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August 2019 Archives

Explore your options quickly for employment litigation issues

Employment litigation is something that many business owners don't ever want to have to deal with. These cases can take considerable time and energy. In some cases, they are expensive to handle. It is always better to try to thwart situations that might lead to litigation. This isn't always easy, but the first step is having a solid employee handbook that is filled with policies that align with the law.

Document all employee disciplinary actions

One thing that you should remember as an employer is that everything related to your employees' performance needs to be documented. This includes any discussions or other actions based on performance issues. Keeping this documentation can help you address any claims that are made against your company that are related to adverse employment actions.

Minimize the risk that pay issues will cause a company problems

Your employees count on your company to have the payroll set up so that they can always have their pay when they are supposed to get it. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has specific guidelines that you must ensure are being followed at all times. You should learn all about the FLSA so that you can be sure that your employees are getting what's due to them and that your company isn't facing legal issues because of violations.

Evaluate leave requests from employees carefully

Workers sometimes need to take time off of work for medical reasons or to deal with a family situation. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per 12-month period to handle covered issues. For employers, understanding what qualifies as a valid reason for the time off is necessary since denied claims that should have been approved can lead to issues.

Disabled workers might seek reasonable accommodations

As an employer, you are expected to know about a host of employment laws. One that you might not be too familiar with is the reasonable accommodation law for people who have disabilities. In the simplest of terms, you have to provide employees who are disabled with special accommodations unless doing to so would present an undue hardship to your company.

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