Worker.Gov – The New Federal Government Website to Help Explain Workers’ Rights
This week the Federal Government unveiled worker.gov – an interactive website for working men and women to get information related to their rights in the workplace and to file a complaint or charge if their rights have been violated.
The website is currently in its beta stage, but it appears to be geared to sorting through the myriad of statutes and regulations to focus on areas that may be pertinent to a workers’ specific occupation. The website is set up for one stop shopping by consolidating information from agencies such as the Justice Department, the Labor Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. The materials on the site provide a summary of workers’ rights in the workplace along with links to the various agencies where workers can file a complaint or charge if they believe those rights have been violated. Some areas currently covered include:
- Concerted Union and organizing activity
- Safety in the workplace
- Wage payment and overtime
The current version of the site, focuses on a few particular types of workers: office employees, day laborers, and workers in restaurants and nail salons, but it is anticipated that site will be expanded to include jobs of all kinds.
This site is a good starting point if you believe your rights have been violated. If you after reviewing the site you believe you may have a cause of action you may want to consider a consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania labor and employment attorney.