You started your business because you had a passion for providing valuable services or products. As your business grew, you added employees to strengthen your business and enable you to better serve your clients.
Every time you add an employee, the challenges of operating a business increase exponentially. The dynamics of your company change with each new employee. If you don’t take care of your employment practices, you can easily find yourself on the wrong end of a law suit.
Your employment practices are critical to the success of your business.
State and federal law create an alphabet soup (ADA, FMLA, ADEA, OWBPA, and others) of employment obligations that raise serious concerns to all business owners. These laws and their corresponding regulations present challenges for even the most sophisticated employer.
Prudent employment practices begin before you hire your first employee, using sound interviewing and hiring policies. Those policies and procedures include well-drafted employee handbooks with comprehensive policies and procedures, followed by thorough and continuous training to ensure that those policies are followed. Implement appropriate disciplinary procedures and, when necessary, dispense discipline even-handedly and fairly.
Employment disputes arise in many contexts. Most of the disputes start innocently enough, but quickly expand if not handled immediately. Consider the following real-life situations:
Review your practices and procedures regularly to ensure that they meet the ever-changing legal requirements. Develop prudent employment practices, and your business will boom.
I am, first of all, a husband and father. Rebecca and I have been married 23 years; we have four children ages 21, 19, 18, and 15. My family is my greatest joy in life. For 24 years, I have practiced business law in Arizona, the past eleven as the managing partner of Gibson Ferrin, PLC. We help businesses and their owners meet their business and personal goals. My practice focuses on the intersection between intellectual property law and employment law. I help businesses prosper by properly managing their intangible assets.
I am licensed to practice law in Arizona only. Though I believe the advice in BiziBoom™ is based on sound legal principles, the law of your jurisdiction may be different. The advice given on BiziBoom™ is informational only; it may not be applicable to your specific situation. You should seek the advice of competent counsel in your jurisdiction, someone who knows the particular legal requirements of your jurisdiction. Until you have signed an engagement letter with Gibson Ferrin, PLC, neither the Firm nor I are acting as your legal counsel. Nothing on BiziBoom™ creates an attorney/client relationship between you and the Firm.