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Three Ways Your Employees Could Sue – And How To Avoid It

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by | Aug 3, 2018

If there is one rule about business that every major player should know, it’s to make sure that you spend some of your business budget on a solid law team. Your employees are the people that you’ve chosen to come on board and work with you to propel your company to greatness, so it is important that you can trust that they wouldn’t choose to sue you. If you are doing right by your staff, it’s something that you can be confident that you can avoid. However, you are only human and there is a chance that you could breach an employment law and not realise it until it’s too late.

It’s vital to your company that you get legal services that are going to support you and be there for you in the event that you do have to face a lawsuit brought about by an employee. All employees – alongside you – should be aware of the rules and regulations in place to keep all parties happy. This doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be other reasons that your employees may want to sue you. It’s always an unlikely scenario, but it is one that you should be prepared for in the background of your working life. Below, you’ll find some of the most common reasons that employees sue their employers and how you can avoid it happening.

Paying Less

There is a bottom line and a budget for every smart company. A part of your budget is going to be the wages of your employees outside of the perks and bonuses and paying less than the very minimum is not only unlawful, it’s a fast route to being sued. A company that pays less than the minimum is one that will have a very high turnover: no one is going to want to work for a company that doesn’t value their staff. Don’t violate the minimum wage laws, or you’ll find yourself exposed to the lawsuits that come with it.

No Rest

Your employees may spend their time working for you, but that doesn’t mean you should be working them to the bone. If you’re working in the service industry especially, rest breaks are an essential. Be very aware of the law, but also be a good person; they are people, not numbers, and they need breaks that are given to them freely. They can and will sue you if you aren’t providing the required rest breaks.

Discrimination

When you hire people, you’re hiring personalities and not robots. People have different colours, religions and family circumstances. You cannot discriminate based on colour. You cannot restrict promotions or perks based on whether someone is a parent. If you fire someone on the basis that they have children and can’t go to work functions, it’s discrimination. Make sure that your staff has the tools that they need to complete their tasks and remember that these are people that you are dealing with.

Avoid lawsuits by being a good employer; this is the bottom line.

xoxo, Karmen K

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