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Employer Liability Prevention Archives

Minimize the risk of employee-related legal issues

Protecting your company from legal action can sometimes feel like a full-time job. It is necessary that you do this in a variety of areas. One of these is your employees. You don't want to leave any room for a disgruntled employee to find something to sue over. There are several things that you can do to minimize the chance of this happening.

Owners owe it to their businesses to protect them

Small businesses, much like young ones, can feel more fragile than their larger brethren in the marketplace. When things are just getting started, many businesses are sole proprietorships. One person owns it, and that person is responsible for most or all of the company's actions or expressions. But this is not the only issue, and it is generally not the safest.

Establish policies to help protect your company from litigation

As an employer, you have specific duties that you must meet. When you do this, your employees know that they are valued and that they can count on you to treat them fairly. By meeting your duties, you reduce the risk of litigation in the future. We know that this might seem like a big task, but breaking it down into different sections can make it much easier.

Preventing many common employment issues from occurring

Employment disputes are often complicated undertakings. Companies likely want to ensure their most valuable assets, their employees, are taken care of. But, they also need to think about the good of the business. Finding that balance is often difficult, so the administrators and owners need to work with someone who is familiar with employment litigation defense.

Set the tone for your company with a handbook

Many things can lead to an employer facing litigation. One option that you have to combat some of these is to have the rules and guidelines for the company spelled out clearly in a handbook. This gives employees a look at what's allowed and what isn't. From there, you can fine tune the specifics of the handbook so that it meets the needs of all employees.

Plan for addressing sexual harassment complaints at your company

Employers have a duty to investigate any claims that employees make regarding sexual harassment. When an employee approaches their manager, supervisor or any other company representative with a complaint of sexual harassment, swift action is necessary. The reaction of your management team to these complaints can impact how the complainant reacts.

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.

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.

Responding to EEOC complaints

When a complaint is made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against your company, you will need to defend against that charge. You will receive notification within 10 days of the complaint being made. Remember that this is nothing more than notification that there are allegations against you. It doesn't mean that you have been found guilty, so you should start to find ways to defend against the accusations.

Reasonable accommodations: A requirement in the workplace

Employers have to be sure that they are in compliance with various laws as they go about their normal work activities. One of the things they need to do is to ensure that they are providing reasonable accommodations to workers who have disabilities. The standard for this is set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the terms of the accommodations vary from one situation to another.

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