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An overview of employment regulations

Every day, employers across the country are accused of violating employment regulations. When this occurs, the accusations may lead to costly and time-consuming litigation that can present serious problems for any business. From FMLA violations to civil rights issues and wrongful discharge, there are all sorts of employment regulations that businesses need to focus on. As a result, employers in Miami and throughout Florida should familiarize themselves with employment law and do everything they can to protect their company from a lawsuit.

The United States Department of Labor published a summary of many of their significant laws on their website. These laws cover roughly 10 million job providers and 125 million employees, so it is imperative for employers who wish to prevent business litigation to understand them. The DOL addresses standards for overtime pay and wages, health and safety conditions, workers' compensation, the regulation of employee benefits, whistleblower protection, wage garnishment, and the Family Medical Leave Act, among others. For employers, it is crucial to understand the ins and outs of these laws and abide by them at all times.

Allegations of job discrimination are another reason many employers find themselves in court. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission covers the federal laws which prohibit job discrimination based on an individual's gender, religion, disability, pregnancy status, or ethnicity. When employers are found guilty of discriminatory practices, which are outlined on the EEOC's website, they may face business litigation. Furthermore, employers who are dealing with job discrimination accusations may want to familiarize themselves with the EEOC complaint process.

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