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Labor Laws for Women that Every Employer Should Know

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Posted by Jayden Attard on October 21, 2014 at 4:36 am

Are you an employer having women employees in your organization? Then you must be aware of the labor laws that help in protecting women rights and equality in the workplace. The laws are created as a standard of fairness and equality. Some of the labor laws for women are listed below:

Women suffrage
Women suffrage is the right of the women to vote equally as men. Here, the women has power to vote the candidate who would protect the fair pay, labor rights and equality of women in the workplace.

Fair labor standards act (FLSA)
There are many issues covered under the FLSA, it also tried establishing equal wages and overtime pay for women. But amending this act, equal pay act came in to existence which aims at abolishing the wage inequality based on the sex. This laws or acts help women in getting fair wages as men.

Family and medical leave act (FMLA)
This act is for both men and women and is applicable for the companies who are having minimum of 50 plus employees. This act states that employer must grant an unpaid leave of maximum 12 weeks and also job protected leave to expecting employees for the adoption or birth of employees. This act not only gives job protection to women who decide to have a baby but also for the men who want to take leave or remain in home for taking care of his spouse, child or parents with serious illness.

Whistleblower protection
It generally includes many issues. But, when it comes to women, this protection is extend to the women who are victims of sex discrimination or reprisal by encouraging those with illegal knowledge and come forward by promising protection from unlawful judgment, percentage of money recovered, no risk of counterattack from a group accused or organization, protection from sexual discrimination.

Comprehensive omnibus budget reconciliation act (COBRA)
This act is beneficial for women, especially single mothers, who decide job transition or else suffer an involuntary loss of job, during the transition to new job, divorce, family death, hourly cut back which reduces from full to part time and other kinds of tragic life events.

Pregnancy discrimination act
This is an amendment to civil rights act of 1964 which exists to prohibit the sex discrimination based on the pregnancy, child birth, etc. This act states that women affected with pregnancy must be treated as other employees of the organization.

These are few labor laws related to women. So, every employer must know them and should implement the same in their organization for protecting women rights.

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