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November 2016 Archives

Benefits employees with disabilities are eligible for

According to United States law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against their employees because of religion, sex, race and disability. Discrimination due to disability has been very common, but several steps have been taken by the federal government to make sure it is stopped. The unfair treatment of an employee because of their disability is unlawful. Employers may not hire, fire or make any other decisions based on the employee's disability.

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.

Employee rights during the hiring process

United States law gives you certain rights even before you become part of an organization. There are certain rules that employers must follow during the hiring process. The law prohibits companies from discriminating between candidates on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or pregnancy. There may only be exceptions if the job title requires certain types of individuals. Employers who do not treat all candidates equally might face severe consequences in case a complaint is filed.