Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce. One of the questions to ask now is how much they know about their employee rights, not because of the way they are usually recognized, as a spoiled and uninterested generation, but simply because at the very beginning of their careers, they’re not actually expected to be experts on the matter.
The older generations are not much better themselves when it comes to recognizing and appreciating employee rights and most people are not interested or motivated to get familiar with them or improve them. It seems almost as if fighting for these rights and nurturing them was the thing of the 20th century.
However, the truth is that being informed on this topic is crucial both for employees and employers – for the former so that they won’t allow being exploited and abused at work and for the latter so that they would know exactly what they’re required to provide for their workers by the law. Here are a few important points that young generations should learn and the older generations should remind themselves of.
The institution of the minimum wage is one of the most important and widespread methods of workers’ protection around the world. Usually, having a legal minimum wage that keeps every working person above the line of poverty is a good sign of how socially conscious is a certain society. However, it’s not always like this.
Some of the most developed countries in the world don’t have a minimum wage determined, but instead rely on the power of unions when it comes to making sure that even those with the lowest income still have decent and satisfactory working conditions. You should always check what the minimum wage regulations in your country are and have in mind that no internal or informal agreement between an employer and an employee should be able to disregard these.
Although being entitled to a certain income after your working years are over might not seem too important for a 20-year-old, it’s crucial to be familiar with the pension system and retirement funds in your country in order to protect yourself. This is more common outside the United States, but is relevant for millennials who may be globally managed or manage global employees.
If the employer is obliged to pay in some money every month for your retirement fund, employees should monitor the process and make sure this is happening. On the other hand, employers should be careful as well, in order to avoid being sued or having to pay fines for not following the official pension laws and regulations.
Discrimination at work is a very broad issue, since it includes a whole array of illegal actions between employees as well as between employees and employers. Again, particular regulations depend on the traditions and general level of freedom in a certain country, and these can be radically different in different regions of the world.
In most of what we consider developed societies, discrimination based on race, religion, sex, age or nationality is not just illegal but also publicly despised. Employers should know their limits and employees should know their rights and not be afraid to protect them by all means at their disposal.
The Limitations Of Contracts
A contract between an employer and an employee determines their duties, their rights, their relationship and everything that’s not previously determined by the law. This is very important to remember since this means that the contract can include all sorts of rules and regulations, but only within the borders prescribed by the law.
A contract that is not compatible with the laws of a certain country won’t have any legal validity, but one should be careful anyway. If one of the sides is not aware of this incompatibility, they will go along with the contract terms anyway. In order to protect themselves, both employers and employees should be experts on labor law, which is obviously too much to ask from both sides. That’s why getting legal help when preparing and signing contracts is often a good idea, and the experienced team from Bordas & Bordas can give you a hand with this.
Among the most common violations of this sort are unpaid overtime, unpaid probationary periods or adding clauses regarding confidentiality that surpass the limits proposed by the law. For example, complaining about your job publicly on social media or discussing your wages with your colleagues usually cannot be forbidden by any contract as it violates some of the basic worker rights.
To sum up, the key to protecting yourself at your workplace is getting informed about what your rights and obligations are according to the laws of your country. This is especially important for younger generations, since they are usually more vulnerable in this sense and are much more often exploited by their employers.
They should also know that standing up for yourself is the first step in protecting your rights, even when this means potentially losing your job. Turning to experts for advice or protection is usually the best option whenever any of the sides – the employer or the employee - are unsure if they have been treated unjustly or have doubts that some laws and regulations are being violated.
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