The excitement of getting a new job usually ranks right above anticipation over how much you'll be making, and what benefits you'll have. What many people don't think to do is make sure that what they're paid is comparable to other people in the same profession with similar experience. Beyond the negotiating table however, there are certain rights that are controlled by law, such as minimum wage and overtime pay.

Start your job off on the right foot by negotiating to the best of your ability, and also by making sure that your employer is complying with the laws regarding wages, overtime pay, and benefits.