The workplace is a strange environment! It’s hectic, stressful, and more often than not it can drive us insane, especially when it comes to our boss. I know that you, just like most of us, have come across things your boss says and does that made you think, surely your boss isn’t allowed to do or say that. But the problem is that unless you’re a lawyer or at least familiar with the law, there’s no way in hell you’re going to be able to tell for sure.
It’s wise for all employees to read up on the law because that’s the only way to know if your boss is within his or her rights to do whatever it is they are doing. It’s especially important to do so right before an interview because many employers won’t hesitate to ask you illegal interview questions. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to figure out if your boss is acting illegally after you get the job.
To help you out we’ve put together a list of the things companies are allowed to do even if you think it should be illegal.
1. Cameras in the Office
Did your boss just announce that he’ll be installing cameras in the office, and all hell broke loose? Do you and your fellow employees think that your boss is way out of line? Well, he isn’t so don’t jump the gun quite yet. Employers are allowed to put up cameras in the office –not in the bathroom or changing rooms obviously - as long as they can justify why they need to put up the cameras. And by justify I mean that they need a more serious reason other than I want to spy on my employees.
2. Call You When You’re Taking a Sick Day
I’m sorry, were you dreaming of calling in sick and binge-watching the Gilmore Girls for the rest of the day? I’m going to need to bring you back to reality because your boss is well within her rights to call you and check if you are actually sick.
3. They Can Track Your Internet History
I’m sure that if you shop online at work, you probably realised that your boss knew. Employers are allowed to track their employees’ internet history so know that wherever you go on the web, your boss can follow you.
4. They Can Refuse to Offer Health Insurance
I know that we all think that health insurance goes hand in hand with being employed, but the truth is that your employer is not obliged to offer health insurance if the business less than 50 employees.
5. No Pension Fund
It sucks, but I assure you that if you work in the private sector your employer is in no way obligated to provide retirement benefits.
Remember that if you’re having trouble at work and you think that your boss is doing something illegal you can contact a lawyer who will tell you what the best course of action is.
Have you run into any of these problems at work? Do you think they should be illegal? Your thoughts and comments below please...