Employment Law Articles

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: What is the Common Law Test?

employer vs. contractorAre you an employee or an independent contractor (IC)? The line is often blurry. In some situations, either or both parties are simply unaware of the legal distinctions between these worker categories. In other cases, the misclassification may be purposeful. As an employee, you enjoy numerous advantages over working as an IC, and your employer has more responsibilities and financial obligations. Sometimes, this motivates an […]

Laws Enforced by the EEOC

What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? We explain what it is and what it's for.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal administrative agency that handles employment discrimination and harassment charges. In general, federal laws prohibiting workplace discrimination are enforced by the EEOC. These federal laws are passed by Congress and subsequently signed by the President.

The following is a list of federal laws that […]

What is the EEOC?

What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? We explain what it is and what it's for.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal administrative agency that handles employment discrimination and harassment charges. The EEOC enforces several federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a protected trait  or characteristic. For example, the EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it […]

Understanding Overtime Pay Rights

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must receive overtime pay for any hours worked exceeding 40 in one workweek. The FLSA is a federal statute that establishes overtime and minimum wage laws affecting employees across the country. The FLSA distinguishes between exempt and non-exempt employees for purposes of overtime pay. A non-exempt employee is someone who is paid on […]

What is Equal Employment Opportunity?

What is Equal Employment Opportunity? We discuss the laws and how they help AmericansEqual Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of certain characteristics. This means individuals are entitled to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and sex. In addition, EEO laws protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, age, disabilities, […]