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June 2016 Archives

Young employees are entitled to training wage once hired

As summer approaches and young people graduate from school in Michigan, many will be seeking employment, whether full or part time, long or short-term. With the start of a new job also comes the need for training. Some employees might not be aware of their legal rights when it comes to wages during training. If they do not receive what they are entitled to under the law, it could be the basis for a legal filing over a wage claim.

Legal help for employees seeking a class action lawsuit

Workers in Michigan can face issues on the job, regardless of the industry in which they work. There can be contract disputes, breaches of contract, poor treatment of workers, and workplace safety violations, and they can occur in blue collar and white collar jobs. Those employees who believe they have been mistreated as a group should carefully consider the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit.

MI corrections department faces workplace discrimination case

Employment discrimination cases in Michigan often center on an individual's complaint about violations of employee rights, losing a job, or retaliation for raising an issue with the employer. Some cases, however, have to do with workplace discrimination that reaches a level in which the federal government will get involved and take the case on behalf of a group of workers who claim to have been treated unfairly. Those who have a case that might involve behaviors that are so egregious that the Justice Department should get involved need to know how to pursue their claim.

Can disabled workers receive less than minimum hourly pay?

Workers in Michigan are undoubtedly aware of the federal law that requires employees to be paid a certain amount on an hourly basis. So, too, are workers presumably aware that those who have disabilities are afforded certain rights while at work. However, there are times when employers are allowed to pay a worker less than the minimum wage if he or she is disabled. The legality of this is contingent on the employer having a certificate from the Department of Labor simultaneous to fulfilling certain requirements. If this is violated, then it contradicts the law and could be the basis for a legal filing over a wage claim.

New Fair Labor Standards Act overtime threshold on the way

Michiganders who have been wronged in their place of employment may choose to pursue a wage claim or a claim based on a denial of benefits. These individuals should recognize that every employee is protected under the law, including those who are salaried white collar workers. With that in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced a minimum salary that white collar workers must receive in order for them to be viewed as exempt from the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With this announcement, these employees must earn $47,476 annually to be considered exempt. This will begin in December of 2016, and could be a financial boon for those struggling to make ends meet.

Employee rights for workers aged 14 to 18

Now that many teens and young adults in Oakland County are done with school for the summer, they may be in search of a summer job. Whether that seasonal position involves an internship, tipped work, or hourly retail work, young workers still have key employee rights under the law. Most of the time, local employers abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as numerous other laws and regulations, in order to keep workers of all ages safe and fairly compensated. Not every employer follows the law, though, and those affected by unscrupulous practices may want to contact an employment law attorney.

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