What is Employment Law?

Laws evolve to regulate human interaction. And because most of us spend more than half our waking hours on the job, it shouldn’t be surprising that a large body of law has developed to regulate our relationships at work, including relationships with co-workers, employers and even outside vendors. Employment law is about more than just hiring and firing employees, though, it’s about salary and benefits, overtime and minimum wages; it’s about discrimination and harassment, and about competition and contract interpretation.  It’s why Congress has passed laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Family Medical Leave Act; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, to name just a few. States, too, have their own laws regulating the employment relationship including such topics as the timely payment of wages, wrongful or constructive discharge, worker’s compensation and pension rights.

A lawyer whose practice focuses on employment law understands the complexity of these laws. They’re trained to spot  issues and facts that are relevant in determining the rights of the affected parties.  Our employment lawyers are experienced in all of these areas and more. If you have concerns about your rights in the workplace, one of our employment lawyers would be pleased to schedule a consultation.

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