We all thought 2020 was an eventful year but it turns out that was just the start; 2021 had its fair share of surprises and noteworthy news stories. As we head into 2022, it looks we’re in for another interesting year in terms of employment law. Below are some of the potential trends, stories, and …
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Wage DiscrepanciesFair wages for fair work are an important part of Reston employment law. As a result, all employees who work for an hourly rate should be paid no less than the standard minimum wage. Virginia Code §40.1-28.10 mandates local business owners to adhere to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. While this statute does not apply to some salaried workers, tipped employees, or those who work on commission, an employer who fails to provide a fair hourly wage may violate both federal and state law. Another common wage dispute involves overtime. There is no state law concerning the payment of overtime, but federal standards still apply. Regardless of your hourly rate, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires business owners to provide compensation at a rate of one and a half times your normal wage for all hours worked in excess of 40 during a given week. The professional guidance of a well-versed Reston employment attorney could be substantially beneficial when determining whether your boss’s actions violate any of your workplace rights.
Protections Against DiscriminationEmployment law also provides protection against workplace harassment and discrimination. Both VA Code §2.2-3901 and federal anti-discrimination laws make it illegal for an employer to take adverse action against a worker or employment candidate on the basis of a protected factor. For example, a business owner could be held liable for discriminating against an employee or potential employee over the following:
- National origin
- Pregnancy status
- Sexual Orientation
Reach out to a Reston Employment Attorney TodayFacing discrimination or wage theft at your job can affect your finances and your work ethic. After you report any illegal employment practices, qualified legal counsel could help you pursue a claim for compensation. An experienced Reston employment lawyer could investigate the details of your case, determine whether your employer violated your rights, and choose appropriate legal action to hold your boss accountable. An attorney at the Spiggle Law Firm could help you understand what to expect from the litigation process, so call today to schedule a meeting.
On May 26, 2021, the United States experienced yet another mass shooting. This time, it occurred at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, California. According to Gun Violence Archive, this was just one of the more than 230 mass shooting events in the United States in 2021. Unfortunately, workplace shootings are nothing …
On January 21, 2021 President Biden issued an Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers. And on February 5, Governor Northam called on Virginia schools to make in-person learning possible for students by March 15, 2021. While the final decision on whether to physically reopen schools …
Find a Job Find a Job Losing a job is stressful especially when you’ve been working for the same company for several years. Suddenly you’ve found yourself thrust into the role of a job seeker, and you aren’t sure where you should begin. If you have recently lost a job, or you’re facing the possibility …