Employment Law

Employment Law is the large body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which encompass all areas of the employee/employer relationship. Employment law is governed by thousands of federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions. Employment law comes from three major sources: laws/statutes written and passed by U.S. and State legislatures, court cases, and authorized administrative bodies.

The major topic areas in employment law include:

  • Hiring Process – job advertisements, applications, interviews
  • Discrimination – Title VII, race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, FEHA and other protected attributes, filing a claim
  • Disability – employer accommodations, discrimination, unemployment and other issues
  • Wage & Hour – minimum wage, overtime, garnishment, exempt vs. non-exempt employees
  • Family & Medical Leave – time away form work without being fired and resulting disputes
  • Freedom in the Workplace – grooming, dress, privacy, freedom of expression, hygiene
  • Workers’ Compensation¬†when to file
  • Harassment – sexual harassment, retaliation
  • Health & Safety – OSHA, inspections, compliance
  • Unions – organized labor and related issues
  • Leaving a Job – non-compete agreements, trade secrets, inventions
  • Discharge & Layoffs – WARN, whistleblower protections, retaliation
  • Unemployment – unemployment insurance, unemployment benefits
  • Retirement – mandatory retirement, benefits

There are thousands of additional subcategories and niches in employment law. Sorting through them all without any specialized training or knowledge is virtually impossible for someone unfamiliar with the law. Thus, this blog exists for you!