We recently discussed some of the things that you need to include when you are coming up with an employment contract. These points can help save your company from litigation if something happens and the other person doesn't abide by the terms of the contract. It also protects you if there is a valid reason for you to cancel the contract. We know that this might not be easy to think about, so we are here to work on your behalf to determine what options you have to protect your business' interests.
A variety of benefits exists regarding working with independent contractors instead of hiring regular employees. Still, the laws and regulations that govern who you may classify as an independent contractor are extraordinarily complex. A knowledgeable employment law attorney can help remove doubt.
If you decide to use employment contracts for your employees, they can actually help protect your business in some cases by defining that relationship. For instance, the contract can lay out exactly how many vacation days the employee gets and what the ramifications are for taking too many days. If you then take action based on those stipulations, there is no room for the employee to argue that it was unfair or discriminatory. Those are the terms that they agreed to up front.
The Fair Labor Standards Act is important for employers and employees alike. The standards that they set protect everyone who is involved, so it is imperative that these laws are complied with. It is possible for employees to file a complaint against the employer, which can open the employer up for legal action against it.
Employees in Pennsylvania have the protections of federal and state laws when it comes to their overtime pay. It is imperative that employers understand the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act so they can ensure they are paying workers appropriately. This decreases the chance that they will face legal issues from employees who claim they weren't paid appropriate overtime wages.
Pennsylvania is an at will employment state, which means that either the employer or employee can end the working relationship at any point without a reason. Even though this sounds like employers can terminate employees for any reason, they actually can't. It is possible for an employee to sue an employer for wrongful termination if the reason is illegal.