Companies depend upon employees on the frontline to represent the interests of the organization and to help maximize company profits. Employees are the lifeblood of both large and small companies, and maximizing the potential of human resources is the key to success of smart businesses. Unfortunately, the employer/employee relationship can also be a volatile one. Any breakdown can result in litigation that puts the interests of your business at risk.
California law provides generous protections to employees, and federal laws govern the relationship between worker and boss. The Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American’s With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act all impose certain responsibilities on employers to protect and respect workers and to refrain from discriminatory behavior. Complying with the myriad of employment laws can present challenges to businesses and it is very easy to run afoul of these laws.
The Law Offices of Mike Ross can help you to ensure your company knows applicable employment laws and takes all possible affirmative steps to protect your business. As transactional attorneys, our goal is to help you prevent litigation before it starts so you can protect your company’s finances and reputation. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn how we can represent your business on employment law issues.
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Employers have many obligations, including workers’ compensation insurance; paying minimum wage; paying overtime; and maintaining a safe work environment.
When an employer fails to live up to his duties, he can face a civil lawsuit. Employers can also face action from a variety of federal and state agencies including the Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA); the Department of Labor (DOL); and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). Government agencies have the power to initiate investigations and issue citations if employers fail to follow the laws.
Some of the most complex legal requirements that businesses must obey are anti-discrimination laws. It is clear that employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of a worker’s protected status, including his race, religion, national origin, gender, old age, or disability. However, claims can be brought against employers, not only because of overt discrimination, but also because of the creation of a hostile work environment or because employment testing or requirements have a disparate impact on protected groups.
To minimize the risk of a lawsuit, companies need to carefully draft employment policies, evaluate all testing requirements to determine if there is a bona fide occupational reason for the testing, and have procedures in place that workers can report harassment or abusive behavior.
The Law Offices of Mike Ross can advise your business on all aspects of interacting with employees so you do everything possible to protect these relationships and avoid legal problems.
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Mike Ross has more than 30 years of legal experience representing large and small businesses. Mike Ross has also served in a leadership position on international companies and technology businesses, working as a CFO and General Counsel. This background has provided a comprehensive understanding of employment law issues that benefits clients seeking employment law advice.
Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and to learn how our employment law attorneys in San Jose, CA can represent you on employment law matters.