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Top 5 Employment Issues

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By Nerissa Sardi on May 28, 2009 12:32 PM

Employment rights and work laws are among the most searched legal topics on FindLaw these days. Not a surprise when you take a look at the national and regional unemployment rates. But workers today are not concerned solely with lost jobs.

 

Here are The 5 most Popular Employment Topics on FindLaw:

 

1. Losing a Job - Being laid off or otherwise terminated when new opportunities are scarce can be stressful to say the least. Many unemployed workers are searching for information on their rights to wages, severance, COBRA or other benefits to help pay the bills between jobs.


2. Work Compensation - Worker's compensation laws are generally maintained by the states and are intended to provide a level of protection and benefits to workers who are injured on the job. 


3. Discrimination & Harassment - There are numerous Federal civil rights laws in existence to protect individuals from different types of discrimination and harassment related to employment. These laws protect most employees from hiring and work discrimination based on race, national origin, gender or religion, as well as other forms of discrimination or harassment based on things like pregnancy and even whistleblowing.


4. Wrongful Termination - If an employer has fired or laid off an employee for illegal reasons in the eyes of the law, then a wrongful termination may have occurred. Some examples of illegal or wrongful termination could include violating federal and state anti-discrimination laws, oral or written employment agreements, or labor & collective bargaining laws.


5. Family & Medical Leave - The Federal Government's Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows qualified employees to take extended leave from work for certain family or medical needs. A number of states including California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey and Washington also have additional laws governing family and medical leave beyond the Federal guidelines. Click here for an overview of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993

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