By nature, employment laws are designed to protect employees. You may wonder where that leaves you, the employer. If you’re like many employers, fear of these laws can cause you to always err on the side of caution, giving workers more latitude than is required. On the other end of the spectrum, ignorance of employment laws can result in legal trouble with an employee, former employee or even a job applicant.
Rather than feeling like a victim of employment laws, strive to understand them. The more you educate yourself, the less chance you’ll make a legal misstep, and the better you can protect your best interests.
The first step to gaining control is to know which federal laws affect your business. You’ve probably heard of many of these, but some may surprise you. Keep in mind, these are complex laws, so consider this a general overview
The more you educate yourself, the less chance you’ll make a legal misstep, and the better you can protect your best interests.
Federal laws are your first area of concern. But you also must consider state and local regulations. For instance, many states have their own laws that set a minimum wage higher than the federal standard or prohibit discrimination based on factors that go beyond what is covered by federal laws. And, increasingly, local municipalities are passing laws that extend employee rights even further than state law. Contact your local Small Business Administration office for more information on additional regulations in your state, city or county.
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