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How an Attorney Can Assist with 4 Common Employee Issues

As your business grows, you may find yourself hiring additional employees.  While expanding your business has any number of positives, there can be some negatives if you are caught unprepared.  Different federal laws apply to your business depending on the number of employees you have. Further, state laws may have different, additional requirements.

Portuondo Law Firm offers assistance to businesses as they expand.  In order to mitigate risk, business owners need to be educated with regard to several issues.  Some examples are below.

Designing Data Privacy Protections

4 Common Employee IssuesWhen you hire employees, you are entrusted with some very personal information.  Depending on your business, you may also handle customer credit card numbers or gather medical data.  How you store this data is critical – and often mandated by law.  Whether you have paper records or maintain your information electronically, thought and care must be given to ensure the security of the data.  Businesses should also have destruction and disposal policies.

Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has both general safety standards for the workplace as a whole, as well as specific standards for specific industries and activities.  Keeping employees safe is, of course, paramount.  Complying with OSHA regulations includes establishing safety policies and ensuring proper training of the employees.  Employers must also ensure employees follow the policies.

Laws Preventing Discrimination and Harassment

Both state and federal laws regarding discrimination and harassment may apply to your business.  Making sure your managers understand and properly implement these laws is essential to avoiding lawsuits, as well as complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOC) and the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR).

Addressing Wage and Work Hour Issues

The most common issues surrounding wages and work hours involve overtime pay and minimum wage.  Many people believe overtime pay has no application for salaried employees.  However, this is not necessarily the case.  Understanding whether state or federal minimum wage standards apply is another important aspect of employment law that business owners must understand.

Onboarding (New Hire) Documents

Depending on your business, new employees may sign certain standard documents as part of the onboarding process.  Perhaps you need a non-compete or a confidentiality agreement prepared.  If you are a government contractor, you may have entered into an agreement requiring additional documentation.  In either case, a business attorney can discuss your concerns, review any government agreements, determine what your needs are, and prepare the appropriate documents.

Hiring an Attorney Now Saves Time and Money Later

When you hire an attorney to deal with employee issues on the front end, you save both time and money later.  Undoing something done incorrectly often takes more effort, and can cost you not only financially, but emotionally.  It may even damage your company’s reputation.  Finally, there may be civil or criminal penalties for not following the law.  Portuondo Law Firm offers a full range of business consulting services.  Contact us to discuss what Portuondo Law Firm can do for your business at 786.440.8615.

 

 

 

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