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Can your boss cut your pay?

You get a job making $50 per hour. After two years on the job, instead of getting a raise, they tell you they want to cut your pay down to $25 per hour. It's a massive blow for you to absorb, and you may find yourself wondering if it's even legal.

Workplace sexual orientation discrimination in CA: 3 protections

As noted in an earlier post, the Supreme Court of the United States will likely be asked to review whether or not Title VII (also known as the Civil Rights Act) provides protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at the federal level. The fact that these protections are not always a given may cause some concern within the workplace. It is important to note that this single law is not the only form of protection available to workers. Additional protections, especially in California, are available.

Does title VII protect workers from sexual orientation discrimination?

In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) found bans on same-sex marriage at the state level unconstitutional. Our country's highest court stated that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states both allow and recognize same-sex marriages. These same justices that two years earlier struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act held that states must recognize same-sex marriages. But what does this mean in the real world? What does this mean for couples that can now openly marry the ones they love? Although their marriages are recognized, will they be protected from retaliation by employers?

How Your Employee Rights Can Be Violated As a Federal Worker

Despite being hired to a lucrative firm, employees still need to exercise caution on their fundamental rights, lest their ever demanding bosses infringe them. As an employee, you are entitled to basic rights such as the right to free speech and association irrespective of the consensus currently enforced. The fundamental right to free speech is firmly embedded in the American DNA as a prerequisite to democracy. Nevertheless, such an essential right can limit your communication with the public, especially for federal workers.

How Your Employee Rights Can Be Violated As a Federal Worker

Despite being hired to a lucrative firm, employees still need to exercise caution on their fundamental rights, lest their ever demanding bosses infringe them. As an employee, you are entitled to basic rights such as the right to free speech and association irrespective of the consensus currently enforced. The fundamental right to free speech is firmly embedded in the American DNA as a prerequisite to democracy. Nevertheless, such an essential right can limit your communication with the public, especially for federal workers.

How does a Qui Tam lawsuit work?

A Qui Tam action lawsuit is brought forward by individuals who believe an organization is defrauding the government in a particular way. In most cases, the person taking action is an employee of the organization. A Qui Tam claim allows the government to recover the amount lost because of fraud. The employee who comes forward with the information might receive a small percentage of the recovery as a reward.

Refusing a job offer and still collecting unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits may be collected by an individual after refusing a specific job offer. The reason for refusal though plays an important role in determining whether you will still receive benefits. Jobs that are considered unsuitable for you can be rejected knowing that the benefits will stay intact.

Retirement benefits for employees

Planning your retirement ahead of time is important if you want to live a comfortable life later on. It is not an easy process, and you must have prior knowledge of different retirement plans to be successful. Understanding these plans is important before you select the one that suits you best. Government employees usually receive pensions after their retirement, but they also have 401(k) plans available. Those who are not eligible for 401(k) plans can create retirement plans for themselves under the IRA and save money for the future.

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

Employees who lose their jobs or resign voluntarily, as well as their family members, also lose their health insurance coverage provided by the employer through a group health plan. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives the employee the right to continue the benefits provided to them for a specified amount of time, under qualifying conditions.

Dealing with employer retaliation

Whistleblowing is a concept familiar to all organizations regardless of size. There are mixed views about the moral rightness of this concept but it is the duty of the law to protect these employees. Organizations cannot terminate the contracts of these employees while the proceedings are in process. A person cannot be penalized for saying something he thinks is wrong or if he feels that it has an impact on the organization. Organizations however have other ways to retaliate against whistle blowers which employees need to be careful about.