FAQ Regarding Your Basic Rights as an Employee

By Felicia Eisnnicher •  3 min read

Working full-time, part-time or indeed on a more casual basis, no matter the company you work for or the products or services you provide, means you are automatically afforded legal rights as an employee.

Unfortunately, even people who have been diligently and loyally working for the same company for many years fail to take the time to learn everything there is to know about their employee rights, and this is often to their detriment.

With that being said, here are four frequently asked questions regarding your basic rights as an employee, regardless of the size and scope of the company.

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1.   Should Each Employee in the Same Department be Paid the Same Wage?

As a general rule, it is not in any way illegal if you have a colleague working in the same department as you who is tasked with the same roles to complete within their working day as you, yet they are paid either more or less than you.

However, any discrimination that is even thought to be reflected in the pay, is illegal, such as prejudice based on gender, sexuality, color, or lifestyle. There are exceptions to the rule, especially in the United States, where the law demands for these exceptions to be clearly stated.

2.   What Does ‘Making Reasonable Adjustments’ Actually Mean?

When an employee handbook highlights that, on a case-by-case basis, employees are more than willing to make reasonable adjustments, they are often left wondering how this applies to them.

Reasonable adjustments constitute small changes to a particular employee’s working schedule, the way they work, the tasks assigned, and/or the equipment and technology supplied to complete the job, depending on their situation.

Examples of reasonable adjustments in the workplace include:

  • Personal assessments by external professionals paid by the employer
  • Individual training for people who are living with a neurological disorder
  • Quiet rooms for those members of staff who live with depression or anxiety
  • Varying shift times to avoid an older employee having to work through the city at night

In the context of adhering to their duty of care and provision of civil rights, your employer should leave no stone unturned when it comes to adhering to such legalities, and if you notice a problem, do not hesitate to speak to one of the prestigious civil rights attorneys.

3.   How Do I Choose Healthcare Insurance?

As you know, healthcare and medical treatment in the US can be exceedingly expensive. Hence, the health insurance plan you choose relating to your job and company is an exceedingly important decision.

Generally, it may be cheaper to hold a plan through a parent for people working in the hospitality or retail sector. However, it is worth noting this may prevent you from receiving insured care and treatment in another area of the country.

Often, healthcare providers will join forces with larger providers to administer more comprehensive coverage. Choosing a national health insurance provider can often be simpler in the long run.

Felicia Eisnnicher

I am the Lead Author and Editor at Gemstagram. I am responsible for creating and editing content about the power of gems and crystals. I also teach about Self-knowing, self-understanding and personal empowerment through numerology. My mission is to help people understand the power of gems and crystals, and how they can use that power to improve their lives. I believe that by understanding ourselves better, we can become more empowered individuals who are able to create our own destiny.

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