Social Networking & Computer Privacy at Work
July 1, 2018
Does your employer have a right to see what you post or don't post on social media? Do they have a right to mandate what you post? With so much political division in workplaces today, it is vital that workers understand their privacy rights when it comes to social media, email and internet presence. We've updated our page on Social Networking & Computer Privacy in the Workplace. Check it to make sure you are up to speed on what your rights are.
NEW PAGE: Social Media in the Workplace - State Laws
July 1, 2018
We've added a new page. With the political discord in America today more people than ever are speaking out on social media. Can your employer demand access to your social media accounts?
25 states so far have passed laws specifically addressing this privacy issue. Read our new Social Media in the Workplace - State Laws page to learn what the law is in your state.
Workplace Searches: Where does the law draw the line?
July 1, 2018
Can your employer search your belongings? It happens all the time, but that doesn't mean it is lawful. Workplace searches may be permitted or prohibited depending on where you work, what you do, and the reason for the search. We've updated our page on Workplace Searches. Read our FAQ's to find out more.
We've added a new page: Non-disclosure agreements - What are they and what do you need to know?
June 6, 2018
NDAs are nothing new. Companies have been using these agreements for decades to keep trade secrets but are also used to keep workplace problems like sexual harassment under wraps. NDAs are often used to stop the victims from speaking out. They are included in settlement agreements and prohibit victims of sexual harassment or assault from publicly discussing the settlement and what happened to them. Many victims fear the legal action that may be taken against them if they violate the terms of their agreements.
Workplace Fairness seeks to educate workers about their rights. Our new NDA page answers the most commonly asked questions about these agreements and helps workers to understand their rights. Check out the new page to find out:
What is an NDA?
What should I look out for in an NDA?
What if I break the terms of my NDA?
Can I negotiate the terms of an NDA?
Are there negative tax consequences for me if I have an NDA based on sexual harassment?
And much more.
Bad News for Workers in Arbitration Agreements
June 6, 2018
We've added some important information to our Forced Arbitration Agreementspage.
Recently the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 split, that employers may include class action waivers in their forced arbitration agreements. This is bad news for workers. Read the whole page to make sure you know what your rights are when your employer asks you to give up your right to sue in court when there is a dispute.
How Much Do You Know About Race Discrimination in the Workplace?
May 17, 2018
Sexual harassment and sexism may be all over the news today but race discrimination should not be forgotten. Workers need to know what their rights are in the workplace and know what to do when they are violated. We've recently updated our page on Racial Discrimination. Take a look and find answers to 22 frequently asked questions about race, racism, and discrimination in the workplace.
Pay Discrimination Changes
May 17, 2018
We've updated and added to our Pay or Compensation Discrimination page. We've answered 10 of the most frequently asked questions about what pay discrimination is and how we are protected against it. Find detailed, easy to read information about the Equal Pay Act, filing a discrimination claim, and whether you are protected against retaliation when you file.
What is Family Responsibilities Discrimination? Do you know the facts? Are you protected?
May 10, 2018
Just in time for Mother's Day we've updated our FAQ page on Family Responsibilities Discrimination. Many people may not have even heard of this. But if you've ever felt that you were being treated unfairly at work because you have a family, you may have experienced it. The good news is that you may be protected from negative employment actions by various state and federal laws. Check out our answers to 18 of the most commonly asked questions about this issue.
Disability Leave: What Does the Law Allow and Who is Covered?
May 7, 2018
We've recently updated our FAQ page on Disability Leave. Check it out to find the most asked questions about ADA and FMLA. Learn about who these laws protect, and what kind of leaves are permitted. Also get information about other reasonable accommodations available in the workplace under these and other laws.
Flexible and Predictive Scheduling: What does the law allow?
April 18, 2018
If you've ever worked an hourly job, particularly in food service or retail, you've probably wondered whether the law protects you from a crazy and unpredictable work schedule. We've added a new page of FAQ's about Flexible and Predictive Scheduling. Get educated about the laws regarding flex time and also whether workers are protected from things like last minute scheduling and "clopening."
Have smoking laws changed?
April 6, 2018
Smoking in the workplace hasn't been a big issue lately, but the advent of vaping and legalization of marijuana in many states is bringing it back to the forefront. We've recently updated our FAQ's on state laws regarding smoking in public and in the workplace. Make sure you know what the law says in your state so that smokers and non-smokers alike can exercise their rights.
What is Religious Discrimination and what can you do about it?
January 4, 2018
We've updated our 35 frequently asked questions about religious discrimination. This topic spans many possible scenarios and can affect anyone in the workplace. See our updated page to learn what the law says about religion in the workplace and what you can do if you think you are a victim of religious discrimination.
Protect yourself from Pregnancy Discrimination
January 4, 2018
Our Pregnancy Discrimination page has been updated. Find out what employer actions may be prohibited when it comes to pregnant employees. These 23 frequently asked questions about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace will help you protect your rights, and your job, during and after pregnancy.
Racial Harassment Updates
December 6, 2017
In some workplaces, racial harassment is alive and well. One of the best ways to stamp it out and promote fairness and equality is for workers to know what the law protects and how to enforce their rights in the workplace.
We've updated our Racial Harassment page with 30 FAQ's from "What is racial harassment?" to "How do I file a complaint?" and everything in between.
Updates on Race Discrimination
November 9, 2017
The perpetrators of race discrimination in our country have been emboldened. In today's political climate it is vital that workers in every sector stay informed about their rights in the workplace. We've updated our Race Discrimination page. Also see our Discrimination section for information on 21 other discrimination topics.
New Information on Federal Contractors
November 8, 2017
Infectious Diseases in the Workplace
November 3, 2017
Cold and Flu season is upon us. We've updated our Infectious Disease page in our Health & Safety section. Get information on what legal requirements and protections there are in the workplace with respect to infectious diseases.
We've added a new Apprenticeship Programs page
October 20, 2017
We're keeping up with the President and Department of Labor's focus on expanding apprenticeship programs. Per the President's Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America, the Secretary of Labor has recently appointed a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The task force's goal is to "identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships."
So, we've added Q&A style information for workers about how an apprentice differs from an employee, how apprenticeships benefit workers, and what laws cover apprenticeship agreements. See our new page on Apprenticeship Programs for more information.
Do Your State Laws Protect Your Political Beliefs and Activity at Work?
October 20, 2017
We've added Retaliation for Political Activity --- State Laws to our Whistleblowing and Retaliation page.
Can your employer fire you, demote you, or otherwise retaliate against you because they disagree with your political views or your political activity? Can employers threaten to close down, or have layoffs if a certain candidate wins or loses? Different states provide different protections for employees engaged in the political process. See our new page on state political activity retaliation laws to find out more.
We've added a new page: Salary History Disclosure
October 10, 2017
Have you ever wondered why you have to tell a prospective new employer how much you were paid at your last job? If you were underpaid at your last job, or you were the victim of pay discrimination, how do you stop that discrimination from following you to your new job?
Read our new Salary History Disclosure page to find out how to have fair pay negotiations and learn more about what you do and don't have to disclose.
Get more information about other issues in the hiring process on our Hiring and Classifications page.
When you are the victim of domestic violence, how safe is your job?
October 2, 2017
Domestic violence is a serious problem facing millions of American workers. When you’re trying to keep yourself or your family safe your first thought may not be your job. But if you have to take time off to go to court, talk to the police, or seek medical attention, can you be fired or discriminated against at work? See our newly updated page on Domestic Violence and the Workplace for more information about what state or local laws may protect you when you or a family member is in a domestic violence situation.
New Page! Undocumented Workers - What Are Your Rights In The Workplace?
September 13, 2017
The future of immigration law in the U.S. is more uncertain now than ever. Undocumented workers need to know how their immigration status can affect their rights in the workplace. Read and share our new Undocumented Workers page to find out more. This FAQ style page provides information about workplace issues facing undocumented immigrants including:
To get more information about discrimination, also see our pages on National Origin Discrimination, and Immigration Status Discrimination.
Everything you didn't know that you didn't know about Workers Compensation
September 6, 2017
Which workers are eligible for workers' compensation? What types of injuries are covered by workers' compensation? Can you still sue someone who caused your injury if you take workers' compensation? We've answered these questions and more in our newly updated pages on workers compensation in our Workplace Injury section. Find General Information about Workers Compensation, get details on how you can be compensated for your injuries at Workers Compensation Benefits, and learn about the process at What To Do If You Are Injured At Work, and Who is Covered by Workers' Compensation.
How Do Your Political Views Affect Your Job? Retaliation -- Political Activity Update.
August 23, 2017
Political tensions are high right now, and the workplace is not immune. Private employers may discipline or fire you based on your political speech or activity. If you work for a private company, and not the government, you may have less protection than you think. Some states and localities provide extra protection against retaliation for political activity. Read our updated page on Retaliation -- Political Activity to find out more about how free your speech really is at work.
For information about free speech protections for government employees, see our page on Public Employees and First Amendment Rights. Also, stay tuned to Workplace Fairness for a new page detailing state and local laws on this topic.
New Information on Comp Time Page
August 16, 2017
If you are being offered comp time instead of overtime pay, or if you aren’t being given the comp time you were promised, get informed. Find out what the law really says about comp time. We’ve added information about the difference for exempt vs. non-exempt employees, as well as special rules that apply to government workers. Our easy-to-read FAQ style Comp Time page will explain what employee’s need to know about comp time.
Violence in the Workplace Page Update
August 1, 2017
We’ve updated our page on Workplace Violence. Many people go through their workday without giving this topic the first thought. But if you have experience with violence or the threat of violence at work, you know the fear is all too real. We’ll give you easy-to-read clear information about what obligations your employer has to keep you safe, and what you can do if you perceive a threat in the workplace. You’ll also find information about guns in the workplace, and what to do if you are the victim of workplace violence.
Independent Contractors FAQ Update
July 14, 2017
Improper classification as an employee or independent contractor can have a big impact on your job and on your legal rights. Check out the latest update to our Independent Contractors FAQ page for more on this topic.
We take you through what it means to be an independent contractor. See how your classification affects what happens when you deal with discrimination, harassment, workplace injuries and many other issues on the job.
Sometimes workers and employers disagree about how to classify someone. See our updated page to find out what factors the Department of Labor and the IRS consider when they determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.
Workplace Health and Safety: OSHA Page Update
July 9, 2017
Workplace Fairness has updated our OSHA page to reflect the requirements of the new Injury and Illness Reporting Rule. The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information that is already recorded on OSHA forms. The information, in a summarized form which does not identify individuals would be available online to the public. The rule also includes anti-retaliation provisions, which went into effect in December 2016.
Originally, electronic submissions under this rule were due to begin in July 2017, but those requirements have been pushed back under the Trump administration. OSHA has now proposed that the date to begin electronic reporting be pushed back to December 1, 2017 in part so that the new administration can review the requirements before they take effect. See our OSHA page for details about the reporting requirements and electronic submissions.
Updates on Social Media and Retaliation for Union Activity
April 14, 2015
In the age of social media it is more important than ever to stay informed about how your social media activity can impact your employment. See our newly updated page on Social Networking and the Workplace to answer your questions in this rapidly changing area of law. Social media issues can cross many areas of law, and may even be protected by labor laws. For more information about protections for union activity and collective action see our updates on Retaliation for Union and Collective Action Activity.
Updated content on Discrimination and Paid Leave.
February 2, 2015
We're keeping up with changes happening in Discrimination law. See extensive updates at our pages on Pregnancy Discrimination, Family Responsibilities Discrimination, and Gender Identity Discrimination.
Also, in our Benefits & Leaves section, we've added a new page on State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws.
New pages about your rights in the workplace to send out the year.
December 31, 2014
We've added 105 new pages to keep you informed about the latest developments in employment law. We now offer detailed information, by state, on the processes for filing workers compensation claims, and unemployment claims.
In our Discrimination and Harassment sections we've added new pages on genetic information discrimination, and the effects of domestic violence in the workplace. Also in our Unions section we've added information about the 24 states that currently have right-to-work laws, and what that means for workers.
Now Available: Third Edition of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide
October 20, 2014
Order your eBook -- hot off the presses (not really) -- of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide, the definitive how-to guide for enforcing the rights of federal employees from the attorneys of Passman & Kaplan P.C. The brand-new 3rd edition, available for the first time as an eBook, is $24.95 here: Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide.
Workplace Fairness Wins "People's Choice Award" at NYC Lean Impact Summit!
January 21, 2014
Workplace Fairness Wins "People's Choice Award" at NYC Lean Impact Summit! On December 5, 2013, Paula Brantner, Workplace Fairness' Executive Director recently traveled to New York City to participate in the Lean Impact conference; the Lean for Social Good Summit. After a brief presentation on how WF applies "Lean" principles to our non profit and an audience vote, we were thrilled to win the "People's Choice" Award!
Workplace Fairness and our blog Today's Workplace win two International Labor Communications Association awards.
September 7, 2010
Workplace Fairness and our blog Today's Workplace win two International Labor Communications Association awards. Also, we're this month's featured organization on the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights website.
Karaoke Thank You
July 7, 2010
We would like to thank those who sponsored and donated to our karaoke event last week. We had a blast and raised money to help keep the Workplace Fairness content free to workers and their advocates. If you missed it but still want to support WF, donate here.
June 17, 2010
Start practicing! You are invited to join us for I WILL SURVIVE! Workplace Fairness Karaoke Returns… on Thursday June 24 in Washington, D.C. Tickets are available here. All proceeds raised that evening will support the programs and activities of Workplace Fairness.
Find A Lawyer
December 16, 2009
2009 Labor Day Report & Blog Carnival
September 4, 2009
To celebrate Labor Day 2009 Workplace Fairness has issued the report: "Change Has Come to the Workplace", written by legal intern Hannah Goitein (The George Washington University Law School Class of 2011). This Labor Day report highlights the changes we have already seen in the last several months since President Obama took office, as well as what is on the horizon. Much has already been accomplished, between the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, and the appointment of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has passionately championed workers' rights throughout her illustrious career. Read the report here.
Also, we've organized the Labor Day blog carnival "Taking Back Labor Day" to celebrate advancements in workers rights and generate ideas for the future. Read the blogs here.
Workplace Fairness Profiled in D.C. 'Examiner'
July 15, 2009
Workplace Fairness was recently a highlighted non-profit organization by the local news source 'D.C. Examiner'.
Writer Dianne Walker says, "Workplace Fairness is primarily Internet based which allows anyone to use its services nationwide. The website is extremely user friendly."
H1N1 and Economic Stimulus Package Page Updates
June 10, 2009
Workplace Fairness has over 250 pages of workers rights information. We strive to maintain each page to reflect current laws and news related to each topic. Therefore, we have just updated pages for two of the most prevalent topics recently: The H1N1 virus and the Economic Stimulus Package.
Our H1N1 resource page helps to answer your questions about taking sick days if you contract the virus, infection control policies at work, and more. View the H1N1 resource page here.
You may also have questions about how the economic stimulus package effects unemployment benefits. We've collected information and answers to some of your questions about the economic stimulus package here.
Now on Facebook and Twitter!
June 2, 2009
April 30, 2009
Workplace Fairness can now be viewed in more than 30 languages.
Look for the "Choose Language" pulldown menu in the top left corner of many of our website pages, and watch Google Translate at work, automatically translating the text right before your eyes.
Translation technology has considerably improved in recent years, making this a cost-effective solution for reaching new communities of workers with our content.
If you or someone you know can help us with translating our site menus into other languages contact: [email protected]
Webby Award Nominee
April 14, 2009
Workplace Fairness has been nominated by the Webby Awards for Best Website 2009 in the Law category. The New York Times calls the Webby Award "The Internet's Highest Honor."
Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th hosted by Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live. Winners will be able to share one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches, such as Al Gore's "Please don't recount this vote" and Stephen Colbert's "Me. Me. Me. Me. Me."
What About You?
November 15, 2008
A critical component of our mission at Workplace Fairness is to cover the stories of the real working people who are the foundation of our economy, and of our country. Will you share your story with Workplace Fairness?
Forbes Features Workplace Fairness
October 3, 2008
Forbes.com included Workplace Fairness in a story called “In Depth: 10 Tips For the Unemployed” by Ashlea Ebeling. Tip #2 is demand your unused vacation pay, and highlights our Vacation Pay page. Forbes.com has previously recognized our Today’s Workplace blog as one of the Best of the Web for Career Blogs.
Workplace Fairness Among Best Free Resources for Workplace Law
September 29, 2008
Marcia McCormick, the “Workplace Law Examiner” reporter for Examiner.com, has listed Workplace Fairness as one of the best free resources for workplace law on the Web.
September 15, 2008
Today’s Workplace is Taking Back Labor Day!
August 28, 2008
On Labor Day, September 1, Workplace Fairness will launch the Take Back Labor Day blog project on the new and improved Today’s Workplace, the award-winning blog of Executive Director Paula Brantner.
Workplace Fairness Advertising Sponsorships
August 15, 2008
Firms and organizations which share our mission to help people understand, protect, and strengthen employee rights can now sponsor specific pages and sections of our award-winning website. Learn more on our Workplace Fairness Advertising Sponsorships page.
Workplace Fairness Receives Major Donation from Consumer Lawsuit
July 18, 2008
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., and Grange Insurance announce that a portion of settlement monies from a consumer class-action lawsuit has been donated to Workplace Fairness. Find out more here.
Welcome (Back) to Our New Executive Director
June 2, 2008
Former Program Director and acting Executive Director Paula Brantner returns as Executive Director to revitalize our work to help people understand, protect, and strengthen employee rights.