Understanding labor and employment law can be a challenge. For this reason, there are a number of legal representatives who can help clients navigate the difficult, and often confusing, application of labor and employment laws. From understanding employee rights after a workplace accident to making sure that workers are provided a safe environment when they show up for their shifts, not all workers can rely on their employers to follow all of the rules. In some industries where workers are easy to find and are paid low salaries, for instance, it is sometimes a challenge to make sure that you are treated fairly and are able to keep a job.
Unfortunately, even though there are many laws and standards in place, not all employers follow through on their responsibilities to make sure that workers are both safe and protected when they are at work. By consulting with an attorney you may be able to find a solution to problems that some workers in the country face when they are on the clock:
- wrongful termination
- unsafe working conditions
- improper compensation for working overtime
- grievance and interest arbitration
- workplace discrimination or sexual harassment
Although this is not a complete list of all of the workers rights that a labor and employment lawyer might deal with, these are some of the concerns that workers often have. Whether you are a new worker who is uncertain of the rights that you have while you are on the job or you are a long time employee who is put is an unsafe situation when you are at work, finding a workers compensation attorney or another type of employment lawyer may help you find a solution to a difficult and confusing situation.
Consider some of these facts and figures about other situations that might benefit from the advice of a legal representative:
- There were 3.4 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time workers in the year 2015, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- 4,836 workers died from occupational injuries in the year 2015, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- One day fewer than 2014, the median number of days away from work due to occupational injuries was eight days in 2015.
- Transportation incidents; falls, slips, and trips; and contact with equipment and objects were the three deadliest occupational injuries were in the year 2015.
- Roadway accidents accounted for about 25% of fatal work injuries in the year 2015.
Finding the legal advice that you need if you are facing a difficult situation at work can be the difference between suffering day after day and possibly finding a solution. In fact, labor and employment law can actually be quiet confusing without getting legal advice from a well informed attorney.