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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.

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.

Receiving unemployment compensation

Growing economic problems all over the world result in companies laying off their employees to reduce costs. Budget cuts mean employees must be let go, and the ones who are left have to work harder. Employees who are fired without a particular reason might be eligible for unemployment benefits and compensation. Employees must pay a payroll tax to receive unemployment insurance (UI). The unemployment insurance fund has been created by the government to deal with these situations. The fund allows employees who have lost their jobs without any reason to receive a percentage of the previous earnings.

Payday regulations and laws

Payday laws establish how frequently an employer must pay their employees. These laws vary from state to state. Some states only require that the employer sends a written notice to the employees regarding the pay period. Others have made guidelines for employers about how and when to pay the employees. The amount of employees and size of the organization is taken into consideration by the state.

Filing for ERISA benefits

Private employers often provide certain attractive benefits to their employees. These include retirement plans as well as disability insurance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 governs these benefits and makes sure employers are following the guidelines. All employers must follow ERISA rules and requirements when making benefit plans.

The Fair Labor Standards Act provides you with important rights

Far too often we are all guilty of forgetting just how privileged we are to live and work in the United States. One of the reasons that we are admired worldwide is that as citizens we are granted certain rights and privileges. These rights and privileges extend not only to our personal lives, but our work lives as well. And one of the legal cornerstones from which we derive benefits is the Fair Labor Standards Act.