Jon Hyman of Ohio Employer’s Law Blog says that employers tend to associate retaliation with the big employment statutes (Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, and the FLSA). But he notes there are dozens of other federal statutes that protect employees from retaliation. In particular, “Employers that operate in a federally regulated industry need to be aware of the alphabet-soup of statutes that could give rise to a potential retaliation or whistleblowing claim.”
He offers a handy alphabetized list with brief descriptions of what they cover: Retaliation alphabet-soup
Additional resources on federal and state labor laws:
Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.
Following is a brief description of many of DOL’s principal statutes most commonly applicable to businesses, job seekers, workers, retirees, contractors and grantees. This brief summary is intended to acquaint you with the major labor laws and not to offer a detailed exposition. For authoritative information and references to fuller descriptions on these laws, you should consult the statutes and regulations themselves.
Employment Law Guide
Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services – covers 24 major laws enforced by DOL in plain, easy-to-understand language.
Help Navigating DOL Laws and Regulations
Sorted by topic, by audience and by law: “The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to providing America’s workers, employers, job seekers, and retirees — with clear and easy-to-access information on how to comply with federal employment laws. This information is often referred to as “compliance assistance,” which is an important part of the Department’s efforts to protect the wages, health benefits, retirement security, employment rights, safety, and health of America’s workforce.”
State Labor Laws
State Labor Laws
State labor offices, state minimum wage laws, state child labor laws, other Labor Laws, state labor associations, annual state labor legislative report
SHRM: State and Local Statutes and Regulations
Access the text of various state employment laws in SHRM’s State Employment Law Charts. Use the drop down menus to select your state(s) and employment law(s)
Wage and Hour Division (WHD) – Workplace Posters
This Advisor is designed to help employers comply with the poster requirements of several laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These laws require employers to display official DOL posters where employees can readily observe them. DOL provides the posters at no cost to employers.
The Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal DOL poster requirements. You may want to contact your State Department of Labor to obtain information about your state’s requirements.
There are many, many commercial sources for state-specific posting requirements and posters – free copies are generally available from state Labor Departments. But for multistate employers, there are also various one-stop shops and compliance subscription programs available through a Google search. See Labor Law Poster Frequently Asked Questions.
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