5 Things Your Boss Can’t Legally Do + What to Do if They Try

July 12, 2021

Bosses are leaders, but that doesn’t mean they can do anything.

They set the tone for workplace culture and have the crucial role of shaping future leaders within their company. But with this position of power comes the responsibility to act ethically and legally. Employment law protects employee rights and prohibits employers and employees from acting above the law.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Can my boss legally do that?” read on.

Make Employees Return to the Office

If your boss has begun discussions about returning to the office (or maybe you’re already there), it’s their legal right to require you to return to working from the office. “With infection rates falling and vaccination rates on the rise, many businesses have begun to formulate return to work policies. For those who have been away from the workplace for much of the last year, any return may be daunting,” says Domenique.

This return to the office can cause a lot of stress and anxiety on those employees who have enjoyed the flexibility and safety of working remotely. “Just because businesses can demand that employees return to work does not mean they should do so without transparency and planning. Providing sufficient notice, the opportunity to visit the worksite and observe safety protocols in place and offering forums for questions are effective ways for employers to build employee confidence,” notes Domenique.

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