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Why it’s going to get a lot easier for workers to file charges against you

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to stay on employees’ good sides. Now the federal government is making it easier for disgruntled workers to file charges against their employers. 

Federal agencies have teamed up to create Worker.gov (screenshot above).

The website serves two purposes:

  • It’s a guide for employees to help them understand their rights under multiple federal laws.
  • It’s a simple interface employees can use to file charges against their employers.

The website directly links employees to agencies like the EEOC, DOL, OSHA, OFCCP and NLRB, and it allows them to file charges with these agencies with just a few clicks.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the site first asks employees for their job title.

Next, it links employees to this page:

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Source: Worker.gov

The prompts shown above link employees to a page that looks like this:

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Source: Worker.gov

The page explains to employees what they can expect after filing a claim.

And, finally, at the bottom of the page is a big, red button that reads “File Now.”

Once clicked, the prompt connects the employee to the appropriate agency, through which the person can complete the claim filing.

The entire process is pretty simple.

The website is still in the beta-testing stage, but HR pros may want to go there and play around to see just how easy it’ll be for disgruntled workers to use.

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