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Alphabet Soup

In order to properly make your Human Resources Soup, you must include a healthy amount of general knowledge about the following laws:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a massive Federal law that covers minimum wage, meal and rest periods, child labor, day laborers, variable wages, the employment relationship, exemptions from overtime, Federal Contractors and H-1B workers, just to name a couple of items. The Department of Labor (DOL) administers the FLSA.

  • The DOL’s goal is to foster and promote the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees, in the United States. The DOL is a Federal Agency made up of several smaller internal agencies that administer the following laws:

  • The American’s with Disability Act (ADA) provides rights for individuals with disabilities.

  • The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers.

  • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) mandates an insurance program which gives some employees the ability to continue health insurance coverage after leaving employment.

  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) establishes minimum standards for pension plans in private industry. It contains rules on the federal income tax effects of transactions associated with employee benefit plans.

  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons.

  • The Occupational Health & Safety Act (OSHA) ensures safe and healthy working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act (USERRA). This law protects military service members and veterans from employment discrimination on the basis of their service, and allows them to regain their civilian jobs following a period of uniformed service.

Alphabet Soup © 2023 by Lisa Sorce is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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