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Important Rights You Have When You’re Working for Someone Else

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When you work for someone else, it can feel like you have no employee rights. However, you’ll be happy to know that’s not the case. There are plenty of rights you have as an employee. It’s important for you to become familiar with these rights to protect yourself and enjoy a healthy, happy tenure with your employer. The Cheat Sheet reached out to experts to learn more about the rules an employer must follow. Here are seven important rights you have when working for someone else.

1. Fair and timely compensation

Did the paycheck fairy skip your cubicle? Are you still waiting for your paycheck days or weeks after you were supposed to be paid? Monrae English, an employment attorney and partner at Wild Carter & Tipton Law, told The Cheat Sheet an employer is supposed to pay you fairly and on time. Laws governing pay periods are different depending on your state of residence, but all states (except for Alabama and South Carolina) require employers to make weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly payments. Also, most states are required to make their employees aware of payday requirements.

Next: Freedom from discrimination and harassment

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