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Jones Act

The Jones Act regulates the shipping industry and provides remedies not found in general maritime law. It provides certain relief from employers for injuries suffered by seamen because of negligence. Damages and Negligence Courts have interpreted the act to cover future lost wages, living expenses, current and future medical care, and pain and suffering when […]

Oct. 24, 1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 shortens work hours

On Oct. 24, 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, also knows as the Wages and Hours Bill, became law. The act set a national 25-cent minimum hourly wage and a 44-hour maximum work week and established child-labor laws. The act remains the standard for regulating employees’ rights and wages, but exemptions exist, predominantly […]

June 23, 1947: Congress passes the Taft-Hartley Act

The Taft-Hartley Act, a more common name for the Labor Management Relations Act, restricts the power of labor unions. Sponsored by Sen. Robert Taft and Rep. Fred A. Hartley, the act was passed despite a veto by President Truman, who believed the law would clash with the principals of American democratic society. Social Share

Sexual Harassment

The Types of Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment typically takes one of two forms: Quid pro quo harassment—Literally translated from the Latin, quid pro quo means “this for that.” In quid pro quo sexual harassment, there is a promise of a work-related benefit, or the threat of a work-related sanction, in exchange for sexual favors. The […]

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act The Americans with Disabilities Act protects job applicants and employees who either: have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, had such an impairment in the past but no longer do, do not have but are assumed to have such an impairment. Any applicant or employee […]

Information for Employers

Information for Employers Employment discrimination occurs when an employer singles out an employee because of that employee’s characteristics or traits, such as age, race, gender, religious preference or disability. Such discrimination occurs in many forms but is most common in the areas of termination, promotion, wages and harassment. Employment discrimination, under most circumstances, is illegal […]

Other Types of Discrimination

Other Types of Discrimination Equal Pay Several laws entitle workers who perform “substantially equal” work to be paid equally. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 applies only to equal pay regarding sex. Other laws, such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination in pay regarding […]

Common Discrimination Claims

Common Discrimination Claims On average, approximately 80,000 discrimination claims are filed each year nationwide. The majority involves discrimination based on race, age, disability or gender. Race Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals from discrimination based on race. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees, and every race is […]

Job Termination

Lea en español Protecting Yourself from the Loss of Your Job Most states have laws establishing employment as “at will.” This means that either party may terminate the agreement at any time, for any legal reason, provided there is not a written contract for employment. There are limitations on terminating an employee, and employees who […]

Labor and Employment Law

Labor & Employment Law Websites General Employment Law Information Network – Gateway site offering federal and state law articles, case summaries, forms and contracts, HR documents, and a weekly newsletter. Employment, Labor, and Pension Law – List of employment law sites from the‘Lectric Law Library. Labor issues Unions.org – Directory of unions and union resources […]