With the worldwide recession, everyone needs a job, and for many, stability plays a big role to their sanity. If you lose your job and don’t know when your next paycheck comes, you could become a very bitter person who will resent everything that he or she has. Just because you’re an employee and not the owner of the organization, you have your own rights. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the power that they have. When they get unfairly dismissed, they simply walk out the doors looking dejected.
You don’t need to be a victim. If you know that you’ve done well and that your position is still crucial for the organization, you can seek legal counsel. Right now, your job would require that you research a bit about the employee rights in your area. Usually, your rights rely on these basic aspects:
1. Your legal rights
2. The contract that you signed upon joining the organization
Aside from that, here are some of the rights you need to know you have:
1. You’ve gained stability as soon as you’ve passed the probationary period.
2. If you’ve committed an offense, see what the handbook says about the repercussions. Usually, warning letters are sent before the employer takes drastic measures. If you haven’t received notice of any kind, make sure that you mention this with your attorney so he can take a closer look at the details involved.
3. You need to have a detailed compensation for the work rendered. If there’s discrepancy in anything, that will reflect poorly on the employer, and not on you. The holidays and overtime compensation (if there are any) should be included in the clause. And when signatures have been affixed at the bottom, this is proof that you may need when you file a legal complaint.
4. Deductions that are mandated by law must not be withheld, especially when it comes to the wages of the employees.
5. If you’re earning minimum wage, you may have the benefit of a tax shield. Research on the details and make sure that the guidelines are applied to you.
6. Check if there are associations that also help you with your cause.
7. The expected tasks for the title given to you. If you’ll be asked to do more, then this could also be a sign that the employer is exercising the power he has over you. This isn’t to say that you turn down the opportunity to go that extra mile. This could actually a test for you to see just how much you can handle. But when you feel that you’re not getting any growth and yet your number of tasks have increased, it is time to bring the matter up with your boss. If you see that you’ve been taken advantage of, it lets the higher ups now that you need to be compensated accordingly.
8. The compensation you need to get when you’ve been terminated. You still need to get that partial 13th month bonus even when you don’t finish the year.