Watch Out for These Legal Landmines!
The potential for errors when managing your workforce is high. The likelihood of the errors being costly is just as high. However, this is not necessary. With proper planning from the star, you as an employer can make sure that you understand the following common mistakes and how to avoid them.
At-Will Employment Misunderstandings
At-will employment is a concept recognized by nearly all 50 states. You can terminate an employee at any time, provided the reason can prevent allegations of discrimination or illegal firing.
Union Law Violations
Even if you are managing non-union employees, think twice before you take adverse action against an employee who acts as an organizer or spokesperson for the group. Even non-union employees have some rights when it comes to organized labor.
Wage and Hour Mistakes
Minimum wage, overtime, holiday pay, and comp hours are all issues that can complicate payroll. Have a business lawyer review your payroll and make sure that they comply with minimum wage requirements so you can be sure you are properly paying employees for all hours worked.
Hiring and Firing
While most employment contracts are at-will, firing someone cannot be motivated by discrimination or other illegal reasons. Likewise, hiring and retention cannot be discriminatory either.
Discrimination and Harassment
Discrimination and harassment are topics feared by everyone. However, every business owner needs to be prepared to have these conversations early on. If you can make sure that you aren’t walking the legal line and work with a lawyer to reduce the risk of discrimination and harassment. You will have much better relationships with your employees.
Safety Code Violations
You have a duty to provide your employees with a workspace that is safe and complies with OSHA standards. Make sure that you have rigorous standards that stand up to OSHA regulations, and are clearly communicated to employees.
Employees have certain rights to privacy. Practices such as drug testing, workspace searching, closed-circuit surveillance, and internet monitoring, while common, can lead to an employer in a hot seat. Before engaging in these activities, speak with a lawyer to ensure that you are within your rights.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Violations
The FMLA can be tricky to navigate. It can conflict with states because it requires employers to make judgment calls. The legal standard leans in favor of the employee over the employer. Therefore, many employers need legal guidance in these situations. Always consult a business lawyer to ensure your policies.
Concerned that any of the above legal landmines may apply to your business? Consult with a Creative Business Lawyer to ensure your management practices comply with employment laws and treat all your workers fairly. Not only is this good for your employees, but it will also mitigate your risk of allegations, fines, and lawsuits.
While being a successful business owner, you don’t want to get caught up in all of this legal mumbo jumbo stuff! Lucky for you, we have created something called the Access Plan, which helps business owners protect their legacy. We can schedule a free Shatterproof Session to get you jump started!