Federal and state laws govern what measures employers must take to protect workers in the workplace. These laws govern everything from workplace safety – i.e. ensuring that workers are protected from falls from heights – to the number of hours worked and wages to ensure that workers are not taken advantage of. These laws govern nearly all types of work, ranging from office work to manual labor and everything in between.
Common Labor Law Violations
Many workers may not even know that they are working under potentially hazardous conditions or in an environment that is in violation of state and federal laws. It is important to remember that workers, whether they work outside or in an office, are entitled to a safe workplace. Additionally, employees have the right to a fair wage, a discrimination-free work environment and much more. The federal government has laws and regulations in place regarding:
- Wages and hours;
- Workplace safety and health (through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA);
- Workers’ compensation;
- Fair Labor Standards;
- Equal Employment Opportunity;
- Unions and members;
- Employment benefit security;
- Employee protections;
- The Family and Medical Leave Act; and More.
All of these laws have the potential to be breached, although some of the most common labor law violations include discrimination based on gender, race, age, sexual preference, disability, and family statute; failing to provide leave for family members who need to care for family member, thereby missing work; and failing to provide employees a minimum wages when hours, including “off the clock” hours are calculated.
Many companies have a Human Resources department in place, but remember their interests may be more aligned with the company than yours. If you feel that you have experienced a labor law violation but are unsure of how to proceed, Napoli Shkolnik offers a free, confidential consultation to help you explore your legal options.
Common OSHA Violations
The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for inspecting workplaces and ensuring their compliance with federal standards. Most businesses have no idea that they are not compliant – something as seemingly insignificant as poor lighting could result in noncompliance. According to OSHA, some of the most common violations involve:
- Fall protection;
- Hazard communication;
- Electrical wiring; and
- Powered industrial trucks.
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