Workplace Expectations

Learning Goal:

  • Students will .... 

Intro to Worker Injuries

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?
How can injuries be prevented?
Find three child labor laws about working teens in your state. Check on the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry

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

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. Use this collaborative page and complete the following:
  • Describe the act. 
  • Who or what does it protect?
  • Find an example violation of this act.
    • Try searching '_______ violation'
Be ready to share your act with the class.

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

Know Your Rights: FLSA

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 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
Read through this Know Your Rights fact sheet and create a mind map (eg. Coggle) with 10 key points that you learned. We will also discuss it together as a group.  

We will play a game to review and reinforce this information. Break into teams of three 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. 

The Assignment - World Labor Laws & Beyond

Use your critical thinking and creativity skills to complete this project

Young Worker Toolkit

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

know the rules
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. If their team isn't correct, the other team has a chance to steal. 

Work Free of Discrimination

Worker Injuries & Workplace Hazards