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Labor Laws and Government Agencies

Government agencies and Federal and state labor laws impact employer rights and behaviors, and the interaction that employers have with their employees. Find out about the government agencies, the labor laws and practices, and the regulations that cover employers, their labor practices, and their relationships with their employees. Find out more about labor laws.
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Accommodation of Disabled Employees
How far does an employer need to go to accommodate an employee or an applicant under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Find out how far.

Americans With Disabilities Act - An Employer’s Responsibilities
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, which is similar to the ADA in many respects, covers employers with one or more employees; other states may similarly...

Civil Rights Act of 1964: Employment Related Components
Interested in knowing what employment laws were established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964? There are misunderstandings about who and what is covered. Learn more.

COBRA
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) set forth regulations that give employees and their families, who lose their health benefits because of unemployment, the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan. These health care benefits may be extended for limited periods of time under certain circumstances according to the COBRA regulations.

COBRA Subsidy Extension: The Latest About (2-2010)
The COBRA subsidy has been extended for an additional six (6) months and eligibility to receive the subsidy extends to February 28, 2010. If you are subject to COBRA, you are required to comply with these extensions and must also provide additional notices advising of same. Importantly, individuals who had the subsidy but dropped coverage when...

COBRA Subsidy and Alternative Healthcare Options (4-2009)
Providing COBRA and alternative healthcare options for departing employees assures your employees that you care about them. Although the COBRA subsidy makes COBRA a more tempting, less expensive alternative for some employees, others may be better served by private insurance options. Learn about the COBRA subsidy and how employees can find...

Economic Stimulus Package and COBRA (2-2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (the "Act") was signed into law on February 17, 2009. This new law dramatically affects employers whose group health plans are subject to COBRA, which includes virtually all employers with 20 or more employees. As an employer who is potentially impacted by this legislation, prompt attention must be paid to the substantial requirements under the Act and its affect on COBRA.

Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9)
The Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) is the form that is required by the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to document eligibility for employment in the United States. All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986, must complete Section 1 of this form at the time of hire,...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee or potential employee in certain workplaces. The EEOC handles discrimination complaints. Learn more.

What You Need to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affects private and public sector employers, including state, local, and federal government. It sets regulations about pay and hours. Find out more.

Family and Medical Leave Act
As most employers are now aware, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide twelve weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees within a 12-month period. The FMLA applies to private employers with 50 or more employees, and to all public employers. Learn the answers to several common questions you may have about...

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that requires employers to protect employee medical records as confidential. HIPAA includes regulations that cover how employers must protect employees’ medical privacy rights and the privacy of their health information. Learn more about the employer's...

IRS Mileage Reimbursement:
Many companies use the IRS mileage reimbursement rate to reimburse employee travel on business. It's an accepted number and many taxpayers use it. Learn more about mileage reimbursement.

Minimum Wage
What is a minimum wage and why does it exist? It ensures that employees receive a minimum amount of pay. The Federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Many states also have minimum wage laws that you need to know.

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a federal government agency, founded by Congress in 1935. The primary responsibility of the NLRB is to administer the National Labor Relations Act. Find out more.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Interested in the Occupational Outlook Handbook? It's a nationally recognized source of career and job information. Find out more about this Federal service.

Retaliation Is Illegal
Retaliation is revenge or reprisal. It is a serious legal issue for employers who allow its practice. Find out more about retaliation.

What Is the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is charged with protecting the interests of employees, job searchers, and retirees. Learn more about its employer rules and regulations.

Unemployment Compensation
Unemployment compensation was created by the Social Security Act of 1935 to protect workers who became unemployed. Learn more.

WARN Act Requirements
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) offers: protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union) to...

Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance for employees who are injured or who become ill as a result of their job. Each state has its own legal requirements. Find out what workers' compensation requires and covers.

DOL elaws Advisors
Looking for information about any Federal laws including OSHA, HIPAA, wage and hour issues, FLSA, required workplace posters, veteran's information, and more? Start here for the Department of Labor elaws Advisors.

Department of Justice - ADA Homepage
Find everything you ever wanted to know about the Americans With Disabilities Act including a toll free number for questions.

Labor and Employment Law by State
This Cornell University resource provides links to the employment laws and labor laws of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. These resources provide information about compensation, hours, and other conditions of work.

How Employers Are Managing Health Care Reform and Its Uncertainty
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives employers much to think about and worry. The components of the Act are confusing and most don't know if their company will win or lose. Find out more.

How to Interpret Unemployment Information
Want to understand the monthly unemployment report that is issued by the U.S. Department of Labor? Here's how to interpret and understand the unemployment data as presented by an economist.

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