There are certain lines of work where people can expect to encounter a fast pace, pressure and a lot of stress. Medicine is one of these areas, as is law enforcement and military service, for example. Another field that can be a confrontational place to work is politics and a recent news report suggests that Capitol Hill is becoming a more and more hostile work environment.
As the election approaches, many people here in Greenbelt, Maryland, may be wondering about the role of politics in the workplace. Recently, there have been several reports of major employers telling their employees how they prefer them to vote. The legal implications of these political solicitations in the workplace are very complex, but in general it is wise to remain inclusive and tolerant at work and avoid hot-button political discussions.
Under federal law, most workers have the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the birth or the adoption of a child, a medical issue, or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent, among a couple of additional situations. Often, employers do not realize the rights that employees have under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and they sometimes wrongly deny this right.
Two years ago, the nation's first bill of rights for domestic workers was enacted. Now, it appears several additional states may follow suit, including Maryland.