October 2017 Archives

Workers are protected against unlawful retaliation

It is illegal to engage in workplace retaliation in any form. Both state and federal laws protect employees from retaliation. Employees cannot be fired for initiating a whistleblower claim, sexual harassment claim, workplace discrimination claim or pointing out other illegal activity occurring in their workplace. There are a variety of retaliatory activities employers may engage in which are all prohibited.

The importance of family medical leave protections

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides protections for job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks for an employee's serious medical condition or a serious medical condition of an employee's covered family member. Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave (RIFML) is a similar state law in Rhode Island except that it provides up to 13 weeks of job-protected leave for an employee or covered family member's serious medical condition.

What's age got to do with it?

During their teenage years and in their early 20s, people often tell this age group that they lack experience to be good enough at something. Time goes by, you gain experience and then someone may tell you -- or at least make you feel -- that your age is now a hindrance to your success. There seems to be just one age group that is desirable to have in the workplace. However, Rhode Island and elsewhere prohibit companies from practicing age discrimination, right?

What is an agreement not to compete?

If you have been asked to sign a noncompete agreement or an employment contract with a noncompete clause in it, you may wonder what it refers to. In general, a non-compete agreement is entered into before the employee begins work and takes effect once the employee ends their working relationship for that employer. An agreement not to compete is typically included in an employment contract the employee may be asked to sign.

Sexual harassment basics

In general, it is unlawful to harass an individual, either an applicant for a job or an employee, on the basis of that person's sex. By definition, sexual harassment can include sexual harassment, or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical harassment that is sexual in nature. In addition, harassment is not limited to harassment that is sexual in nature.

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