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Employment Glossary

At Will Employment

“Employment At Will” means that an employee can quit a position (i.e. end their employment with an employer) whenever they choose to.  From an employer’s perspective, this means that an employee can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all, so long as the reason for the firing does not violate state and/or federal statutes (i.e., anti-discrimination, etc.) 

The reasons why an employee leaves a position are often complicated and the subject of great dispute.  Lawyers in this area are trained to evaluate situations such as these, to determine if statutes could have been violated.

Discrimination
An individual worker cannot be treated differently than any other worker during hiring, in the workplace, or be terminated because of race, gender, pregnancy, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic formation, or veteran status.

Equal Pay Act
The “Equal Pay Act” mandates that, regardless of gender, employers must pay all employees who do the same work, the same pay.

Cafeteria Plan

This term refers to legal defense plans where employees select the benefits they wish to receive from among several options.  Employees then pay only for the services that they consume.

OSHA
“OSHA” stands for “Occupational Safety & Health Administration;” it’s the federal agency which creates and enforces workplace safety and health rules.  This agency also works in tandem with a state-based Nevada equivalent.

Whistleblower
A “whistleblower” is an employee who alerts authorities (i.e. “blows the whistle) to employer misconduct and illegal practices.  Both state and federal laws protect whistleblowers.

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