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    Where Do I File an Illinois Employment Law Claim?

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    Illinois has a number of employment laws in place that protect employees from discrimination at work, sexual harassment, retaliation or wrongful termination. State labor laws also provide regulations on wages, overtime and employment benefits. It is still not uncommon for employees to be the victim of wage theft in Illinois. This is a breach of Illinois employment law.

    Overtime Pay vs. Compensatory Time

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    When completing an employment law claim, you may need to understand certain nuances regarding your rights (and your employer’s responsibilities). For example, perhaps you’re submitting a claim or complaint due to an overtime or compensatory time dispute.

    It’s essential to understand the differences between the two if so. The following overview explains overtime pay, compensatory time, and how they differ.

    The Dos and Don'ts of Employee Contracts

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    Employee contracts play critical roles in establishing the terms of an employee-employer relationship. Employee contracts can also define what an employer can and can’t do in certain situations.

    For example, some employee contracts prohibit employers from firing employees for reasons other than those already addressed in state and federal law. You may have grounds to take legal action if an employer violates your contract’s terms.

    What is an Employee Contract?

    An employee contract is a legal document that may address such matters as:

    Where Do I File a New York Employment Law Claim?

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    New York State has a number of employment laws that help to protect employees from wage theft, discrimination in the workplace, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or retaliation by an employer. If you have suffered some sort of illegal action by your employer, you should file a complaint with one of the agencies that are described below. These agencies have the power to investigate a breach of state labor laws and can issue penalties including criminal charges against employers following an investigation.

    Women’s History Month and Employee Rights

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    During Women’s History Month and throughout the year women need to be aware of their rights as employees. Women are protected from discrimination, unlawful termination, and other practices by employers and have the right to file a complaint if those rights are violated.

    What Is Women’s History Month?

    Women’s History Month is one month of the year dedicated to telling the stories of women throughout history. Many workplaces use Women’s History Month as a time to celebrate workplace equality and talk about the rights of women in the workplace.

    Is It Illegal to Speak Spanish In the Workplace?

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    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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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.