As an employer, you really need the assistance of a qualified employment law attorney for a variety of reasons. Employment law is complicated, and mistakes can be very costly. Even if you only have a few employees, you still have to comply with applicable state and federal labor laws in regards to hiring, promoting, and firing employees. You're also responsible for creating a safe workplace.Drafting Employment Contracts
As an employer, you should create an employment contract before you hire anyone. The employment contract specifies the duties and obligations of the employee as well as the amount of compensation he or she will receive. Many employees are hired without this paperwork, but having a contract ensures that both parties are on the same page.
Lawyers can help you develop your employment contracts to make sure that there aren't any false expectations. If you let your employees know in writing how much vacation time they earn and what type of benefits they can receive, then the chance for conflicts later on is greatly reduced.Ensure Compliance with Labor Laws
Since there are a variety of labor laws, it's almost impossible for business owners like you to keep up with them. From hanging up certain posters in the lunchroom to ensuring that all of your employees record their hours properly, there are many pitfalls.
An employment law attorney can help you by making sure you're complying with state and federal labor laws. It's easy for us to see what you're doing wrong. And by taking action now, you'll be able to avoid litigation later. When it comes to labor law violations, litigation can get really expense.Verify before You Act
Generally, it's okay to terminate an employee. However, there is such a thing as wrongful termination. If you need to let someone go because of poor job performance or similar reasons, then you have to take certain steps before you give them the pink slip. Terminating an employment contract the right way will ensure that you don't end up in a lawsuit over it later.
Contact John N. Kitta & Associates today to learn more about how an employment law attorney can be beneficial to your business.