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Why a Business Requires an Employment Lawyer

A business prides itself in its most important assets, its employees. To ensure protection of not only the employees and employer, it is recommended to procure the services of an employment lawyer. The lawyer handles legal rights and duties of employers and employees which include individual employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large group of statutory regulation on issues such protection from discrimination, wages, hours, health and safety. The following are tasks the lawyer handles.
¢ Representation in legal proceedings
When faced with an employment lawsuit, the process can be complex. The lawyer seeks to take action immediately while adhering to the deadlines while protecting the rights of the business.
¢ Representation in administrative proceedings
If an employee brings a complaint or claim before the employer for example on discrimination, the legal advice offered is based on the strength of the employees claim, response to it and how to preserve evidence.
¢ Provide Advice on employment decisions
When faced with difficult decisions like firing an employee, the lawyer can advice if doing so is appropriate and the steps to follow to minimize risk of obtaining a lawsuit
¢ Drawing up contracts and agreements
A lawyer prepares contracts used within the business environment like contracts between suppliers, clients and employees. This is done to ensure that the conditions stated are enforceable within the law by a court while protecting interested parties. Matters where the business has gone beyond the requirements needed or the timing on when to enforce the contracts is advised
¢ Workplace policies and guidelines.
The lawyer can ensure that workplace policies don't violate laws regarding overtime pay, family leave, final paychecks, or occupational safety and health. A lawyer can also check for language that might create unintended obligations towards your employees. Advice on additional policies may be given.
¢ Major policy changes
These include changes in pension plans or employee benefits. The lawyer can notify the employer about any potential legal pitfalls the business may face.
¢ Law amendments
As a business, the employer may not be informed of the new amendments whether it is a new law that the company is to adhere to or a revision of an already existing law. The lawyer ensures that all laws are followed and brought to the attention of the business.
Summary
A business succeeds if it operates in an environment where it is protected, informed and prepared for any eventualities.
Conclusion
At the end of the day, an employment lawyer provides the business with valuable insight in its operations that otherwise would be lacking.