10 Workplace Rights You Think You Have — But Don’t

Recently a member of our Facebook group wrote to say her boss told her he’d be going out of town next week so don’t bother coming in. And, oh yeah, she wouldn’t be paid either. Legal in your state? Ask an attorney. But, here’s what the DOL says: “an employer may change an employee’s work hours without giving prior notice or obtaining the employee’s consent (unless otherwise subject to a prior agreement between the employer and employee or the employee’s representative).” Where are those union contracts when we need them? Few of us really know our rights – here’s an important article by an employment lawyer, Donna Ballman, that EVERY employee needs to read: Continue reading

Chipping Away At Unions: “the Employers’ Bill of Rights”

Earlier this week Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick introduced Bill 5236, AN ACT CREATING AN EMPLOYERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS. It consists of 3 very cryptic – yet easily decoded – sentences.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to require the Labor Department to develop and promulgate an Employers’ Bill of Rights.

Statement of Purpose:

To create an Employers’ Bill of Rights that would serve to protect employers from frivolous complaints and claims brought by employees.

What is an Employers’ Bill of Rights?

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.11.44 PMLast Fall Fox Business featured a story about a union rally that wanted a second bill of rights to protect workers. One of their reporters, Kennedy, was filmed undercover petitioning for an Employers Bill of Rights. “The right to hire and fire. The right to relocate my business from anywhere to anywhere The right to determine wage levels…” Continue reading