Overview: Labor and Employment Laws
Employment law is pretty complicated. While employers have staff to help them understand the details, few Arizona employees have these kind of resources to turn to at work.
I created this website to help workers in Arizona understand some of the major laws and rules and get help if they need it.
First, there are several federal and state laws that govern many important parts of the employer-employee relationship, including:
- Wages and Overtime
- Severance Agreements
- Employment Contracts and Noncompete Clauses
- Unemployment Compensation
- Security Clearance
The relationship between employees and the companies can be hazy. In Arizona, most people are employed at-will, which lets either party end the work arrangement at any time, without notice or even a stated reason. But this doesn’t mean that employees can be fired for any reason, or that employees can quit and take customers or confidential information with them to a new job.
Other Arizona employees work under a contract that spells out specific responsibilities for the employer and the employee to follow. Still other workers are considered independent 1099 contractors.
Federal Employment Laws
There are lots of state and federal laws that govern employment relationships. Some protect employees from illegal workplace discrimination and others grant certain rights to employers. Here are some of the major federal employment and labor laws:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
An Employment Lawyer Can Help Arizona Employees Understand Their Rights
Federal and state laws are written to protect employees’ rights, including those applying for employment or those who used to be employed but suspect they may have been improperly fired.
I’ve practiced employment law in Arizona for several years. I offer employees the guidance they need to fully understand their rights and responsibilities and can advise them on virtually any kind of employment issue. For example, many employees may wonder if they should be considered full-time employees instead of independent contractors, or if they are eligible for family and medical leave.
If you are an Arizona employee with questions about your rights in the workplace, I invite you to contact my office to make an appointment for a personal consultation.