The Non-English Speaking Workers Protection Act (LB 418) provides protections to non-English-speaking workers if more than ten percent of the employees are non-English-speaking and speak the same non-English language.
The employer shall provide a bilingual employee who speaks in the identified non-English-speaking language and available at the worksite for each shift during which a non-English-speaking employee is employed to.
Nebraska is a right-to-work state and Nebraska employees have the right to choose whether they want to join together for collective bargaining purposes. Employees in the meatpacking industry shall have the right to meet together for the purpose of organizing themselves without fear of harassment or reprisals.
Employees in the meatpacking industry are entitled to the safest possible working conditions. Employers are committed to accomplishing this goal. In this regard, employers commit to the following actions:
2.1 To establish a management/employee safety committee to meet on a regular basis to examine Safety practices, to include but not be limited to safety issues arising out of line speed, and implement the best safety practices for all employees in accordance with federal and state laws.
2.2 Employees shall have the right to file complaints with the plant safety committees without fear of reprisal in order to make the safety committee aware of safety concerns. The committee shall act promptly to assist the employer in addressing safety and health dangers by making recommendations regarding corrective measures and notify the employee of the action taken. An employee shall also have the right to refer safety concerns to the appropriate state and/or federal agencies without fear of reprisal.
The employer agrees to provide to employees:
Functional and adequate equipment is necessary for a safe work environment. Each employee shall be entitled to use equipment that is adequate to perform the job task assigned. The failure to provide adequate equipment shall be cause for the safety committee to make recommendations for corrective action by the employer.
Each employee should be entitled to receive an employee manual at the time of hire that contains:
An employee is entitled to understand his or her rights and obligations. The employer shall provide an explanation in the employee’s native language of that employee’s rights and duties as an employee either person to person or through written materials.
Certain rights are already afforded to employees under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act, the Nebraska Workplace Safety Consultation Program, and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Act. Employees have a right to understand for themselves, or through a representative, their rights and obligations under these Acts. The employer, through a written document or training, shall provide to the employee information to inform and educate the employee’s relative to the employee’s rights and duties under these laws.
Everyone has the right to respect and protection against discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability all in an environment free of sexual and physical harassment. Employers should treat their workers with respect. Existing protections against harassment, discrimination and intimidation should be enforced.
Employers should provide on-going training opportunities to employees for enhanced skill development and industry changes. Supervisors should be provided with opportunities to enhance their language skills in order to be conversant in the identified non-English language.
Every employee has the right to expect payment of wages owed for work performed by the employee. The employer shall pay all wages due to its employees. Employees have the right to contact the Nebraska Workforce Development-Department of Labor for assistance in determining their rights under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act
The State of Nebraska commits itself to protecting the rights of employees in the meatpacking industry. Trained Labor Law Program staff is available to assist employees and employers with information concerning a variety of labor-related issues, including:
Signed this 28th day of June 2000