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Frequently asked questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers to take time off for medical issues without risking their jobs or health insurance benefits. Understanding the details of this act is crucial to ensure employees know their rights and can recognize when they’ve been violated. The United States Department of Labor answers the following questions, which can help you access the necessary leave if you or a loved one falls ill.

Understanding workplace sexual harassment

Unfortunately, workplace sexual harassment remains a continuing problem in Missouri, just as it does in all other states. While it comes in a wide range of forms and behaviors, workplace sexual harassment always involves unwanted work-related sexual conduct and/or advances perpetrated by one person against another.

Are white people protected under racial discrimination laws?

Racial discrimination and related issues are something no employer wants to occur in their Missouri workplace yet issues arise all the time. Whether it is blatant or subtler, discrimination based on race is hurtful and uncalled for. While employers may focus on protecting those employees that are part of a minority race, white employees may be left without protecting. If you are white, you may think you do not have any protection under discrimination laws.

Can sexual harassment occur via social media?

In this increasingly digitized world employers must take extra steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. This includes tamping down on harassment that takes place over social media, which is becoming more and more common among workers. HR.BLR.com offers the following advice in this case, which can help both employers as well as employees cut back on instances of harassment in the workplace.

When do I get overtime pay?

As a Missouri worker, your overtime pay is important to you, and you likely want to earn as much of it as possible. But you may be unclear as to when overtime kicks in and how much it amounts to. As FindLaw explains, under Title 18 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, your employer must pay you overtime any time you work more than 40 hours in a given week, not necessarily any time you work more than eight hours in a given day.

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