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- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor standards. It requires businesses to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage (or applicable state minimum wage) and provide overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours per week, unless they qualify for certain exemptions.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The FMLA requires eligible employers to provide unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for specified family and medical reasons. It ensures that employees can take time off to care for their own serious health condition, a family member’s serious health condition, or for the birth or adoption of a child.
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): OSHA sets forth regulations to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for employees. It requires employers to maintain a workplace free from recognized hazards, provide training and protective equipment, and keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It applies to businesses with 15 or more employees and prohibits discriminatory practices in hiring, promotion, compensation, and other employment-related decisions.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment. It requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities unless it would cause undue hardship to the employer.
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): The ADEA protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. It prohibits age-based discrimination in hiring, termination, compensation, and other employment practices.
- Equal Pay Act (EPA): The EPA requires that men and women receive equal pay for equal work in the same establishment. It prohibits pay disparities based on gender for substantially similar job roles and responsibilities.
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRA): The NLRA governs the relationship between employers and employees in private-sector workplaces. It protects employees’ rights to engage in collective bargaining, form or join labor unions, and engage in concerted activities for their mutual aid or protection.
It’s important to note that labor laws can vary by state, and even local jurisdiction. Businesses must stay updated on applicable laws and regulations to ensure compliance with the specific requirements in their operating areas.
Navigating labor laws is a complex undertaking that requires dedicated expertise and ongoing effort. By working with a professional HR provider, businesses can gain access to comprehensive knowledge and support to ensure compliance, mitigate risks, and enhance employee relations. From maintaining up-to-date policies to resolving conflicts and managing legal compliance, HR providers offer valuable services that allow businesses to focus on their core operations. Embracing the benefits of outsourcing HR responsibilities can not only save time and resources but also contribute to a healthier and more successful workplace.