Federal and state laws regulate the amount of hours worked and the nature of the work performed by an employee. These laws also cover the physical and social conditions employers should provide for their employees in the workplace. In general, businesses that are involved in interstate commerce are subject to federal laws. Organizations are also expected to adhere to these laws and regulations when implementing employee learning and development programs, as well as ensuring employees comply to all laws and regulations in the course of employment and discharge of duty.
Employers must consider the various federal laws and regulations in the workplace not only when designing work spaces but also in offering employees career advancement and professional development opportunities.
In this section, we will consider some of the applicable Federal Laws and Regulations that relate to employers and employees while performing their duties in the workplace. These laws guide employee conduct and determine employers’ working policies and procedures.