Federal Labor Law
Research U.S. Federal labor laws that outlaw employment discrimination and protect
your other employee rights, courtesy of government-agency,
legislative, judicial and other authoritative Web sites.
Technically, Federal labor laws deal with employer-union relationships and Federal
employment laws deal with employer-employee relationships.
But the terms are often used interchangeably. This section includes research
resources for both, even though it more often refers to Federal labor laws.
When researching whether or not your employer committed a wrongdoing under a
Federal labor law, it's important to know that employment is
will" in virtually all states.
It's also important to know that your employee rights are protected only under
specific, corresponding state or Federal labor laws, regulations or constitutional
provisions, or by sound morality or public
For example, if your boss is a jerk who generally treats you poorly on the job,
your bad boss is not necessarily violating a labor law, however unfair or unethical
his or her behavior might be. That's because there is no "bad-boss" Federal
labor law per se. Additionally, your bad boss has employee rights just as you
do, up to and including generally acting like a jerk on the job.
But if your bad
boss violates a specific Federal labor law while acting like a jerk, such
as refusing to pay you the overtime
pay to which you are legally entitled under the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA), then you'll likely have legal recourse through
a government agency, an
lawyer or both. Discovering
which Federal labor law your bad boss or employer might have violated when disrespecting
your employee rights and where to turn for relief, are what the links below are
Federal labor law topics to which the links below lead include sexual harassment,
wrongful termination, discrimination, overtime pay, minimum wage, background
checks, drug testing in the workplace, COBRA insurance, illegal interview questions,
separation, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and sick leave, vacation
and severance pay to name only a few.
See also State Labor Law and Whistleblower
Laws to research relevant laws, and Employee
Rights for self-help books on the subject. For a large variety
of employee rights and labor law topics all in one place, visit EmployeeIssues.com,
a partner site of TechnicalJobsearch.com. Links to EmployeeIssues.com are
also included below.
Referral and Labor Law Facts
Read free facts in the Legal Center Law Library on a variety of topics, including
employee rights under employment and labor laws. Employment and labor law topics
include, but are not limited to, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination,
drug testing, employment contracts, injury on the job, unions, pay and benefits.
Also includes tips for hiring and working with an attorney. If you would like
qualified, prescreened attorneys to evaluate your "case" and respond,
you may post it confidentially and for free, with no obligation. From LegalMatch,
a free attorney referral service.
BusinessLaw.gov, an official government Web site, offers resources for starting
a small business while complying with Federal and state employment and labor
laws, and other business-related laws.
Search for laws, court cases, judicial decisions and related info posted on a
variety of court and court-related Web sites, courtesy of the National Center
for State Courts.
of Labor Web Sites
Links to Federal and state department of labor Web sites for researching employment
and labor laws, and locating contact information to ask questions or file complaints
against employers. Provided by EmployeeIssues.com, an employee rights site and
partner of TechnicalJobsearch.com.
Drug Testing in the
All about drug testing under the Drug Free Workplace Act, from the Department
of Health & Human Services. See also the guidelines from the Department
of Transportation, which differ somewhat. Many private-sector employers follow
one of these models.
The U.S. Department of Justice answers frequently-asked questions about discrimination
laws and lawsuits.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administers, enforces and explains
equal employment opportunity and discrimination Federal labor laws. If you think
you've suffered employment discrimination, you may file a charge with the EEOC.
Links to specific, landmark, employment discrimination laws enforced by the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Also includes laws that aren't
employment discrimination laws per se, but have protection provisions against
prejudice in employment.
Labor Law Code
Cornell Law School lists Federal labor laws and the government agencies responsible
for administration and enforcement, under Title 29 of the U.S. Code. See also Title
29 - Labor for a breakdown of the Federal Labor Law Code by chapters. You
may download the chapters from
the Web site of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Labor Law Research
Research U.S. Federal labor laws and related matters, such as court cases and
legal opinions. Provided by EmployeeIssues.com, an employee rights site.
Federal Labor Law - U.S. Department
The DOL runs the premier government site for researching Federal labor law and
employee rights. Useful for both employees and employers, including small businesses.
The DOL site explains or links to the content of over 180 Federal labor laws
administered and enforced by its divisions,
such as the Wage and Hour Division and Occupational Safety &
Health Administration (OSHA). It also explains or provides links to several Federal
labor laws administered and enforced by other government agencies. Additionally,
it provides agency links for state labor law research and state-provided benefits,
such as unemployment and disability insurance. Its elaws
Advisor is one of its most useful features for researching Federal labor
law in plain English.
Federal employment and labor law text, explanations and interpretations by government
and other qualified Web sites, linked by title. Topics include, but are not limited
to, overtime, child labor, minimum wage, and family and medical leave. Also includes
laws that are not employment or labor laws per se, but have employment protection
provisions for employees. Provided by EmployeeIssues.com, an employee rights
Offices for Employee Rights
Links to the Web sites of key, Federal and state government offices in the United
States that deal with employment, labor and employee rights issues, and administer
the related laws and regulations. These are the places to research employee rights
and file complaints against employers for violations, courtesy of EmployeeIssues.com.
Includes state unemployment offices and workers' compensation offices.
Library of Congress
The library of the United States includes resources for researching bills, acts
and public laws introduced or enacted by Congress, current and past. Includes
the Thomas Legislative Database, which provides a search form and links to
legislative, judicial, executive, and state and local government resources.
National Labor Relations Board
Under the authority of National Labor Relations Act, the Board protects workers'
rights to unionize under Federal labor law, and investigates questionable labor
practices by employers and unions.
Small Business Laws and Regulations
The Small Business Administration offers advice and resources for starting up
a business in compliance with local, state and Federal labor laws, and other
The Social Security Administration administers and enforces laws and regulations
for Social Security retirement income, supplemental security income, and health
and disability benefits, including the ticket to work program.
The AFL-CIO explains workers' rights under Federal labor law. Topics include
unemployment benefits, discrimination, overtime pay, sexual harassment, family
and medical leave, and working conditions.
Federal Labor Law
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