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Worker Rights

All workers in the state of Nebraska have certain rights. 

Know Your Rights (PDF) | Conozca sus Derechos (PDF)

Pay

You have the right to be paid a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for every hour worked, but as a farmworker you do not have the right to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a week.

Your employer must give you a written statement that says how much you earned and how it was earned (e.g., the number of hours worked and the hourly rate) and any deductions. The statement must also have the name and address of the employer and the reason and amount of each deduction from your wages.

Your employer must pay you on regular paydays. The employer can choose to pay you more often, but they must pay you on the regular paydays chosen.

If you do not have a written employment contract, write down what you and the employer verbally discussed and agreed on.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division helps all workers in the United States and enforces the law without regard to a worker’s immigration status. Services are free and confidential. It is illegal for you to be fired or retaliated against for contacting them or exercising your rights. For more information:
1-866-487-9243 or www.wagehour.dol.gov 

Safe Working Conditions & Training

Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace.

  • You have the right to safe equipment and working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
  • You have the right to get copies of test results done to find hazards at your workplace.
  • You have the right to review records and logs of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • You have the right to report an injury or illness and get copies of your medical records.
  • You always have a right to medical care; however, such care may be at your own expense. It is recommended that you find out if your employer provides worker’s compensation insurance in case of work-related injury or illness when you are hired.
  • You have a right to be trained in a language that you understand. Training should include identification of workplace hazards, risk prevention strategies, and the OSHA standards that apply to your workplace such as machinery, pesticides or other chemicals, and dust.
  • You have a right to be provided required safety gear and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, face shields, or helmets.
  • You have a right to be protected from toxic chemicals. You should be aware and have access to safety data sheets (SDS) that describe risks of all chemicals present in your work environment.