Workplace Expectations

Learning Goal:

  • Students will understand the history behind labor laws in the U.S.
  • Students will be familiar with major labor laws and acts
  • Students will understand what is covered by the FLSA
  • Students will be familiar with child labor laws
  • Students will understand their rights/responsibilities as an employee
  • Students will understand employer responsibilities
  • Students will be able to identify various types of workplace discrimination 
  • Students will be able to identify various workplace hazards
  • Students will ... 



Intro to Worker Injuries

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Work with one other person to answer these questions and find information. Add your information to this collaborative page

  • What are ways you might be hurt on the job?
  • Who is responsible for workplace injuries?
  • What is an example of workplace discrimination?
  • Find three child labor laws about working teens in your state. Check on the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry
Be ready to share.


Labor Laws History

In class, we'll watch these two videos on the history of labor laws. We will also check out the video on The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. 

Use this timeline from the Dept. of Labor to discover:
  • Four labor laws/acts & their years
  • Three important people & their contributions with years
  • Two interesting facts
Work with one other person and add your information to this collaborative page. Make sure to use visuals and be ready to share. 


Labor Laws in the US

In class, we will explore important labor and workplace laws. Using these two links, we will do some research on the following acts:
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • Title II of The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
Team up with one other person. We will break the laws up among the teams. Use this collaborative page and complete the following:
  • Describe the act (in your own words). 
  • Who or what does it protect?
  • Find an example violation of this act.
    • Try searching '_______ violation'
  • Use visuals
Be ready to share your act/s with the class.

We'll check out this link on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the videos below. 













Know Your Rights: FLSA

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In class, we will be looking at your legal rights as a non-adult worker. The focus is on child labor laws, but other components of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are covered as well. We'll look at this document that covers key points to remember when talking about labor laws. 

According to the Talking Safety curriculum, child labor laws protect teens, ages 14 through 17, from working long or late hours, and they make it against the law for teens to do certain dangerous tasks. Health and safety laws protect all workers, including teens, from job hazards.

See if you can you answer these questions from taken from Talking Safety:
  • “What is the minimum wage in our state?
  • “How many teens are injured or killed on the job in the United States each year?”
    • Every year, nearly 37 teens, ages 14 through 17, die from work injuries in the United States. Close to 60,000 get hurt badly enough that they go to a hospital emergency room.
  • “Which agency can you call to report a health and safety problem on your job?”
    • Contact OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You can find your local office by calling 1-800-321-OSHA or visiting www.osha.gov.
Read through this Know Your Rights fact sheet and create a mind map (eg. Coggle or popplet) with at least 12 key points that you learned. Include at least two points from each page. Add it to this collaborative page. We will also discuss it together as a group.  

We will play a game (download open w/ PP) to review and reinforce this information. Break into teams of two to five and pick a team name. We'll talk about the rules from this link. We'll use this document to keep score.

We'll also review the main points and the end of the presentation. 

We'll look at some key points from this MN Dept. of Labor & Industry site.

The Assignment - World Labor Laws & Beyond

Use your critical thinking and creativity skills to complete this project



Young Worker Toolkit

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We have taken a high-level look at our state's child labor laws, but now you will focus in, based on your interests. Choose one of the Child Labor Fact Sheets listed on this page. Use the information on the fact sheet to create an infographic with the important facts and data. The infographic should be visually engaging and informative. Include at least five pieces of information from the fact sheet you chose. 

Add your infographic to this collaborative page




Employee & Employer Rights & Responsibilities


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We will use these links to review your rights as a worker, your responsibilities, and employer responsibilities

Break into two equal teams. We will use this collaborative whiteboard app to play Pictionary using the information above. One person from your team will draw a right/responsibility and the others will try to guess which one it is. The artist will have one minute to draw. You have to wait until the time runs out and decide on the best answer. If their team isn't correct, the other team has a chance to steal. 




Work Free of Discrimination

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We are going to dive into the different types of discrimination that are protected in the workplace. We'll start off by taking a quiz on Socrative (use the link to go to my room and enter BRAINERDA220) to test what you already know. 

We will watch this video that demonstrates different types of discrimination.  As we watch the video, sketchnote (visual note taking) the main ideas and takeaways. Use one of these sites to sketchnote. 

Add your sketchnote to this collaborative page. Here is a good example

The Assignment - Discrimination Visual 15 pts

You will take a closer look at one type of discrimination and share what you learned with the class. Here are the types of discrimination we will look at:
disability
Use the links above and other resources to find the following information:
  1. Explain your type of discrimination
  2. Four or more facts about your type of discrimination
  3. Find a real-world example of your type of discrimination (search the news)
Choose your medium. Use one of the tools below to create a visual that includes the information you found. The visual should be informative and visually appealing. You will share your visual and the information you found with the class

                

Add your visual to this collaborative page and send it to me on Schoology. 

We'll look at this video below, which demonstrates at least three forms of the discrimination above. 



Worker Injuries & Workplace Hazards

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Workplace Hazards Key Points:
  • Obvious hazards vs unseen hazards (eg. blade vs stress)
  • Immediate vs delayed injury (eg. hot grease vs noise)
  • What is susceptibility? What is severity? How do they relate to workplace hazards?
  • All workplaces have hazards
We'll look over these two links to get an overview of workplace hazards we should be aware of. 

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We will go through this presentation to take a closer look at identifying and preventing hazards. We will also use this Talking Safety Hazard Hunt activity. 

The Assignment - Hazard Map 15 pts

Form your team for three or four. Each group will take a different type of workplace and draw a hazard map. Draw a simple floor plan showing a typical workplace of that type. Mark the location and type of hazards that may be found in that workplace. You could choose a fast food restaurant, grocery store, office, gas station, swimming pool, coffee shop, or something else.

Use Google Drawing, Aww App: Online WhiteboardSketchpad, or another tool to create your hazard map. The floor plan should show rooms, work areas, furniture, equipment, work processes, doors, and windows. Use the following color code to reinforce the categories of hazards. 
  • Red to show safety hazards 
  • Green to show chemical hazards 
  • Orange to show biological hazards 
  • Blue to show other health hazards
hazard map example

You will explain and present your hazard map to the class. Add your map as an image to this collaborative page and on Schoology. 

Worker Injuries

As a class, you will create a workplace injuries video playlist. Look over the videos on this page. Choose a video that looks interesting to you and one you feel would be valuable to watch as a class (short - medium length). Add your choice to this collaborative page. As we watch the videos, sketchnote (visual note taking) the main ideas and takeaways. Use one of these sites to sketchnote. Add your mind musings to the same collaborative page. 








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