Sick and tired of problems from your employer? Learn about your rights.
Are you a resident of PA working for a business? Do you have the feeling that your company may be taking advantage of you? Have you recently experienced a problem with your employer that has made you ask whether your rights as a worker are being respected?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time for you to learn about fairness and treatment of the worker. In this no-holds-bar guide you’ll learn the basics of employment laws in the state of Pennsylvania, and without legal technical terms to muddle through.
These are the 5 facts that you must know about your rights as a worker:
- First, let’s start with basic employee rights. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. As an employee you’re also entitled to receive overtime pay whenever you work over 40 hours a week. Overtime pay is your wage plus a half. There exists no limit to how many overtime hours you can work, but your employer is bound by the law to pay this rate after you’ve worked your first 40 hours.
- Next, it’s also important to highlight that fairness in the workplace laws do not protect your employment in terms of duration. Pennsylvania law goes by principle called “employment at will,” which means that either employee or employer can end the employment relationship at any time. The only exception to this is if you believe that your employer is violating discrimination laws. Lucky for them, employment at will does not apply to unionized workers or civil service workers.
- It should go without saying that your employee rights in the workplace extend to your personal well-being. No employee can be subject to sexual or physical harassment, and it’s your employer’s job to protect you from that happening. To learn more about what might constitute physical or sexual harassment, read about it here: What Physical Harassment Looked Like in 2016–Would You Know it If You Saw It?
- Your employer also owes you health and well-being in the form of safety in the workplace. That means that, if you get hurt while on the premises of your employer, you will likely be entitled to medical care paid for by your employer and a salary during the time you are out of work. But to get these benefits, you must follow the workers’ compensation claims process to the T. Don’t settle for a lump sum or early settlement from a claims adjuster who says you don’t need a lawyer. You will likely get the short end of the stick. Our law office specializes in representing injured employees and we know workers’ comp laws inside and out. Get in touch with us at TMH Law today if you’ve been hurt on your employer’s’ premises: 215-592-8080.
- Last, we give you a bonus tip on fair treatment of the worker, a law you probably haven’t heard of. If you’re a worker with a contract, you’re entitled to read your own file once a year! This can be helpful if you think something discriminatory may be going on. It’s not a lot, but it´s something. After all, information is power.
This year, don’t let yourself become the doormat. You have rights as an employee, rights to health, well-being, and fair pay. Get in touch with us at TMH Law to get a free consultation.