September 2017 Archives

Preventing FMLA abuse and disputes

As a Pittsburgh employer, you are required to provide your workers with certain benefits and protections. One of those benefits involves the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It was created to provide workers with unpaid time off to care for themselves and immediate family members in the event of serious illness and certain situations. 

Are you an employee or a contractor?

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the employment rights of an employee differ to those of a contractor. Those who have an "employment relationship" are the recipient of many more benefits. Because of this, a problem can occur. Employers often misclassify their workers for the unfair benefit of their business.

Preventing getting sued by your employees

Making the decision to fire an employee is never an easy one. Having the conversation with the employee is in itself difficult, but it is also to some extent accepting defeat in the hiring process. You hired someone who was clearly not appropriate for the role, and in doing so, your business has incurred unnecessary hiring costs and spent money on salary that was not correctly utilized.

Some factors to consider before you draft a noncompete agreement

Business litigation is on the rise in the United States. A U.S. federal court statistic from 2012, showed that during that one year, judges made 760 decisions having to do with noncompete agreements (NCAs). That number marked a 61 percent increase over the rate from 2002.