Contract Workers Rights
If you have a contract as part of your employment, the contract spells out the rights and responsibilities of your job. Your employer must comply with the terms of the contract.
- The contract should include, among other things:
- Your job title and responsibilities.
- Your wages and hours of work.
- Vacation and holiday time off.
- Sick days.
- Information about the pension plan if there is one.
- Health care benefits if health care is provided.
- Time frame for giving notice.
- Reasons you can be terminated from your job.
- Grievance procedure.
- Whether or not you have the right to collective bargaining.
Before you take a job, read the contract carefully. If you work under a contract, and you believe the contract is being violated by the employer, you have the right to file a grievance. If the grievance is unsuccessful, you have the right to take your case to the U.S. Department of Labor. The contact information for the DOL is U.S. Department of Labor | Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210, 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). The website is www.DOL.gov.
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