5 facts about employee rights

5 facts about employee rights

Many team members blindly stumble through issues of breaks, overtime pay, and family leave. Find out whether your practice gives you enough—or whether you expect too much.
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Jun 01, 2010


The world of work is a complicated one, and so are the employment laws that govern it. The gray area between right and wrong when it comes to employee rights means that many team members—and bosses—are confused. Can employees talk about their earnings without getting fired? Are employers required to provide breaks? Many people think they know the answers to these common questions, but, in fact, they're perpetuating myths. Here are five of those mistaken beliefs—and the truth about them—so you'll be able to take off your work-rights blindfold.


Myth 1: Discussing pay with colleagues is forbidden

This is true only if you're divulging to Betty what Sally makes—and you aren't Sally. As long as you're not revealing another employee's salary, the National Labor Relations Act allows you to freely discuss your wages and working conditions with co-workers. In addition, employers can't require you to sign a confidentiality agreement or discipline you for telling your co-workers how much you make. Several states including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, and Michigan have instituted their own employment laws to further protect workers' rights to discuss pay, and more states are in the process of doing so.


Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.