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    Celebrating Equal Pay Day

    Submitted by rachel on

    March 6, 2024, is Equal Pay Day in the U.S. This important day is currently part of Women’s History Month.

    “Celebrating” the day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made regarding securing fair pay for women in the U.S. However, as the following overview explains, the fact that we have an Equal Pay Day at all serves as a reminder that we haven’t achieved all key goals yet.

    Is It Illegal to Speak Spanish In the Workplace?

    Submitted by pec on

    No, it is not illegal to speak Spanish in the workplace. In the United States, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prohibits workplace discrimination based on national origin and this includes speaking a language that is not the language of the workplace. Employers are not legally allowed to enforce a policy that limits the use of a particular language, including Spanish, unless a legitimate business requires that only certain languages are allowed in the workplace.

    Mental Health in the Workplace

    Submitted by pec on

    If you suffer from a disability, there are ways to overcome the physical and mental challenges that will make living with a disability easier. It can be hard to accept a disability but simply accepting it is like giving up for many. Refusing to accept the limitations you have to endure prevents you from making the changes you should make, and discovering new goals.

    What is the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act?

    Submitted by pec on

    Starting on January 1, 2024, Illinois employment laws will be implementing the Paid Leave For All Workers Act. This means workers in Illinois will begin earning paid time off. The new law allows workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid leave in a 12-month period. Workers will accrue one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked.

    What is the Federal Railroad Safety Act?

    Submitted by pec on

    If you’re a railroad worker in the U.S., the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) protects you from retaliation and ensures your employer must take certain steps to provide for your safety. You may take legal action if an employer violates the FRSA.

    However, you might not know whether you have a valid case if you’re not familiar with this law. The following overview will explain the basics, helping you better understand how the FRSA protects you and other workers in the railroad industry.

    Damages in a Massachusetts Wrongful Termination Case

    Submitted by pec on

    Massachusetts has enacted legislation which makes it illegal for employers to fire an employee under certain circumstances, including discrimination and whistleblowing. If you have been involved in a wrongful termination case in Massachusetts, you may be able to receive both economic and non-economic damages if you file a lawsuit against your employer. An experienced employment law attorney can help you with a claim for breach of wrongful termination law. 

    What Employment Laws Apply To Remote Employees?

    Submitted by pec on

    Both federal and state employment laws protect the rights of employees in workplaces throughout the U.S. However, the nature of work and the workplace is changing.

    Remote and hybrid work arrangements are becoming increasingly common. Surveys and studies indicate this trend is likely to continue. Thus, you may wonder when an employment law does and doesn’t apply to remote workers.

    Federal Laws That Apply To Remote Employees

    Virtually any federal law guaranteeing certain employee protections will apply to remote employees. Examples of such laws include:

    EECO Allows Discrimination Charges To Be Filed Electronically

    Submitted by pec on

    Have you experienced workplace discrimination? If so, you may pursue legal action by filing a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

    Technically, your attorney may file a charge of discrimination on your behalf if you’ve hired one. This is one of many tasks a lawyer can handle if you enlist their help.