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What is a qui tam complaint?

A qui tam action lawsuit is brought forward by an individual who believes an organization is defrauding the government in a particular way. In most cases, the person taking action is an employee of the organization. A qui tam claim allows the government to recover the amount lost because of fraud. The employee who comes forward with the information might receive a small percentage of the recovery as a reward.

You're fired! The guide to political talk in the workplace

With less than two weeks to go until the 2016 Presidential election, political news coverage and opinions are at an all time high. Perhaps they have even trickled into the water cooler talk in your workplace. Although you likely have a few friends at work with whom you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts, not everyone agrees that political talk in the workplace is a banner idea.

Employee privacy at the workplace

The privacy of employers has become a great concern in recent years because of technological advancements. Most companies have started using information technology as a medium of communication, thus employee privacy might be at risk in certain circumstances. Organizations provide their employees with accounts that they can use while working at the office. Even though these accounts seem safe, there is still a chance that personal information could be leaked. Employee privacy may also be violated by the organization through surveillance, drug tests, background checks or unlawful searches.

Retirement benefits

It is important for employees to plan their retirement ahead of time. There are different methods to plan for your retirement and make sure you can live a comfortable life after finishing your career. Besides pension, government employees have 401(k) plans allowing employees to invest in them. People who do not have access to 401(k) can create retirement accounts (IRA) to save money for their future. The federal government also has several laws in place to make sure the future of employees is protected. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) examines how retirement funds are being provided to senior citizens.

Federal laws and whistleblower protection

Sometimes employees have to work with the added stress of knowing that an illegal activity is taking place at their organization. In some cases, employees cannot take the added pressure and choose to whistleblow against their employees. It is difficult to decide what decision to make because you could risk losing your job or face retaliation from your employer. You should keep in mind that the law protects you completely in case your employer chooses to retaliate against you.

Rights of minors working for a small business

Minors often look for summer jobs to earn some extra money. Those who pay for their tuition may try to find work to earn enough money for when their semester starts. Others might be looking for some extra cash. There are specific laws in place to protect the rights of underage people who are often employed by small businesses. It makes sense for these businesses to hire minors because they bring a lot of energy and come at a lower wage than others.

The benefits of establishing a SEP

The Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, offers an easy retirement plan option for employers. Unlike other retirement plans, which require setting up a separate plan, in a SEP you can make contributions to your own Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and to the IRAs of your employees. These contributions are subject to some percentages of pay and dollar limits. Factors such as firm size, age, revenue, retirement, the compensation needs of the employer and workforce determine whether a SEP is suitable for a business.

Workplace bullying or harassment? Why the difference matters

Anyone who has faced mistreatment or abuse from a coworker or boss knows the lasting emotional harm that can result. If you think you're being bullied or harassed at work, it's a good idea to talk to your human resources department right away to try to improve the situation. But if the situation is getting bad enough that you're wondering about legal action, it's important to know the difference between bullying - which isn't usually illegal, except in rare extreme cases - and harassment, which can be illegal if it's on the basis of your membership in a protected class.

Obtaining unemployment benefits

If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you might be eligible for unemployment benefits and compensation. With growing economic problems, organizations are laying off employees to reduce expenditure. Payroll taxes paid by most employees go to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund. If you are unemployed, you might be able to receive a percentage of the amount you used to earn through the fund. But you must document your efforts of looking for a new job to be eligible.

Protection for whistleblowers in the United States

Organizations may be unethical and corrupt, but this does not mean every individual working for them has a part to play. Some employees expose wrongdoing at their organization by whistleblowing. Whistleblowing is the exposure of information to internal or external sources by an employee, which proves something illegal, unethical, fraudulent or corrupt is going on within the organization.