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Laws Protecting the Rights of California Workers

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You might be familiar with basic labor laws, but there are, in fact, a litany of legislative and administrative rules dictating appropriate behavior for employers in California. Infractions should not be taken lightly, and according to the Society for Human Resource Management, there are a number of new employment laws that will take effect throughout the state in 2017. It is important that employers and employees alike be aware of the labor laws that rule the workplace, including some of the most common violations.

Occupational Safety and Hazard Act (OSHA)

The establishment of OSHA in 1971 was to protect workers from common workplace hazards and risks encountered across industries. Some of the most common violations of this legislation include providing insufficient fall protection, failing to communicate hazards and failing to provide respiratory protection. Any lapse on the part of your employer that puts you in a dangerous situation is a potential violation of OSHA regulations.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA protects employees from the threat of job loss in instances that necessitate leave for health or familial reasons. Employees who are eligible for FMLA coverage may take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave time. You may be eligible if you have worked for your employer for at least a year and have clocked at least 1,250 hours in that time.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Every person -- regardless of race, gender, color, national origin, religion or disability -- deserves fair consideration for any position they apply for. The EEO Act guarantees this, and any prejudice contained in the hiring process may be a violation. Employers cannot discriminate on any of the aforementioned bases.

If you suspect that your employer may not be in compliance with labor laws, you should be aware of your legal rights. Contact an attorney for more information.

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