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Employment Litigation Archives

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.

Retaliation must be forbidden at your company

You need to ensure that your business avoids any retaliation against employees who are participating in protected activities. It is easy to understand that a manager might get upset when a complaint is filed against them for something like violating wage and hour laws or harassment laws -- but they can't be permitted to act on those feelings in a way that could be construed as retaliation. Under the bounds of federal law, retaliation is something that can lead to litigation against your company.

A complete review of litiguous claims against your company

Business owners hope that they will never have to deal with legal issues because of their company, but there are times when you simply can't avoid litigation. When this happens, you have to ensure that you know what your options are and how they will impact your business. You can't go into these situations thinking that you have the best answer because there might be options that you realize will work better once you start looking into things a bit more. We know that business owners in this position are likely ready to find out what is possible. We are here to help.

Employee leave polices must be in line with applicable laws

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) sets specific requirements for employees who need to take time off of work to deal with a serious medical issue or specific family events. If your employees come to you with an FMLA request, you must ensure that you handle the situation appropriately so that you don't face any litigation because of those actions.

Pittsburgh offers special protections for pregnant women

Employers in Pittsburgh have to ensure that they are complying with federal and state labor laws, but they also have one more level of laws to consider. They must comply with city codes that provide some protections for specific workers. One group of individuals who have special protections is pregnant women.

Plan employee terminations carefully to protect your company

Employment litigation is a serious matter for any small business. When you have a current or former employee who is making claims against your company, it can cast a negative light on the business even if you didn't do anything wrong. One area where you have to be especially careful is when you have to terminate someone. This event brings up very negative feelings for the person who is being let go.

Wage complaints must be handled carefully

One thing that all employers must do is ensure that employees always get their correct pay. Issues with pay will almost always cause problems with an employee. Some might understand when there is an error as long as it's corrected immediately, but others won't be so understanding. Business owners should have plans in place in case there is ever an issue over employee payroll. This may help reduce the likelihood that your company will face adverse legal actions.

6 things to put in an employment contract

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.

Employers must comply with federal and state overtime laws

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.

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