At Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht, our experienced attorneys provide legal services to both employees and employers. With lengthy experience in creating contracts and handbooks, resolving disputes and other matters, we have witnessed first-hand how problems between employers and employees arise, and how those issues can be avoided.
In addition to setting clear expectations for their employees via contracts and handbooks, employers should know and make sure their employees know basic employee rights. Below we look at several of those rights, but there are many more:
- Freedom from discrimination
- Right to privacy
- Fair compensation
- Freedom from harassment
- Freedom from retaliation for filing a complaint
- Right to a safe workplace free from hazards and toxic substances
Several federal laws protect employee rights, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Employee Rights Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) mandates paid sick leave for reasons related to COVID-19, for the employees of certain employers. The requirements extend through December 31, 2020. In general, certain employees may be eligible for:
- Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at the regular rate of pay if you can’t work because you are quarantined or seeking a diagnosis because of COVID-19 symptoms
- Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at two-thirds your regular rate of pay if you can’t work because you need to care for someone in quarantine or to care for a child whose school is closed because of COVID-19
- Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds pay because you are unable to work because you need to care for a child whose school is closed because of COVID-19
There are many qualifications, exemptions, exceptions and rules within this law. We recommend visiting the Department of Labor’s website for more information. You can also call our attorneys with any questions you have about employment law and employee/employer rights. We are here to offer guidance and advice to fellow Nebraskans and other people in the region.
To reach our experienced attorneys in Omaha and Norfolk, please call our law firm at 402-371-4300.