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5 tips for co-parenting during the holidays

The most wonderful time of the year is on the way, but you may not be feeling the holiday joy. As a newly-divorced parent, this season can be stressful as you try to figure out parenting time and schedules. Due to the confusion and difficulties, the holidays can become a source of contention. 

But it does not have to be that way. Check out the following tips to learn how you can keep the holidays free of drama and co-parent effectively. 

3 common ways employers discriminate against employees

Most people are aware of the fact that discrimination in the workplace exists. What is not as easy to determine is whether your own employer has used discriminatory practices against you. It is important to understand some of the more common ways that employers may discriminate against potential hires or their own employees so you can protect yourself and stand up for your rights.

If you are unsure whether you have been the target of workplace discrimination, you should gather more information about the employee discrimination laws in your state. For example, in Las Vegas, there are many types of service sector employees who may have experienced discrimination under Nevada's laws prohibiting job discrimination. A qualified attorney can assist you in understanding your rights. Here are a few ways employers may discriminate in the workplace.

Has your construction firm misclassified employees?

The misclassification of independent contractors that companies should list as employees has drawn the rapt attention of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and various state workforce agencies.

This has become a serious issue, and hundreds of businesses have faced prosecution. Regulatory agencies have put together a list of industries that are the most culpable in terms of misclassifications.

Employees have responsibilities to employer regarding FMLA leave

The Family Medical Leave Act is a powerful law that has provided untold numbers of California employees and their families very needed time to take care of their health and well-being when illness or injury occurs. It functions to protect the employee from termination from employment due to not appearing for work, while on a qualified leave. It is different from California’s sick leave law.

Employees have obligations when seeking FMLA

Odd ways employers can legally discriminate against workers

The federal government has enacted laws to protect employees against discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from being discriminated against based on national origin, sex, religion or race. 

While most workers assume an employer cannot discriminate against them for anything, the truth is far from it. When trying to build a case, an attorney will have to consider whether the type of discrimination a person experienced is, in fact, illegal. 

40 years young: Protection from age discrimination

People over 40 years of age in Nevada who have been in the workforce are usually aware of the issue of age discrimination. Although often illegal, that does not mean it does not occur. Rather, because it is illegal, there are remedies for workers whose employers discriminate against them.

In simplest terms, when the employer (or an employee of the employer) treats an employee or job applicant less favorably than others because of age, this is age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits certain acts of age discrimination.

Employees have legal right to keep their tips

The laws surrounding wages and tips in the California restaurant industry can be confusing, and both employee and employee often misunderstand. There are times when tips are the property of the employer. There are other times when the tips are the property of the server or pool of servers and similarly tipped personnel.

The issue of the rights of employers and employees in the realm of proper compensation can lead to wage claims by the employees if not well understood. As noted by the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, with limited exception, the tipped employee is the exclusive owner of the tip. As such, an employer cannot take any part of the tip to cover any business expenses.

Is a restraining order during a divorce necessary?

For many years, Nevada had the highest divorce rate in the United States. Many couples would travel to the state to get their marriages dissolved in a quick, efficient manner. 

There is always a lot of paperwork involved with divorce proceedings, but some spouses wonder if they should have a restraining order put against an ex. It may seem extreme, but under some circumstances, it is prudent. Depending on a person's specific situation, it can be worth it to at least look into acquiring a temporary restraining order. 

Tips for employers when they receive discrimination complaints

Most employers do not want to imagine discrimination taking place at their business. However, it unfortunately happens all the time. In fact, a report from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission showed the organization received more charges in 2016 than in 2015. 

In many cases, the employer ends up making a situation worse. Employers need to play an active role in the investigation. Employers who get ahead of the situation have the opportunity to prevent a long, arduous court battle. Here are several ways employers can handle discrimination complaints.

How to know if your employer has violated the FLSA

Employment in the United States is fairly well regulated by both federal and state governments. While California and Nevada both set their own laws regarding minimum wage, it is federal law that sets the minimum allowed. In addition, federal laws allow for exceptions to the minimum wage rules and dictates overtime pay, along with managing the employment of minors.

Workers should become familiar with the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the law that sets wage rules. If an employer violates the FLSA, an employee has the right to report it. The FLSA is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. If a worker files a complaint against an employer for violating the FLSA, the WHD investigates it.

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