Employment law is a broad and complex subject, with many different rules and regulations. Anyone who wants to protect their employees should have some understanding of the different types of employment law, as well as what kind of protections they offer to employees. You should also be familiar with the laws governing health and safety in the workplace, as well as harassment and discrimination laws. By knowing these areas of law, you can help your employees stay safe while they’re working for you.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at more ways you can take care of and legally protect your employees.
Follow state and federal employment law
The federal government, as well as every state, has its employment law. We’ll discuss the general things you need to do to follow this law later on in the article. But make sure to visit your state and local government’s website for specific information about what laws apply where you live.
Do not discriminate or harass your employees
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are illegal, so you should not take part in them. If you do not want to discriminate against any of your employees, such as race, age, gender, religion, or disability status then don’t do it! Employees that believe they have been discriminated against or harassed can sue their employer, and if the employer loses the case, they could be forced to pay their employee many thousands of dollars.
Do not let your personal views get in the way of treating all your employees equally and fairly. This is even more important if you’re an owner or manager of a company. Many times, employers think that it’s okay for them to treat certain employees differently from others, but in the eyes of the law, it’s not.
Make sure your employees are paid fairly and on time
Employers must always make sure that their employees are paid correctly and on time. This applies to all employees, no matter what status they have at your company (part-time or full-time, etc.). Utilize outsourced payroll services if you have to, what’s important is that everyone is well compensated, and on time, for their efforts.
Provide a safe work environment for your employees
Employers have a duty to make sure that the workplace is free of serious safety hazards. If you do not live up to this responsibility, and someone gets hurt as a result, they can sue you.
As far as actually providing a safe workplace goes, it’s usually a good idea to have a safety manual at work, and make sure your employees are trained on how to use the equipment they need for their job.
Treat your employees with respect
You should always treat your employees with respect, especially if you’re an owner or manager of the company. If you don’t want to be sued, you must not harass or discriminate against your employees. This means you must not do anything to make a particular employee feel unwelcome, such as by saying racist jokes in front of them or making sexist comments about women in general.
If they have a complaint about how they are being treated, take it seriously and investigate the situation carefully. Then let them know what you’re going to do about it. If necessary, ask them for their suggestions on how you can solve the problem.
Remember that an employee who is being harassed or discriminated against may quit their job, which could hurt your business in the long run. But if they are not happy working there because of what is happening, no matter how good of an employee they are, this could be the best decision for them.
Employment law can get fairly complicated to understand, so it’s a good idea to speak with a labor attorney if you have any questions about how it applies to your business. If you do not want to be sued by an unhappy former or current employee, then follow the law, treat your employees with respect and keep them safe while they’re working for you.
This article is only meant to provide some basic information about workplace law. It does not cover every situation that could happen in the workplace, nor does it go into great depth about any particular topic. If you are still unsure how this pertains to your specific situation, please speak with a labor attorney.
Employment law can be complicated to understand, so it’s a good idea to speak with a labor attorney if you have any questions about how it applies to your business. By following the law, treating your employees with respect, and keeping them safe while they’re working for you, you can help ensure that your business stays out of trouble.