State vs. Federal employement laws

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"Employee rights are protected under both Federal and State laws in the U.S. Federal employee rights laws mandate only the minimums to which employers in all states must adhere. States are allowed to create their own employee rights laws that include or expand upon the minimum protections offered by the Federal laws". (Niznik, ND) United States employment law is a collection of Federal, State and Local laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of Nineteen Sixty-Four, is considered to be the single most important piece of legislation that has shaped and defined employment law rights in this country (Bebbett-Alexander & Hartman, 03) Prior to passing Title VII, United States employees were left to fend for themselves in an unfair and unequal work environment. Employers, for all sakes and purposes, owned their employees. The federal government passed the Civil Rights act in Nineteen Sixty-Four, which established laws and regulations to promote equality in the workplace and consequences for any illegal, discriminatory behavior listed in Title VII.

State statues and laws pick up where the Federal laws left off. Federal Law establishes minimum rights form most workers in private and public sectors, and state and local laws may provide more expansive rights and harsh standards.

Federal and State Systems of government, pertaining to employment law, have a common purpose. That purpose is to ensure employees of the United States of America are treated honestly and fairly without discrimination. As with any business, policies and procedures are enforced from the highest level of the organization. These rules and regulations are fairly generic in nature yet set the ground rules for the employees of the organization. Specific rules and regulations, as well as support and feedback is established throughout each department. For example, the dress code that is written in the organizational...