Written by: Florence Muraguri.
Dozens of employees worldwide are not aware that there is a set of laws meant to protect employees’ interests and ensure their wellbeing. Consequently, most of these employees end up enduring abusive employers, low-paying jobs, and being overworked. The constitution of the United States of America has particular sections that protect employees from such scenarios.
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The wages and hours act is one of the laws in the constitution meant to protect employees’ welfare. According to the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), all employees in both the private and public sectors can receive wages for all the hours they work as per their employers’ agreement. In addition to this, the FLSA also states that employees should receive payment for any extra time they spend at work; that is, they should be paid extra money for overtime.
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The Occupational Safety and Health act, or the OSH Act, is a law that enhances all employees’ safety and health. OSHA, which is the body that ensures that organizations comply with the OSH Act, also inspects and regulates organizations to ensure that all employees have a safe and healthy working environment. In an event where a firm does not meet the requirements, OSHA has the power to shut down the enterprise.
The government also has a workers’ compensation law. This law ensures that all employees receive compensation and medical covers from their employers. This act is mostly useful in public entities, as different private entities have modified versions of this act. Some of the compensation that employees offer includes retirement pension schemes, housing allowances, and medical insurances.