Rights in the workplace is a concept that’s essential not only to employees, but to companies as a whole. Since we, as workers, spend a significant portion of our time and our lives at our place of work, it’s comforting knowing that our respective companies will always address our needs–our rights. The implementation of Employment Law creates a workplace environment that’s happy and productive, resulting in a successful and thriving company. Employment laws were enacted to protect employees from the possibility of mistreatment from employers. Without the presence of employment laws, workers would be left vulnerable to various inequalities–i.e., discrimination, unequal pay, unsafe work environment, etc. On local, state, and federal levels, the significance of Employment Law is immense.
Throughout the US, countless companies and their employees operate under the master-servant relationship. The master-servant relationship is a legal guideline that declares the employer’s responsibility for the actions of their employees. In this situation, the master is the employer, while the employee is the servant. While the concept that an employee is expected to perform their work duties under the supervision of their employer is quite ordinary, it’s the abuse of power that can stem from this relationship that’s concerning. To protect employees from this possibility, employment laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are put in place to protect employees from such mistreatment. Under these employment laws, workers will always have the right to equal opportunity and pay, all in a safe work environment.
While employment laws are enacted to protect employees from levels of discrimination, it’s also there to protect the employers. These imperative laws provide a sense of balance between the master-servant relationship, creating equality. The other side of employment laws expands an employer’s rights to productivity and profits which contributes to the ability to remain competitive within their specified marketplace. These laws are designed to eliminate stressful conflicts that could reduce company productivity and increase disruption throughout the workplace. Most importantly, the concept of Employment Law is one that dictates how employees and employers should interact with each other.
Recognizing Its Significance
For workers and employers, recognizing the significance of Employment Law is paramount. These laws truly reflect the values we hold as a society–the value of anti-discrimination, the value of equality, and more. Not only do employment laws hold a high level of significance throughout companies, but it’s also essential to the health of our economy. These laws maintain employer rights to company profit while ensuring the right to an employee’s compensation–compensation that’s appropriate for saving, investing, and covering living costs. With maintained employment laws, businesses will continue towards an upward trend while employees can participate in our society as consumers. Together, economic growth can be achieved.
Full understanding and maximum compliance with the employment laws is entirely essential to the well-being of employees, the well-being of employers, and the success of the company as a whole.
Brandon L. Fernandez is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is an associate in the Lydecker Diaz‘s Miami office. Mr. Fernandez’s practice includes all aspects of federal and state civil trial litigation with a primary focus in civil rights litigation, complex commercial litigation, government liability, law enforcement liability, labor & employment law, premises liability, and professional liability.