risk-mgmtThere are many laws associated with the hiring and firing of employees in the United States. It is easy for a business to run afoul of these rules inadvertently. Here at The Burton Law Firm, we are intimately familiar with all of the rules dealing with operating a business that makes use of employees. We know how to assist you in building a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with your employees.

It is important that employers and their employees have a mutual trust and respect for one another. Part of maintaining this productive atmosphere depends upon both employer and employee feeling confident in the business relationship they share. Employers want to ensure that the company runs smoothly and efficiently, making a profit without alienating employees. Employees want to feel secure in knowing that their employer will not arbitrarily mistreat them or make unreasonable demands. All parties must abide by the laws created to govern the workplace.

Hiring a new employee can be stressful for both the employer and employee. The employer must evaluate the skills, experience, and personality of the potential employee in a short period of time, and then decide whether the applicant fits in with the business atmosphere of the company. All the while, the employer needs to comply with the applicable laws regarding employment, and refrain from discrimination in the hiring process. The potential employee would like to feel like a valued member of the company and ensure that he or she is being treated fairly by the employer during the hiring process. We can help to bolster this relationship.

risk-mgmt2The Burton Law Firm can help both parties enter the relationship with trust and confidence. Our attorneys can assist both employers and employees in negotiating employment contracts to ensure that each party is satisfied with the transaction.

After formation, a business needs to take steps to avoid potential lawsuits. Numerous lawsuits can arise out of operating a business that hires employees, and this risk needs to be managed by experts. Many companies develop a sexual harassment policy, employee handbook, safety procedures, and other guidelines to ensure that the business runs efficiently and avoids future legal problems. The Burton Law Firm can help your company achieve your risk management goals by developing guidelines, explaining the applicable laws to employees and management, and acting as a resource when a new policy is in question. Once the risk management plan has been implemented, we are available to update the plan periodically and provide further counsel as new issues arise. Refresher courses on the subjects of sexual harassment and workplace safety are always available, as is periodic refurbishing of the risk management policies.

Correctly applying employment law and adequately protecting against legal risk are important goals for any business. The Burton Law Firm stands ready to assist you as your business moves through this essential segment of its development. Please allow us to share our expertise with you. Please contact Scott Galbreath, our employment law and legal risk management attorney, for further information.