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What are wage and hour rights protected by labor laws?

Upon starting a job, there are certain aspects and rights that remain crucial and necessary. While some of these benefits are added perks for the job, others are specific benefits that are afforded to employees because of employee rights and labor laws. Arguably, the two most important benefits that employees are concerned about are wage and hour rights. These rights focus on the wages and fair pay of employees, and for some workers, joining a union is the best way for employees inn New York and elsewhere to ensure that these rights are continually met and protected.

Benefits of striking and collective bargaining for union members

As previous posts have discussed, union members have powerful tools available to them to address employment or labor law issues. Two of the most important tools are collective bargaining and striking. These fair labor practices were written into law in 1935, which is when the National Labor Relations Act was passed. In the past years, these laws have been adjusted and modified in order to create a better balance between unions and employers.

What the NLRB considers to be a protected concerted activity

Standing up for employee rights and working together with other employees can be a very beneficial process to be involved in. Being part of a union can help ensure that certain rights are protected and even restored if they were unlawfully taken away. The National Labor Relations Board or the NLRB help enforce the laws that protect the rights for employees to act together in an attempt to improve their pay and working conditions.

Protecting your rights during a labor law dispute

Being a part of a labor union can be a very beneficial experience. Employees are able to assert their needs and protect their rights. Additionally, union membership can help with the process of sorting through disputes and reaching a workable resolution. While this is part of union membership, this does not mean that employment litigation does not occur. However, labor unions have a variety of options to work through these matters.

What is a labor union?

While there is a wide variety of work industries in the state of New York, not all work places are designed the same or function the same. In some companies and large corporations, employees set up organizations to ensure their employee rights are outlined and followed. Labor unions are unique to certain industries and they can provide many benefits for employees.

A brief history of labor unions in the U.S.

Labor unions truly had a hand in shaping American culture from the very beginning. The earliest workers and unions fought to make it clear that the U.S. was going to be place where workers were protected. Here is a brief history of the labor movement in America:

What are common causes of a wage and hour dispute?

When unionized workers are hired in New York, they presume that they will be paid accordingly for the job that they are completing. The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, is a federal law that is enforced and overseen by the Department of Labor. This Act sets basic minimum wages and overtime pay. While the Department's Wage and Hour Division enforces these standards, employees oftentimes find themselves in predicaments where they do not think their wage and hour rights are being protected.

Work with experienced legal counsel to protect overtime wage rights

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must generally be paid an overtime rate for all hours over 40 in any given week. For most employees, this means a rate that is one and one-half times their regular hourly rate. The rules are slightly different for residential employees, sometimes called “live-in” workers, and federal law doesn’t require overtime pay for certain types of employees, who are classified as “exempt.”

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