Employees are expected to perform their jobs in an appropriate manner. There are often specific ways that things should be done, and employers usually insist their employees follow all established guidelines and procedures. At least this is the case in most Wisconsin workplaces. However, in some instances, the employer chooses to take shortcuts, undermining the health and safety of workers, which can lead to an employee informing the proper authorities about such questionable practices. However, although protected by law, that employee may face retaliation on the job for his or her whistleblowing.
Most Wisconsin workers want the same thing -- to be treated with respect and dignity at their place of employment. Workplace discrimination undermines this and often creates and fosters hostile environments, in which otherwise competent workers struggle. Women in particular seem to bear the brunt of much of this discrimination.
Online harassment is a prevalent problem. According to Pew Research, 40 percent of people who use the internet have experienced online harassment. Does this apply to you? Do you know who is causing it?
If you have been injured on the job, it is important to consult with an experienced work injury attorney to help you receive the compensation that you may be entitled to under workers' comp laws. If you company employs three or more employees, you are generally entitled to some form of compensation for any work-related injury. According to data compiled by the National Academy of Social Insurance, these are among the top workplace injuries on an annual basis:
Most Wisconsin employees expect to be treated with fairness and dignity in the workplace. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is still very much alive. Many people continue to be passed over for promotions, given unjustly negative performance reviews and subjected to other forms of discrimination.
Contracts that prevent employees from working at an employer's competitor in the future are becoming more common in many kinds of professions. Agreements not to compete, called noncompetes, can also prohibit former employees from seeking out business from former clients. These contracts are a relatively simple way for companies to protect business interests.
Wisconsin employees are often forced into difficult situations when dealing with unlawful behavior at work -- suffer through it, or report it and face possible retaliation. Employment law is clear that employers may not retaliate against workers who bring misconduct to their attention. Unfortunately, an untold number of Wisconsin workers continue to face volatile work environments for trying to report unlawful incidents or behaviors.
It can happen in a subtle manner or what you think may be an overt action against you. The problems at work have increased after you lodged a complaint about someone who has power over you at work. Now, your career or position at your company is suffering.
Every employer should be familiar with wage and hour laws set by the US federal government, as well as state and local laws. Wage and hour laws protect workers' rights. The law states the minimum amount a worker can earn per hour and the maximum hour that a worker can be expected to work in a day. The law also provides rules for overtime pay, break time regulations, tips, pay periods, direct deposit, paycheck deductions and weekend pay.
If you have been terminated from your job and your employer offers you a settlement agreement, it can be tempting to immediately sign the document. Becoming suddenly unemployed can make a settlement agreement very enticing.
One of the biggest challenges a small business owner may face is when an employee takes unpaid medical leave. Each state holds its own intricacies and special laws that allow a singular person or a family to take a medical leave of absence. With federal acts like the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), sometimes employee rights and employer obligations overlap. Here's what you need to know to make sure you successfully manage your employee's medical leave.