Employee Rights in Asheville and Elsewhere Following Termination

If you’ve lost your job, you’ve still got rights that you need to protect. Some of those rights include continuing your health care coverage and unemployment compensation, according to the United States Department of Labor.
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There are a number of reasons why a worker may leave the job. They could be fired, they can resign, they can suffer from a work accident or they can choose to change career paths. Regardless, there are things that you need to know about leaving a job. Both you and your employer have responsibilities to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Our Asheville workers’ compensation attorneys understand that some employees and their families who might otherwise lose health benefits have the right to choose to continue their group health benefits provided by their group health plan through work for a limit amount of time. Many may not be aware of this and may unknowingly give up these rights. In these cases, many times employers and companies are required to provide these individuals with specific notices regarding these issues.

Those who have been let go of a job through no fault of their own and meet a few other requirements might be able to receive funds through unemployment benefits, too. These benefits were created to help to provide temporary financial help to those who lost their job for specific and limited reasons. Funds are available to those individuals who meet specific requirements under their state law and under federal law.

With the federal unemployment insurance program, each state is allowed to administer their own insurance program. It’s required to follow federal law however.

Under the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law, employers are prohibited from discriminating on the job against any employee. They cannot discriminate against employees regarding veteran status, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, color, race or age. Employers are not allowed to let go an employee based on any of these characteristics.

While some are worried about what they’re going to do because they’ve been laid off, others are just thankful that they’ve got a job and a lot more people are saying that now. According to the Secretary of the Department of Labor, the U.S. added nearly 100,000 jobs in the month of June.

The month of June serves as the 28th month in a row in which there has been growth in the private sector. Now, there are nearly 4.5 million private sector jobs. Gross domestic product growth has now been positive for 11 consecutive quarters and we continue on the path toward stable and durable growth.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a work accident in Asheville or elsewhere in the Carolinas or is fighting against an employer for you deserved compensation, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. Give us a call us today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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