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Employer Liability Prevention Archives

Avoid employee misclassification in Pennsylvania

One of the costliest mistakes that employers can make is also one of the easiest mistakes to make. Employee misclassification happens very frequently in companies in the state of Pennsylvania, and it can often lead to issues such as unpaid overtime, that can, in turn, result in legal disputes.

Drafting a noncompete agreement in Pennsylvania

As an employer, one of the most important responsibilities you have is to avoid litigation. This can be successfully achieved through conflict resolution if a problem occurs between you and an employee. However, a more effective way to avoid litigation is through thorough planning of the hiring process of new employees. By drafting hiring documents and contracts, you can prevent disputes from escalating further down the line.

Employers need to ensure they do not discriminate with paychecks

Recent discussions in the media have highlighted the persistent pay gap between men and women in the United States. The so-called "gender pay gap" exists not only in industries in general but between men and women in particular roles. This means that as an average, men get paid more than women per hour in roles that they are both equally qualified for.

Avoiding litigation when creating compensation agreements

As an employer, one of the most important parts of your job is hiring the right people and making sure that they are successful at what they do. One of the key tools in helping you to do this is the employment contract. When drafted correctly, this can help you to be empowered as an employer to manage your business correctly.

How unconscious bias training can help employers

Making judgments quickly through generalization is part of the human psychology. To process information quickly and efficiently to make decisions throughout the day, the brain tends to create stereotypes that are shaped by experiences and information absorbed over a lifetime. This information that the brain uses to create generalizations may be true or false, and it is often unconsciously held. It frequently comes from dubious sources such as our parents' beliefs and what we've seen on television.

When are employers liable for their employees' actions?

As an employer, it is likely that you will encounter a situation at some point where an employee gets in trouble with the law or is responsible for damages while at work. In a situation such as this, it may be initially unclear as to whether the employer is liable for the employee's mistake, or whether the employee is individually liable.

Preventing whistleblower litigation in Pennsylvania

As an employer, it is important that you prevent any disputes with employees from arising. It is possible to do this successfully by staying aware of the rights that your employees have under the law in Pennsylvania. This is especially true when it comes to whistleblower laws.

When workers are misclassified

As a Pennsylvania small business owner, it may be your responsibility to classify your employees correctly with regard to whether they are actual employees or independent contractors. Classifying your employees appropriately from the outset is critical, because there are some very important distinctions between the two types of workers, and inaccurately claiming that an employee is an independent contractor can land you in some serious hot water.

What should be included in an employee handbook?

Writing an employee handbook correctly can prove to be one of the most effective ways to prevent employee legal disputes. It means that all standards and company policies can be set straight, and provides a procedure for employees to follow in the event they have any type of problem. This makes it more likely that they will follow a company procedure, and less likely that they will turn straight to a lawyer for guidance.

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