The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has always been dedicated to opening opportunities so there is fairness and equity - equal opportunity - in the workplace for everyone.
For several years, the U.S Department of Labor's Wage and Hours Division has conducted investigations into underpayment of workers in the field of oil and gas. Central to the investigations was the pre-shift relief meetings. These pre-shift meetings are mandatory for employees and involve an information exchange between the previous shifts employee and the employee coming onto the next.
Last week's "Day Without Women" campaign included a number of activities to increase awareness and support for women's rights issues. One of the events was a strike. Supporters of the cause were encouraged to take a day off of work - paid or unpaid - in order to show by absence how valuable women are in the marketplace.
The general principle of equal pay for equal work is embedded in our culture. Most of us feel like people with the same work responsibilities, hours, job requirements and the like should receive the same compensation.
In 2017, there is no place for discrimination against women in the workplace. At this point, equal pay, equal treatment and a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment against women should be the norm. Indeed, the law demands it.
When it comes to employment discrimination, there are strict rules on what employers can use as grounds for not hiring a prospective employee. In short, employers are not allowed to refuse hiring for reasons of gender, race, age and other demographic factors spelled out in discrimination laws.
The separation of church and state is a strong sentiment for many people in the United States. Although most people believe that separation of church and state is important, the issue becomes quite confusing when dealing with the particulars of individual cases.
You have a bundle of joy on the way, and you couldn't be more excited. You're preparing for the big day when your baby will arrive, and it's normally a joyful time. But you're noticing you're being treated differently at work ever since you announced your pregnancy. Not only is it adding stress, but pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is against the law.
When an employee works, that employee should get paid. It is a simple rule for employment law, but one that major employers seem to forget far too often.
New salary threshold rules were scheduled to go into effect on December 1. Many human resource departments have already complied. What happens if yours has not?