As businesses got more elaborate, the need for additional manpower sprung up. With that of course, come a lot of concerns and unexpected complications. Not only that, but it also ran into issues of employers and other higher-ups abusing power for their own means. That’s where labour laws come in. Today we will explore the benefits of these laws. We won’t only cover the benefits this gives to employees but ones that aid the business too.
Basic labor laws
The most basic concerns of labour laws are meant to reinforce the rights of employees within a business. The main concerns addressed relate to all the potential issues one could have when working at a business that may abuse them in any manner through the position of power. If any of these laws are compromised by our employer we should seek legal actions. There are even whole law firms, like Levitt LLP, dedicated to providing employees with a way to exercise their rights.
The first area addressed by labour laws is one of adequate earnings. After all, we take up jobs in order to achieve income that can at the very least sustain us in modern society. This is why the minimum wage is one of the key aspects of labour laws.
Without a minimum wage, employers could easily abuse their position to either decrease current wages below an acceptable limit or offer bad wages to begin with, which some people may accept due to being in dire need of employment. This is the cornerstone of all worker rights because the entire engagement we have with business hinges on the reciprocation of our effort with the corresponding reward.
The benefits this brings to a business are ones of employees who are more eager to work. They know that their needs are covered and their effort paid back with a decent sum of money. The fewer worries they have about the expenses in their personal life the better the focus they will have while working.
Work Life Balance
Working hours are no less important than good pay. If you have a decent paycheck to cash in each month yet no time to spend it you are still in a pretty bad position. The labour laws make sure to ensure the working hours are kept at a normal level by limiting the weekly maximum working hours.
This applies to overtime work as well, although this may be one of the most neglected aspects of labour laws overall. Not to mention that just about any national holiday constitutes as a free day. If an employee is made to work on such a day they are not only eligible for additional compensation for hours worked during holidays but that free day is to be compensated on a different working day.
A good work-life balance keeps employees healthy and mentally rested for everyday challenges at work. This improves efficiency and keeps our work standard high. When the missed holidays are compensated what you get in turn is a worker in a better mood who may not object as much to working the next holiday knowing it will be compensated. Of course, this also assumes the employee is ready to engage in scheduling some more to accommodate for those free days so it does require effort to maximize the benefits.
Labour laws also cover some areas that may be considered common sense yet nevertheless have seen a lot of breaches in the past and even today. The first one being that children under the age of 14 aren’t allowed to work most jobs, or any jobs at all. If an employer has somebody underage as part of their business, they aren’t allowed to make them work more than a few hours a day. The power balance in a workplace is always tipped out of the employee’s favour but when you add the factor of inexperienced youth to the formula it becomes extremely easy to exploit.
If younger employees are allowed to work at your workplace, they could provide a good source of budding talent to take into account. By treating them well and complying with all of the laws you increase the possibility of them returning to your workplace as an adult. The more diverse the stations of your business are the higher the chances you will see these people return.
Protection of employees
Protection is another concern on which labour laws are firmly focused. This covers protection and safety on the job no matter what the concerns of that protection are. The most frequent example of this law is that the employees shouldn’t be made to work in conditions that can be considered unsafe for any reason.
This compromised safety may stem from hazards, dangerous materials, or lack of protective gear present in the operation the worker is to take part in. The employer is also required to disclose any details about the job which includes the aforementioned dangers if they are present. This way, employers can’t neglect health and potential harm that can come to their employees when engaging in these jobs.
A safe worker is paramount to building a workplace that has trust and reliability as its key factors. By preparing employees for some of the more dangerous tasks with the proper protective gear employers can avoid a lot of future issues. The most obvious one being fines for failing to comply with the laws but the safety of employees also makes it so they won’t be absent for a long time due to recovery from potential consequences of this breach.
Laws against discrimination are paramount for equal treatment of all employees. Among these laws, it may be the one that gets broken the most out of all although the problem of this breach seems to be slowly mending. This is very important for just about any marginalized group whose other worker rights can get easily abused through breach of this one law. While it does keep happening, the breaches are becoming easier to expose and as such we can see employees being able to hold their employers accountable much easier.
By providing a space where employees do not feel threatened or abused for their identity, employers can draw in talents of all cultural backgrounds into their business. A business that has a healthy workplace where every individual is treated equally also works better due to inherent improvement in communication between its employees.
The overall benefits to business and employees are very clear. A workplace that complies with all the laws will create a much better work atmosphere while also maintaining good rhythm of the whole operation. The employees also get a fair shake for their engagement with the business, which is very important especially in larger companies. There are frequent cases where ways of exercising employee rights are stifled either by uncaring HR or direct threats from the higher-ups. To mitigate this, employers should take a step back during each breach that happens either by their managers or themselves and discern the fault in their ways with compensation being given to the employee.