To start, run, or manage a successful business means wearing a lot of different hats. You have to have a firm grasp of economics. You have to be passionate about your product or service. And if you employ people, you have to have in-depth knowledge about what worker rights are.

When you first started your business, you may not have thought too much about it, but the first time you run into conflict with an employee because of their expectations versus your reality, you’ll understand why this is so critical.

As far as worker rights go, what are some of the pieces of knowledge you can expect to need to know about? First of all, there is the matter of employment rights. Second, there is the right to a safe environment.

And third, there is the right that a worker has two avoid being discriminated against or harassed. Recognizing these rights in advance of conflict is going to be essential to making sure that your business stays profitable.

Employment Rights

As a business person, you most likely employ people. But what happens when there is a disagreement between you and an employee? In most cases, there are easy ways to resolve discrepancies between expectations. But in other instances, an employee may call an employment lawyer to find out if you are doing something illegal or something that they can sue you for.

You want to make sure that you are protected against bad employee behavior in the legal realm, which is why you should have access to intelligent and reputable lawyers yourself.

Right To a Safe Environment

Your workers also have the right to a safe environment. Typically, this means that you have to pay attention to OSHA regulations. Ideally, as an employer, you do all of these things voluntarily to keep your employees in a safe workspace. But if you feel like cutting corners, OSHA will be there to tell you that you can’t do that. If your employees discover that you are violating these regulations at their expense, there is the potential for some bad situations to arise from that as well.

Discrimination and Harassment Awareness

Also, as an employer, you need to make sure that you are doing everything possible to prevent discrimination and harassment in your workplace. If you are not present and available at all times, you can have some employees that are bad actors who bully or otherwise verbally or physically abuse other employees.
You have to make sure you train everyone properly not only in the appropriate behavior, but also how to report illegal behavior if someone does something that is outside of social norms.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].

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