Many Washington, D.C., workplaces provide female employees with paid maternity leave benefits, recognizing the important role a mother plays in her child's early development. However, fathers also play a critical role in a child's early life, and in recognition of this, more workplaces are starting to offer male workers the opportunity to take paid paternity leave.
Commuting to work can be a headache for some, what with Washington, D.C.s congested streets and highways. Moreover, those who rely on their automobiles to get them to work may find that parking places are at a premium. The costs of parking, gas and wear-and-tear on one's automobile can range from merely annoying to prohibitively expensive. However, a new law will soon be taking effect that could help area employees out with such costs.
A worry that is common among workers in Washington is fear of retaliation. This type of behavior on the part of an employer can occur for a variety of reasons and those who are subjected to it must remember that they are accorded protection for retaliation under the law. The retaliation does not necessarily have to be overt with the obvious message being sent, but it can be more subtle with denial of benefits and even going so far as a wrongful termination with the underlying idea that it was not for work-related reasons, but due to a previous occurrence.
Employees who have complained about discrimination can be subjected to retaliation. It includes workers being mistreated because they raised issues of discrimination that were influencing others such as having witnessed sexual harassment. Workers who have someone closely related to them who filed a complaint might find themselves victimized by retaliation. Under the law prohibiting retaliation, it is not illegal for an employer to allow outside issues such as union activities or workers' compensation to provide an influence on how the worker is treated. There might, however, be other laws prohibiting this.
Hourly employees in Washington, D.C., whether they are maintenance workers, laborers, nurses or anyone in between, deserve to be appropriately compensated for their professional and dedicated work efforts. Unfortunately, unscrupulous employers sometimes try to thwart the system and avoid paying their hourly employees appropriately for overtime work.
Many individuals in Washington, D.C, work for the District government, and this can be a very satisfactory endeavor. District employees often put years of hard effort and professional expertise in the workplace, which not only benefits the individual, but the District as a whole. Washington, D.C., government employees deserve to work in an ethical environment. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and the employee may feel both obligated and compelled to blow the whistle on unethical or illegal business practices. What employee rights are invoked in such actions?
Workers in Washington, D.C., may be familiar with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) This Act lays out federal mandates regarding the minimum wage a worker must be paid and the compensation a worker should receive if he or she works overtime. However, Washington, D.C., residents may be interested in learning more about what types of activities at work are compensable.
Government workers are easy targets these days. A recent online article on the Federal News Radio 1500 AM website disclosed a U.S. Senate investigation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies regarding administrative leave. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is leading the investigation to determine whether federal employees at DHS are extending their paid leave with no medical justification.
Attorney Alan Lescht of Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C., a leading employment law firm in Washington, D.C., notes that it is not the civil servant who should be found at fault for running off with taxpayers money. He notes that many of his clients on paid administrative leave come to his law firm because they are not allowed to go back on the job, pending the outcome of an investigation by the department.
Retailers seeking to limit wages of employees increasingly engage in a practice known as on-call scheduling where they require employees to call in shortly before a shift to confirm they are needed.
It is likely that at some point in your federal government career you may be called upon to provide testimony in the course of an investigation. The subject may involve you or someone else. The investigator may be an agency employee or from the office of inspector general. Most investigations are of an administrative nature: that means that the worst that can happen is someone can lose their job. However, a recent case reminds us that criminal penalties can arise if you are not truthful.
If you have a clearance then there is a chance that at some point in your career an issue will arise whether the clearance should be renewed, suspended or revoked. There could be an issue with your credit, or a relationship with a foreign national related to your spouse, or an anonymous complaint made against you by a disgruntled co-worker.