Your business is your livelihood. Not only this, but your employees count on you. Protecting your company from liabilities, especially those in employment-related areas, is part of your responsibility as a business owner. There are a lot of things that you have to do to try to prevent giving disgruntled employees fuel to use against your company. The last thing that you need now is to have to face a costly and time-consuming lawsuit.
One of the most important things that you can do when you are trying to protect your company is ensure you are classifying employees correctly. You can't name employees as independent contractors just to try to save money on employment-related factors.
Another thing to do is ensure your leave, break and other scheduling policies comply with local and federal laws. This includes processing requests for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which has very specific requirements. Any missteps with this can spell trouble for your company, so it is best to err on the side of caution.
This brings up a very important point. Your employees, especially those who work in human resources, management or executive positions should be properly trained to do their jobs. It is a good idea to have a system of checks and balances that can ensure everyone is doing what they are supposed to do.
We know that it can be hard to keep an eye on everything going on when you are trying to run a company. We are here to help you with the legal aspects of it. This enables you to focus on making your business as successful as possible.