EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR
Labor and employment law deals with the laws that govern the rights and duties between employers and workers. Many of these laws are designed to keep workers safe and ensure they are treated fairly. A separate subset of the laws protect employers' interests, as well. When navigating the complicated landscape of labor and employment law, it is important to consult an experienced attorney.
Employment and labor law includes specific legal matters
- Many employment disputes result in litigation over “wage and hour” violations. Federal law establishes rules with respect to these issues, but in addition to those laws, states like Missouri have their own laws providing additional protections to workers. Wage and hour laws also regulate overtime pay and dictate which employees are exempt from certain benefits.
- Labor law and employment law are two distinct areas. The main difference is that labor law deals with groups of workers, while employment law deals with the rights of individual workers. Labor laws are those which regulate unions and collective action on the part of workers to bring about change in working conditions and pay.
ALL PRACTICE AREAS
How can Dubail Judge help me with Employment and Labor Law issues?
Labor and employment attorneys may advise their clients on a wide variety of issues, ranging from the legality of performing background checks on potential employees to the elements of a discrimination claim to whether an individual should be treated as an employee or an independent contractor under labor and tax laws. Labor and employment lawyers in private practice might also advise their clients on issues relating to human resources, such as overseeing the discipline or termination of an employee to minimize the risks of unlawful actions.
How can alternative dispute resolution affect employment and labor outcomes?
Litigation often constitutes a significant component of employment law practice. Mediation, negotiation, and arbitration are another set of labor and employment practices. While the roles that attorneys play in alternative dispute resolution may vary, most of the mediation and arbitration work is centered on issues arising under contracts between employees and their employers.
Hiring attorneys willing to work toward solutions without first engaging in litigation can save clients money and can result in effective and workable solutions.
Why would I need an employment and labor lawyer?
Unfair or discriminatory labor practices against employees can manifest in a variety of ways, including failure to hire, denial of equal pay for equal work, on-the-job harassment, inappropriate sexual jokes or touching, wrongful discharge, defamation of character, unpaid wages or overtime, denial of leave, and employer retaliation.
Reaching out to talk with an attorney about your labor and employment questions can be helpful for you to understand your rights and if those rights have been violated.