What kinds of rights do workers have in Georgia?
As an employee, you have rights. Those rights are either:
If the statutory law or the contract provides for a right, then an employee has that right. Otherwise, the right does not exist in Georgia.
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What are contract rights for workers in Georgia?
Employment contracts are usually oral (that is, spoken). The employer says, "You're hired." You, as the employee, say, "I accept." Be sure, though, that you understand all of the terms of the contract before you agree. An employer's policy manual may define employee rights and duties when there isn’t a written contract.
Written contracts occur in two general areas:
1. If there is a union, then the union and the company have a written contract. This is called a collective bargaining agreement. It will govern the wages, hours, and conditions of employment. Most of the information about the job will be in the agreement.
2. Written contracts are also common in the "personal services" area, like:
Sales jobs, and
These contracts should be read carefully. If you are confused, you should talk to a lawyer to explain the contract.
Contracts are enforceable in a court of law. An employee or an employer can become involved in a lawsuit if he or she is not careful to respect the rights, terms, and conditions that are spelled out in a contract. The types of rights generally given by contract include:
Neither federal nor state law requires employers to provide vacations, breaks, or pensions. Nor do statutes require them to provide health insurance or paid sick leave. If your employer has no vacation policy, then you do not have the right to a vacation.
If your employer-employee contract does not give paid sick leave, then you are not entitled to be paid for those days you are sick and cannot work. Most employers give these benefits, however, because they could not keep employees if they did not.
Whatever contract rights an employer gives, the law says that those benefits must be given without discrimination.
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What are statutory rights for workers in Georgia?
Not all rights and benefits for employees depend on contracts. Some are provided by state and federal laws. These include:
If your statutory rights are violated, you have a right to file a complaint. You are responsible for following the rules for filing a complaint, including filing it within the correct period of time.
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