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What constitutes workplace retaliation?

As an employee in Minnesota, you have certain rights, and your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you or punish you if you make the decision to exercise these rights. For example, if you witness or experience discrimination or sexual harassment at work and "blow the whistle" about the incident to a supervisor, you are legally protected in your right to do so. Similarly, if you refuse a supervisor's advances or refuse to obey the orders of a superior because you are being asked to do something you know is illegal, you cannot be retaliated against for taking action against them.

Are you eligible for a leave of absence?

Industrial and manufacturing employees in Minnesotaare no different than workers in other industries. They have families and lives outside of their places of employment that may occasionally require them to take time off. To better understand your rights as an employee, you should learn more about the stipulations that can affect your eligibility for a leave of absence.

New rules regarding salaried workers' overtime pay

There are many national and state laws in place protecting the rights of workers, including overtime pay. Although overtime is often considered more with hourly employees than salaried, some salaried employees in Minnesota are also eligible to receive overtime pay. According to the ABC News, a new federal law going into effect on December 1, 2016, changes the Fair Labor Standards Act and alters the overtime pay due to salaried workers.

The facts about multi-employer pensions' insolvency risk

When it comes time for retirement, employees in Minnesota and around America want to know that their savings and pensions will be there for them. However, when the economy hits a bad turn, a pension runs out of money or a business fails, it leads to questions about what will happen to the employees who rely on the funds to pay their golden years.

What happens if my employer doesn't pay my final wages?

Whether you decide to quit your job or are discharged by your employer, you still have the right to your final wages. Every state has particular guidelines in effect for the time period in which an employer must pay their employees or face penalties. In Minnesota, employers have up to 20 days after your final day of work to pay you your final wages, but it should occur on the next scheduled payday, according to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. You should get your wages within 24 hours of asking in the case that you are fired or otherwise dismissed from your job.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

Many employers in Minnesota establish retirement plans for their workers as a part of their benefits packages. While companies are not required to offer these, if the plans are available, there is a federal law that regulates them. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this law is known as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Who is eligible for FMLA?

The Family Medical Leave Act is in place to help you get through potentially difficult circumstances in your life that may otherwise affect your employment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only certain workers are eligible for protection under the FMLA. To receive the benefits, your private employer must have 50 or more employees that are covered under the law, or you must work for a government agency. Furthermore, before being eligible for FMLA you must have been employed with an eligible employer for at least 12 months with no breaks lasting longer than seven years. In those 12 months, you must have worked 1250 hours prior to the start date of your leave. There must also be at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the site at which you work for you to be eligible under the law.

Overtime guaranteed for many workers in MN

Overtime is an employee right governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that controls how businesses handle their employee work hours and the wages they earn for their time. Minnesota has also adopted its own laws governing these issues, so employees are required to ensure that they are fully compliant with both the state and federal guidelines.

Is unemployment an employee right?

If you have been let go or fired from a job in Minnesota, you may be wondering if receiving unemployment benefits is considered an employee right. Employee rights are legally protected obligations which employers cannot refuse to provide to their workers. In Minnesota, unemployment is not considered a right in many situations.

Is unemployment an employee right?

If you have been let go or fired from a job in Minnesota, you may be wondering if receiving unemployment benefits is considered an employee right. Employee rights are legally protected obligations which employers cannot refuse to provide to their workers. In Minnesota, unemployment is not considered a right in many situations.