While there is no magical formula for preventing employment lawsuits, there are certain preventative measures every employer should take. Litigation can be time-consuming, costly and damaging to your reputation. Below are a few pointers for how to avoid litigation with your employees:
- Provide every employee with a current employee handbook and any updates or changes
- Pay your employees for all of the hours that they work – this is a “hot topic” in employment law cases
- Ensure that your employees are given breaks, including an appropriate amount of time for eating a meal, if necessary
- Confirm that you have properly classified your employees as exempt or nonexempt, and treat them accordingly. Treating employees as if they are independent contractors or vice-versa can result in class action lawsuits as well as you owing unpaid taxes.
- Understand all of the legal requirements of your specific industry and verify that you are in compliance with federal, state and municipal laws.
- Educate yourself regarding the required accommodations for disabled employees.
- Train your supervisors and managers on what your company’s policies are and how to implement them properly.
- Stay current on the ever-changing law governing your business. One of the best ways to do this is to work with a seasoned employment attorney to help your business with all of its legal needs.
There are numerous other topics that should be considered, but the above list gives you an idea of some of the hot topics in employment law litigation. If your company if facing a lawsuit, contact us for the advice and guidance you need. Our office is located in Melbourne, but we proudly serve businesses across the State of Florida.