Beginning a new job can be exciting and challenging as well as overwhelming and frustrating, especially if you've been searching for a while. It's normal to feel this way. Not only are there new people to learn to work with and new responsibilities to master but there are also a whole new set of rules and policies to follow. There is one thing that remains constant, however, and those are your legal rights. So take some of the stress out of the whole process by arming yourself with knowledge about your rights and responsibilities as a job seeker and an employee.
- Applying for a Job FAQs
- Interviewing FAQs
- This job hunting checklist will help you create an action plan for your search.
- Here's what you should know about job search companies.
- Make sure that there's no digital dirt about you online that can ruin your chances with a prospective employer.
- Everyone wants to have an attractive resume, however, padding a resume or lying on an employment application can come back to haunt you.
- What will your job references say about you?
- There are certain questions employers can't ask you.
- Employment discrimination is illegal and unconstitutional.
The Hiring Process
- Use this checklist to gain an edge on your first day.
- What is at-will employment?
- Know your rights when signing an employment contract.
- Make sure you read and understand the employee handbook.
- Understand your obligations under non-compete agreements.
- Important things you should know about background checks.
- Understand what E-Verify is and how it works.
- The implications of drug testing.
- Know what your past employer is legally allowed to say about you.
- Understand why you need to provide certain documentation.
- Know what you need to about movers and moving expenses if taking a job in a different location.
- Make sure all your questions about pay are answered.
- Get the facts about the benefits you could receive.
On the Job
- Understand how the probationary period applies to your new job.
- How discipline procedures work.
- Can you take another job while you're working your main job?
If Something Goes Wrong
- Know what your state's laws are regarding breaks and time off.
- Does your company offers vacation time?
- Your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- You have rights if you need to take military leave.
- Understand your company's policies about time off for voting or jury duty.
- How unions work, and whether or not you are required to join one.
- If a job you were promised is taken away, understand what your next move might be.