About Employment Law
Today there are over 105 million workers employed in the United States by
some 7 million employers. Despite these huge numbers, workplace safety has improved
over the last 30 years. Through the efforts of industry and government agencies
such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), American
workers are better protected than ever before.
Some employers still use shoddy equipment, practice poor safety procedures and fail to provide their employees proper training. In addition, other non-physical workplace injuries such as sexual harassment and racial discrimination are receiving increased attention. You work hard for your employer. In turn, your employer should work hard to see that you are treated with the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Employment law is a broad area encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship except the negotiation process covered by labor law and collective bargaining. See, Labor Law & Collective Bargaining and Arbitration. Employment law consists of thousands of Federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions. Many employment laws (e.g., minimum wage regulations) were enacted as protective labor legislation. Other employment laws take the form of public insurance, such as unemployment compensation.
Specific areas within the broad category of employment law covered under their own topical entries include:
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