Employee Rights in the Workplace

If you are a business owner with staff it is in your best interest to understand what the employee rights in the workplace are.

They are much different and greater than salaried employee rights.

I will not speak to the State requirements but certainly the Federal Government has plenty of their own starting with the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA provides employers and employees with information about the Federal minimum wage, overtime, child labor and record keeping requirements.

Salaried Employee Rights in the Workplace

It would be wise to have this poster placed in your workplace, and you to become very familiar with its requirements. It could be very costly if you do not!

The bottom line is that there are many employee rights in the workplace even without involving a union. I'm not for or against the union. I am for doing the right thing for your staff, but I disagree often with the tactics that the union uses to accomplish this.


OSHA also protects employees and mandates certain things for different types of businesses. One of the most important for them is the "Right to Know" which in short means that an employee has the right to know what is contained in any chemical that they work with or any dangers they may be exposed to. One of the items they require is generally referred to as a Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS for short.

OSHA also requires that you provide your employees with Personal Protective Equipment or PPE for jobs that require it. My understanding is that you only have to provide the minimum; however, you do not want your employees getting hurt or exposed to something that is dangerous.

There are other regulatory requirements as well in both the above regulations.

I strongly encourage you to pick up the following book to learn as much as possible about your responsibilities to your staff.

In addition, the federal government has a few website you can check out but I have always found it easier to read something that is written in a way I can understand it better. One of the books is by Terence Murphy, "Understanding The Fair Labor Standards Act: The FLSA ... A Compliance Guide for Employers."

Thank You and May God Bless You!

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