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Employer Liability Prevention Archives

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.

Drafting a noncompete agreement that can be enforced

As an employer, it can be difficult to keep on top of all the paperwork that should be in place to protect you. It is likely that many of your employees hold information that is vital to your company, and it is extremely important that none of this information gets into the hands of competitors.

How to protect the company when terminating an employee

Running a business, no matter its size, takes a lot of care and compliance. You have to ensure that the company is following all employment rules and regulations laid out by various agencies. One place where companies get into quite a bit of trouble is the termination of employees. Here's how to protect the company when terminating an employee in Pennsylvania.

Ensuring compliance in the workplace

As an employer, one of your key priorities will be to, in one way or another, ensure compliance in the workplace. Noncompliant employees cost the company in lack of efficiency, hiring and firing costs and can potentially lead to expensive lawsuits. It also costs the company in invaluable factors such as the retainment of a positive culture and employee morale.

What are the benefits of mediation?

When employees have disputes with their employers and file a complaint, employers may want to consider an attorney-led mediation process. This can help resolve the disputes so that both parties can focus on their business relationship without the hassle of a court case.

Accommodating the needs of disabled employees

As an employer, you will know that it is illegal for you to discriminate against disabled employees. This is true for both the hiring and selection process, but also for accommodating the needs of disabled employees once they are employed. The way that you accommodate these needs will depend largely on the nature of the disability that a person has. However, in order to avoid costly lawsuits, it is important that you know in detail the duties that you have as an employer.

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