The Hidden Employee Rights
They Don’t Want You to Know
Whether you are working in a restaurant, hotel or some sort of food industry setting. You have some very specific employee rights. The problem is, many employers try to make you believe otherwise. Below are several rights that you may think your employer can comment on or even block. But which are actually your rights under the law. Let’s consider the most important points so you will be able to enjoy all of your official rights. Even if it makes HR or your employer a bit annoyed.
You Can Discuss Working Conditions Freely
- You can discuss working conditions freely, openly and legally with your co-workers. Though it may seem like you are “poking the bear” by discussing your worries with co-workers. It is not rabble-rousing or something your employer can quash. They have no right to ask you to refrain from any such conversations if you are a non-supervisory employee. Also, most of the points we are going to discuss, including this one. Focus on jobs in the private sector, and rules around public sector work vary widely.
You Can Complain And Even Protest Working Conditions
- You can complain and even protest working conditions. Strikes are never a legal reason to fire someone, but only if they are strikes with more than a single worker and on the behalf of all co-workers experiencing the unfavourable conditions.
You Can Discuss Your Benefits, Salaries Or Other Compensation With Co-Workers
- You can discuss your benefits, salaries or other compensation with co-workers. Lots and lots, and lots of bosses and employers try to create “policies” that discourage employees from speaking with one another about what they make, what benefits they might have and what sort of extras like paid sick days. This, in most instances, is illegal. Unless you have a signed contract that says you will never do this, they cannot ask you to refrain from such exchanges in any way, shape or form.
You Have Every Right To Request Copies Of All Documents You Sign
- You have every right to request copies of all documents you sign. No matter when or what, you can always ask for copies of documents that relate to your work. Whether you are asked to sign an NDA or confidentiality document, or any sort of contract, they must supply you with a copy. Be aware that signing such documents typically blocks a lot of the rights we’ll discuss here, so be very sure about them before signing them.
Never Get To Work Without A Copy Of The Employee Rights Handbook
- Never get to work without a copy of the employee handbook. These can help you learn the very specific “rights” your employer feels they are granting or denying. It also helps you to learn all of the legal course you must take in the event of some sort of issue or problem. In fact, it is not unusual to discover that some of the policies outlined in such books are entirely illegal. For example, Forbes magazine explained that some unlawful items in handbooks that the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB include ” at-will employment (your employment is still likely at-will, but the policy might be illegal), prohibitions against discussing wages, prohibitions against saying negative or disparaging things about the company, confidentiality (to the extent it keeps you from discussing working conditions), and their social media policy.”
They May Want You To Believe You Are An Independent Contractor
- They may want you to believe you are an independent contractor – To avoid paying their fair share of employment taxes, some employers try to sustain the fiction of independent contractors rather than employees. However, if the company controls the time, location and manner of work performs any sort of evaluations, and has an exclusivity issue (i.e. you can only work for them), they are probably breaking the law and hiding your actual status as an employee. Know your employee rights well.