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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Eligibility and Utilization in Missouri

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Eligibility and Utilization in Missouri

The Basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. As an employee in Missouri, understanding your rights and responsibilities under FMLA can be crucial in navigating life’s unexpected challenges. …

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Navigating Employee Termination: Legal Considerations for Employers and Employees

When Is It Legal to Terminate an Employee in Missouri? The state of Missouri has at-will employment laws. This means without a written employment contract with specific terms of termination, the employment relationship can be terminated at any time by either the employer or the employee. This holds true provided the termination does not involve …

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Understanding Workplace Discrimination: Your Rights and Remedies

What Does Workplace Discrimination Entail? Discrimination in the workplace is prohibited under state and federal laws. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines “discrimination” as treating an individual less favorably or differently for some reason. The EEOC enforces federal laws that provide protection in the workplace against discrimination on the basis of religion, race, …

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Missouri’s Approach to Protecting Employee Rights During Layoffs and Reductions in Force

Protecting Employee Rights If an employer has to lay off employees or otherwise reduce their workforce, there are specific rules they must abide by. Employees are protected on the federal level and through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The reasons employers need to reduce their workforce or lay off employees vary greatly. …

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What Are the Key Differences Between Independent Contractors and Employees in Missouri?

6 Key Factors That Can Determine Whether Someone Is an Employee or an Independent Contractor Having the freedom to work for yourself, set your own hours, and choose what clients you work with are just some of the benefits of being an independent contractor. But it’s not always easy to determine whether the role you’re …

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How Do Missouri Laws Address Employee Misclassification, and Why Does It Matter?

How Are Employees Classified According to Missouri Law? Proper classification of the people a business works with is crucial to ensuring that employment and labor laws are followed. There are two basic classifications for workers within Missouri: employee and independent contractor. Employees can then be further separated into hourly workers and salaried workers. An hourly …

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The Evolving Landscape of Remote Work Laws: What Employers and Employees Need to Know

Is Remote Work on the Rise in the U.S.? Remote work was already on the rise before 2020, and the global pandemic significantly accelerated that trend. Pew Research Center reports that approximately three years after U.S. workplaces were shut down by the COVID-19 crisis, approximately 35% of workers with jobs that can be performed remotely …

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Strategic Legal Approaches to Handling Non-Compete Agreements: Balancing Business Interests and Employee Rights

How Do Noncompete Agreements Work? A non-compete agreement is either a separate contract or a clause in another contract that prohibits an employee from competing with an employer after the term of employment ends, whether the employee resigns or is terminated. The contract is signed at the beginning of the employer/employee relationship. In most cases, …

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How Does Missouri Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work Across Genders and Races?

Inequalities Are Never Acceptable Though it’s been decades since the Equal Pay Act in 1963, which states “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or the production of goods for commerce,” there still seems to be indications that men and women or different races are …

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