate employers to pay 1.5 times the regular hourly wage for each hour that employees work longer than 40 hours in a week. The FLSA covers most employees, and those who are not covered under the federal law are covered under the state law.

When disaster strikes the FMLA may protect you

If an immediate family member is injured or falls ill, your job is likely to be the last thing on your mind. Your primary concern will probably be the care and treatment of your loved one. This in turn may require you to take time off to look after them, but what does this mean for your employment? As Indiana is an employment-at-will state, you might worry that even asking for emergency leave could result in your dismissal.

Employment contract provisions in Indiana

While many Indiana residents do not have a formal contract of employment, those that do are sometimes unaware of the types of restrictive provisions that may be included in their contracts. In addition to specifying what a worker's duties and responsibilities are, an employment contract may restrict what kind of work an employee can perform after they leave their employer. Other employment agreements could limit the legal rights of workers who have resigned or been terminated.

Employees question non-compete agreement at Jimmy John's

Indiana residents might be interested to learn about a proposed class-action lawsuit that may be filed against the restaurant chain Jimmy John's, a sandwich shop. According to reports, Jimmy John's employees are required to sign an employment agreement that includes an unusual non-competition clause.

Indiana works to combat pay discrimination

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and respectfully at work. Unfortunately, countless workers throughout the United States endure a hostile work environment every day. Some are persecuted for their age or their race, others for their sexual preference, disabilities or even their citizenship status. To make things worse, fear of being out of work makes many of these workers hesitant to stand up to those mistreating them.

Pursuing a workplace harassment claim

Indiana employees who work for the state are protected by federal and state statutes that prohibit workplace harassment. If an individual feels that his or her rights have been violated, a process has been put in place to provide protection. Unwelcome sexual advances constitute one form of sexual harassment, according to the Indiana State Personnel Department. Such conduct must be made as a condition of the employee's employment, be used as a reason for adverse employment decisions or have the purpose of unreasonably interfering with an employee's work.

What is considered reasonable accommodations under the ADA?

Indiana employers are required by federal law to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who suffer from certain types of impairments. However, they are not required to make an accommodation that would cause the employer undue hardship.

An employment contract can affect your rights

Losing your job is never a pleasant experience, particularly if you feel you were unfairly dismissed. You may worry about how you will cover day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. If you have a family to support, this can be an even greater worry. Unfortunately, as Indiana is an employment-at-will state, you can be fired for almost any reason, any time.

Former CNN producer claims he was wrongfully terminated

Indiana residents may be interested to learn about a wrongful termination case that was filed against CNN. A 51-year-old African and Latino-American man who worked at the station for 17 years claims that his firing was a result of age and race discrimination by his boss. He also alleges that the termination was in retaliation for prior complaints he had made about workplace discrimination.

Tipped restaurant workers frequently sexually harassed

Women in Indiana and the rest of the nation who work in the restaurant industry are exposed to a rampant amount of sexual harassment, according to a report issued by a restaurant workers' group on Oct. 7. The problem is especially bad in states where tipped employees are paid the federal minimum wage of $2.13.

How much leave are you entitled to under the FMLA?

When you need to take time off work for medical reasons, or to care for a family member, it can be a worry. It is often hard enough to make ends meet as it is, without having to worry about job security. On top of all that, some states are employment-at-will states, meaning that you might be dismissed from your job at any time for just about any reason.

Disabled employees rights in Indiana

Both Indiana and federal laws prohibit companies from discriminating against workers who have disabilities. Discrimination is defined as an act that segregates, limits or incorrectly classifies a worker due to his or her disability. It is also discrimination to use different administrative criteria that would have the effect of discriminating against a worker. It may also be considered discriminatory to limit job opportunities to qualified workers due to a relationship with a disabled employee.

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