The workplace is a competitive yet hostile environment prone to discrimination, harassment, and bullying. To protect the employees, employers must create a workplace culture where you promote harmony, respect and acceptance.
An employment lawyer comes into play to assure that policies and guidelines are there to guarantee a fair and safe workplace for both employees and employers. This way, disputes and conflicts in the workplace seldom occur.
Here are common workplace issues protected by employment laws:
Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of people. Discrimination, especially the according to race, happens mostly in the workplace, as a New Zealand survey suggests. Some 77,000 respondents reported experiencing racial discrimination when either working or applying for a job.
Employment laws ensure that each employee gets equal rights despite their race, age, sex or religion.
Minimum wage and insurance
Before, salaries were dependent solely on the employer’s decision. Historically, the first federal minimum wage was set in 1938, to secure an employee of a wage enough to support a family, and to prevent slave labour.
Moreover, employers enrol their employees in insurance by deducting from their wages in case of an injury or disability.
Workplace safety includes working conditions, noise and temperature levels, machinery, electrical, chemical and biological hazards, work injuries and works hours. Employment lawyers make sure that workplaces comply with these standards.
Regulations on working time find coverage in employment laws. In New Zealand, working hours are traditionally 40 hours a week. Rules on working hours assure that employees get compensation based on the number of hours they spend on the job.
Employment laws protect the workers from unfair treatment or an irregular career progression. Make sure that you comply with them to avoid any legal inconvenience.