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In our nation's capital, private sector employees, particularly those in low-paid hourly jobs, should be rejoicing as D.C.'s Council voted to approve the nation's most generous paid-family-leave law. Under the new law, private sector employees, both full and part time, will now be entitled to eight weeks of paid time off after the birth of a child, as well as six weeks to care for a sick family member, and two weeks of sick leave for the worker. The new law does not apply to federal or district government employees.

The paid family leave provides for employees to receive up to $1,000 per week from the city, which is provided for by a payroll tax that employers will be required to pay. It is unclear, however, whether these benefits will supplement, replace, or just be in addition to those provided by private employers. Unfortunately, the new program is not expected to roll out until 2019, and much work still needs to be done to finalize the program.

While there are numerous legal protections for pregnant employees, being fired while pregnant isn't always a violation of the pregnancy anti-discrimination laws. However, all too frequently, pregnant employees are fired, demoted, or treated adversely, just because they are pregnant, which usually will be a violation of the law.

Proving that the motivation for the termination or other adverse action was discriminatory is a challenging task. Frequently, employers will provide no reason at all, or provide a pre-textual reason (a legitimate-sounding reason that is just meant to cover up the true, illegal, discriminatory reason). Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides a formal complaint process (which is mandatory if you are considering filing a lawsuit).

There have been major concerns regarding the intermingling of President-elect Donald Trump's business and family relationships, and how those might change once he takes office. When Rudy Giuliani addressed these recently, he said that taking the Trump businesses away from the Trump children "would be putting them out of work," highlighting that "they can't work in the government because of the government rule against nepotism."

The rule might be especially important when it comes to Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law who acted as a close advisor during the presidential campaign and who Trump is rumored to have tabbed for a senior spot in his White House. So what is the federal law against nepotism say? And does it apply to Kushner's possible appointment?

Although there are several laws protecting employees from the bad actions of their employers, only a few states actually have laws against workplace bullying. To make matters worse, the laws are rather limited in what they actually protect. However, regardless of the weak legislation, there are steps employees can take to prevent and fight workplace bullying using the laws already on the books.

Although bullying can take many forms, if you are being physically abused, or even intimidated, involving law enforcement is advisable. Physical intimidation, or any unwanted touching, is illegal under criminal law, even if the touching is not hitting or sexual. Additionally, employers have a duty to keep their employees safe, and if you are being assaulted, physically or verbally, at work, your employer is failing in that duty.

Most of us aren't employed as lawyers, but that doesn't mean employment laws don't impact our jobs every day. And while you don't have to be a legal expert in order to protect your rights at work, it does help to know a few basics.

Here are seven of the most important employment laws that can affect your day-to-day work.

When an employer files an I-140 form on an immigrant employee's behalf, the last thing that employee may be concerned about is having the I-140 petition revoked by that employer. However, it is important to know that the employer does have the ability to revoke the petition. Generally, an employer will only seek to revoke the petition in a few limited circumstances, including but not limited to:

Workplaces are becoming more accommodating, especially when it comes to fashion. Every day seems like casual Friday in Silicon Valley. And many companies pride themselves on not only allowing but encouraging their employees to express themselves freely in their fashion choices.

But what about more conservative employers? And what about company grooming policies, like bans on dreadlocks, which appear to have a racial motivation? Can banning dreadlocks constitute racial discrimination?

Whether it's the job of your dreams or just something to pay the bills, getting a job offer is a great feeling. You've done all the hard work of finding the position, applying, and interviewing, so saying yes should be the easy part, right?

Well, not always. There are still quite a few things to consider before you shake your new boss's hand or sign an employment contract. Here are three of those things you need to think about before you accept a job offer.

Can I Legally Be Fired for Taking Sick Days?

You are a worker in the USA, so you can get fired for anything, including calling in sick, or nothing, no reason at all. Your employer does not have to be fair. You just have to do your job and be grateful for it, or so says Glass Door, an employment guidance site.

Legally speaking, most employment contracts are at-will, meaning you can go and you can be let go for any reason or no reason. But employment is a relationship and you provide a service, so let us not live in fear. Try to be reasonable, and do your job, and you should not get fired for needing time unless your boss is a tyrant.

Most of us don't think about where our food comes from. We see something tasty in the veggie aisle at the supermarket and toss it in our basket. Even those of us who are members of farm shares or community supported agriculture (CSA) programs don't always consider the labor it takes to get food from the ground to our doorstep.

And sadly, many of the workers who take care of our food have not enjoyed the same legal labor rights as other workers. But that might be changing as some states seek to enhance and enforce farmworker rights.