Medical professionals in Wisconsin and around the country understand that the nature of their work is somewhat unpredictable, and they appreciate that hospitals must be able to provide health care during emergencies and other unforeseen events. Vacations or sickness can sometimes leave medical facilities dangerously understaffed, and this may lead to employers asking or requiring nurses and doctors to work overtime.
The Fair Labor Standards Act was established in 1938 and outlines federal laws that are ultimately used to protect employees in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. This legislation establishes a minimum wage for all workers, as well as overtime pay, and also sets standards for keeping records and youth employment. Employment as a minor is very important to many young individuals in the country and their protection is a priority.
Some workers in Wisconsin may have heard about a class action suit that employees of Tyson Foods are bringing against the meatpacking company. On Nov. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding Iowa workers from a pork-processing plant who are suing for unpaid overtime.
Knowing your employee rights in the state of Wisconsin is an important part of having a successful career. Too many are unaware of federal laws that protect them against harassment, retaliation and uphold their fair labor standards while they are in the workplace. Certain guidelines must be met for all employees, but some are given even further or specialized protection—such as those with disabilities.
Over the last few decades, employment law has evolved to restrict discrimination on many factors: sex, age, religion, color, natural origin and, more recently, LGBT issues. But another area of discrimination has been getting increased attention across the country. The issue is whether and how much a prospective employer can investigate an applicant’s criminal history.
Since laws forbidding employment discrimination were passed, they have been expanded to include other forms of discrimination as society has progressed socially. Obesity and sexual orientation can now be recognized as forms of discrimination. Obesity discrimination is closely related to another form that seems to be increasingly recognized by the courts: lookism.
In Wisconsin, many workers, especially in the retail industry, are paid on commission. This means most of their pay is based on how much they sell. While this can be a boon for salespeople with a flashy smile, especially during a swell in the economy. But what happens when employees don’t make enough off of their commissions? These workers still fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore are still due minimum wage and overtime.
In the state of Wisconsin, remaining in compliance with local, state and federal labor laws is very important. These laws protect both the employee and the employer. One of the biggest defenses for equitable work conditions in the nation is the legislation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This act was created for the sole purpose of providing workers with jobs that met their needs and following federal standards. All businesses around the country are required to follow this act while governing their employees.
When you are on the clock for extended periods of time in the Wisconsin workplace, having a set time to sit, relax and enjoy a meal can be a boon. Though there are some federal laws regarding breaks, found under the Fair Labor Standards Act, but for the most part this area is left to the state. There are specific regulations from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that ensure employees’ rights in this regard. These regulations are age-specific.
A workplace is to be a place where you can get your work done in relative peace, without facing harassment or abuse from your coworkers. Yet, so many Wisconsin workers deal with verbal abuse constantly, violating their employees’ rights. While this may be becoming more common, you do not have to tolerate it.