“Wage theft” is the term used to describe any practice where an employer refuses to pay their employee the money they are legally owed. This set of practices is shockingly common, costing workers billions of dollars every year due to lost wages and other costs. Watch for these seven signs to see if your employer might be stealing from you or your fellow employees:
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A new law, known as the Speak Out Act, will make it illegal for employers to put nondisclosure clauses or non-disparagement clauses in employment contracts. This will make it far harder for employers to silence employees who try to blow the whistle on labor or employment law violations. It will also limit the ability of employers to silence employees who are the victims of discrimination or harassment on the job.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees workers the right to “reasonable accommodations” for their disabilities, which must be provided by their employer. However, that does not mean that everyone gets access to everything they might want to make their jobs easier. So how do you know if you might be entitled to a reasonable accommodation, and what does that look like?
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently announced that it is considering a ban on non-compete clauses for employment contracts across the country. The rule, if accepted, would make it illegal for employers to require employees to sign non-compete agreements as part of their terms of employment. The rule is meant to help many employees who often struggle to find work as a result of these restrictive agreements.
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A surprising number of people across the United States are commissioned employees, people who are paid in part based on their sales or other metrics of job performance. While these jobs can be potentially lucrative for some, they also carry their own potential risks for exploitation by employers. Here are five things you need to know about commissioned employees:
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Crumbl Cookies, a national chain of bakeries specializing in cookies, has been accused by the U.S. Department of Labor of violating child labor laws in at least six states by making them work longer than is legally permitted. They are also accused of making these underage workers, some as young as 14 and 15, perform job duties that are considered hazardous, in violation of federal law. The company, when asked about the accusations, responded that it was “disappointed” that a “small number” of its franchisees chose to violate labor laws in this way, and emphasized its commitment to a safe working environment for its employees.
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If you have been recently fired from a job and filed an unemployment claim, you may think that you at least have the silver lining of not needing to deal with your previous place of employment anymore. Unfortunately, your former employer can choose to contest your unemployment claim, denying you access to benefits. But what can you do if your employer chooses to contest your unemployment claim?
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Age discrimination is a surprisingly common phenomenon, one that unfairly harms workers all across the United States. When people are the victims of this type of discrimination, they can potentially lose income, time, or business opportunities for no reason other than their age. But what exactly is age discrimination, and how do you know what it is when it is happening?
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Former employees at Twitter have filed a class action suit against the social media company after they were suddenly laid off in large numbers. These layoffs occurred after the company was purchased in a leveraged buyout by Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who began the firings as part of his overhaul of the company. In so doing, he may have violated federal and state labor laws, which protect against mass layoffs such as these from being performed without adequate notice.
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Non-disclosure agreements, also known as NDAs, are a commonly seen tool in many aspects of business law, but one of the places they are most often seen is in employment contracts. There, they are used to protect the interests of employers, as well as their clients or customers, but can also be used to silence employees complaining about poor working conditions. But what exactly is an NDA, and how are they used in an employment context?
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