EMPLOYERS | Employee and Employer Duties

Employee’s duties to employer

Generally, an employee owes the following obligations to the employer

  1. to act in good faith
  2. account for and surrender any property and funds belonging to the employer
  3. liability for any damage caused to the employer or its property caused by the employee’s negligence or misconduct

Employer’s duties to employee

Generally, an employer owes the following duties to its employees:

  1. to provide and maintain a reasonably safe workplace,
  2. to furnish reasonably safe and suitable instruments with which to work
  3. to inspect and repair the workplace and instruments of work
  4. to provide an adequate and competent work force (this includes proper training)
  5. to establish and enforce safety rules
  6. to warn of any hazards associated with the employment
  7. liability for injuries to employees occurring in the course of employment

Government regulations

Federal and state laws and regulations govern many aspects of the employer-employee relationship. For information about these regulatory programs, go to these web pages:

Required notices

Federal and state law requires employers to display posters giving information about your rights under certain federal and state labor laws:

  1. the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which governs
    1. hours worked
    2. minimum wages for regular and overtime hours
    3. the number and duration of breaks, etc.
  2. the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  3. Child labor laws
  4. Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  5. Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
  6. Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  7. equal employment opportunity laws and regulations
  8. laws regulating the conduct of companies contracting with the federal government

For information about these posters go to these web pages: