Employment Laws

Employment law covers all rights and obligations within the employer-employee relationship -- whether current employees, job applicants, or former employees. Because of the complexity of employment relationships and the wide variety of situations that can arise, employment law involves legal issues as diverse as discrimination, wrongful termination, wages and taxation, and workplace safety. Many of these issues are governed by applicable federal and state law. This is FindLaw's collection of Employment Laws articles, part of the Human Resources section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Employment Laws Articles
    • Stock Options and The Terminated Employee

      A major concern of high-level employees terminated from their employment is the fate of their stock options. The amount at stake is often several times the employee's salary, and may dwarf the amount of severance the company may offer. Learn more in this article.

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    • Indoor Air Quality; Legal and Liability Issues

      People spend an estimated ninety percent of their time indoors. Here we will discuss different claims related to indoor air pollution exposure including possible causes of action and various cases dealing with the matter.

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    • Stress in the Workplace: The Availability of Workers' Compensation Benefits

      Compensability for occupational diseases has become commonplace in most, if not all, jurisdictions throughout the country; however, the majority of claims filed allege physical rather than mental disability. Learn more about stress in the workplace and the availibility of workers' compensation in this article.

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    • Early Retirement Programs

      This article discusses some of the principal legal issues that an employer must consider in planning an early retirement program. The first question an employer must consider is whether to use incentives for surplus employees to retire. Learn more now by reading along.

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    • Retaliation Lawsuits Can Bring Surprising Results

      If an employee complains about his employer's conduct, and the conduct isn't actually unlawful, may the employee still have a viable claim for discrimination? Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the answer is "yes." Learn more now in this article.

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    • Are You Entitled To A Medical Leave Of Absence?

      The California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") provide eligible employees with leave for up to three months, and the same or comparable job upon returning to work. Learn more about medical leave of absences in this article.

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    • Criminal Background Checks In Hiring Decisions

      Due to growing concerns about employee violence, theft and other criminal conduct, more employers are using criminal background checks to screen potentially problematic job applicants. Learn more about criminal background checks in hiring decisions.

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    • Michigan's Wage and Fringe Benefits Act: A Pitfall for Employers

      Michigan's Wage and Fringe Benefit Act has remained an anomaly for most Michigan employers. Since most employers are governed by the Federal wage and hour law, rather than the comparable state law, they fail to recognize key parts of the Michigan law. Learn more in this article.

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    • Employment Termination in Pennsylvania

      Most Pennsylvania employment relationships in the private sector are considered legally to be "at-will" relationships. Learn more about at-will employment relationships in this article.

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    • Counseling the Human Resource Function - Understanding What HR Does

      Even if you are not an "employment law" specialist you will almost certainly get involved with personnel issues that arise with your clients and will interact with their human resources professionals, often referred to as "HR". Learn more about the importance of HR functions in this article.

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