A common understanding among employees and some employers is that labor laws are framed exclusively for the benefit of employees without concern for employers. In any business or industry, proper structure and organization is necessary to operate the business smoothly. With no appropriate frame work the work place can become disorganized, less productive and in the long run may even collapse.
Labor laws serve as one of the means to ensure that minimum standards are maintained, thus encouraging an productive and ethical work culture. A work place with good culture, ethics and integrity not only benefits the employees but also positively effects the employers bottom line.
Labor laws are important for employees along with employers. They ensure a safe work place and an impartial relationship between employers and employees. The main goal of labor laws is to bring employees and employers on an equal floor with respect to bargaining power between employee unions and employers.
Labor laws are important because they specify and define employers and employees responsibilities and duties. These laws help employers to stay focused on their business than fixing issues at work place. Labor laws safeguard employees rights and enable the employers to have clarity on their obligations and responsibilities.
Basic labor laws that benefits employers are as follows:
- Minimum wage law help employers to avoid issues that result from unfair treatment of employees with respect to paying wages.
- By abiding to the OSH Act and other labor laws, the employer can make the work place free of hazards such as exposure to toxic substances, electric shock and pother unsafe and unhealthful conditions. This also shows the employers concern for their employees that helps them to gain reputation.
- Employers can avoid consequent citations, non compliance and penalties by adhering to rules under the law.
- Under the federal and state laws, employers are required to display certain labor law posters in an common area visited by job applicants and employees. This helps the employees to have a complete understanding of their rights .
- Non compliance by employers whether it’s inadvertent or other wise, places them at risk of a liability such as significant fines and penalties, employee disputes etc.
- Accurate conformity with these basic labor laws is important that helps to build employer – employee relationship and keeps them focused.
Labor laws for employers helps to maintain a conflict free place and levels the play field.