Employment Laws

Federal and State laws have been enacted to protect employees and employers alike. There are basic federal and state labor laws in place that regulate everything from discrimination to overtime pay. Those laws are summarized below and include links to Baylor policies and governing agencies’ websites.

Americans with Disabilities Act Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits Baylor University from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, Baylor University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services. Sexual harassment is discrimination based on one’s sex or gender.

Employee Polygraph Protection Act The Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 (EPPA) prohibits employers from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screening or during the course of employment, with certain exemptions.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement Baylor University is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. As a government contractor, Baylor University is also committed to taking affirmative action to hire and advance minorities and women as well as qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

Fair Labor Standards Act The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prescribes standards for wages and overtime pay on the basis of a non-exempt or exempt classification.

Family Medical Leave Act The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of Baylor University to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

Occupational Safety and Health Act Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Unemployment Insurance The Texas Workforce Commission’s programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides certain persons who serve in the armed forces the right to reemployment with the employer they were with when they entered service.

Workers' Compensation Employees of the University are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, a state-regulated insurance program that pays medical bills and replaces some lost wages for employees who are injured at work or who have work-related diseases or illnesses.