employment law Archives

Four Holiday-related Issues to Tackle with your Employees

Holidays - particularly the year-end Holidays, are supposed to be a time for relaxing and disconnecting. However, in the business world, that doesn't always happen. Between the end-of-year demands and the stress of trying to accommodate employee holiday needs and wishes, it can be a lot for employers to manage.

Tips for preventing disputes when your employee is family

Many employers in small- or medium-sized companies hire family members to work for them. Employers might do this as a favor or because they want to hire someone they can trust. Whatever the reason, employers would be wise to protect themselves and the company in the event of a dispute. There are a few ways to do this: 

Employers: How to Respond to Reports of Sexual Harassment

California employers are struggling to create and maintain a safe, healthy and productive workplace. It involves hiring the right people, establishing an appropriate culture and balancing legal compliance with the cost of instituting the necessary safeguards.

Bad Faith Negotiation Tactics to Know and Avoid

Negotiating a partnership, commercial lease, settlement or other type of agreement in California can be a tedious process. However, as difficult as these negotiations are, they can become even more challenging when the parties attempt to memorialize the agreement in writing – particularly if one party attempts to employ bad faith tactics. A recent article from the New York Law Journal describes how such efforts can sabotage good faith negotiations, so it is helpful to understand what these tactics are. Below are some examples of what these might look like.

Three Reasons Why A Firing May Be Wrongful

Most employment relationships in California are "at-will" relationships, meaning either an employee or employer may terminate it at any time for any reason, as long as the reason is not illegal. If an employee is terminated for an unlawful reason, then they can file a wrongful termination lawsuit seeking damages from an employer.

Does Your Organization Need an Employee Handbook?

No matter the size of your enterprise, having an employee handbook can benefit your organization. A handbook summarizes company policies and gives employees a roadmap for what is expected. It's also a way to promote your brand and culture internally. As workplaces evolve, a handbook can help protect your organization against misunderstandings and potential lawsuits.

The perils of the hiring process for employers

The hiring process is a nervous time for both the prospective employees who apply for the open position, and the employer that is trying to hire the most talented applicant available. There are many things to consider on both sides, but today we want to focus on the employer and what they must do in order to ensure a successful and litigation-free hiring.

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