Five Law Overviews from Employment Law 102

Five Law Overviews from Employment Law 102

by Becki Leonard, PHR, SHRM-CP, on June 15, 2022
In the final of our two-part employment law webinar series, several laws and common violations were discussed. It is imperative that business owners and managers know and understand these laws and violations.

For a more in-depth employment law discussion, it's encouraged that you watch the full on-demand webinar. The session addressed PDA, GINA, ADEA, IRCA, EE Polygraph Protection Act, USERRA, EPA, Whistleblower Protection and FLSA.

If you want a sneak peek into what was discussed, listed here are five law overviews from the webinar.

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

This law prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. It is unlawful to administer any adverse employment action against someone because they are pregnant, whether that means not offering them a job, reducing their hours, or not considering them for a promotional opportunity. 

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against persons over the age of 40 with respect to any condition of employment. This law applies to any organization with 20 or more employees and includes state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Uniformed Service Employment & Reemployment Rights Act

This law protects the job rights of individuals who are absent from civilian employment positions to serve in the U.S. military. Time limits for them returning to their civilian positions are dependent on the amount of time served. These respite times can range from eight hours to a 90-day period.

Whistleblower Protection & Retaliation Protection

These laws protect employees from getting discharged or discriminated against because they engage in certain activities that are protected by law. These activities include initiating a proceeding, testifying, or complaining about a violation.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

This act ensures covered employees get paid a minimum, livable wage. It sets the minimum wage, overtime pay, equal pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards. This law applies to the majority of businesses. A business should always assume it is covered by the FLSA until the issue is reviewed carefully due to the serious consequences of failure to comply.

It’s crucial for business owners and management to be aware of these laws. To learn more these and other laws, watch the full on-demand replay of Employment Law 102.
Becki Leonard, PHR, SHRM-CP

Becki has over 25 years of Human Resources experience and holds a business degree with a concentration in HR. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). She also holds her SHRM People Analytics Specialty Credential. At LandrumHR, Becki has worked with the staffing, PEO, and consulting divisions of the company. She currently holds the position of Managing Consultant for hrQ, their national Human Capital Consulting firm. Becki is passionate about helping organizations best manage their greatest resource – their people. A teacher at heart, Becki focuses on helping business leaders understand the “why” behind the “what” so they can move forward with confidence in their decisions.

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