Some Frequently Asked Questions And Answers About Employment Law
I am attorney Susan Nell Rowe, and I welcome the opportunity to review employers’ concerns such as the following:
An employee at our company is claiming that they were discriminated against at work. What should we do?
Begin to gather relevant documentation, including evidence of precautions that you have taken such as training. Meanwhile, schedule a consultation with an employment law attorney. With focused legal advice, you may be able to resolve the dispute without a need for escalation through complaints to government agencies or a lawsuit.
At Rowe Law Office, LLC, I draw on years of experience gained at a larger law firm. I give my clients the benefit of my extensive knowledge through highly personalized, cost-effective counsel. I can help your company defend itself against a potential workplace discrimination claim or lawsuit expeditiously.
Why should we have an employee handbook?
When you hire and train your employees, you should convey to them in writing your expectations regarding work processes, health and safety, and policies for the prevention and reporting of discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
As an employer, what employment laws do I need to be compliant with?
Both the federal government and the state of Missouri have employment laws that you should be aware of as an employer. Your local city and/or county may also have relevant rules and regulations to adhere to. Here are some examples of key employment laws that you will likely need to comply with:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for employees of companies with 50 or more employees
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for employers with 20 employees or more and/or the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), for employers with 6 or more employees
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or Missouri’s minimum wage of $10.30 an hour
To ensure that your company is complying or will fully comply with these and other laws and regulations, work closely with an employment law attorney as part of your business model.
How can my company avoid being involved in a civil dispute?
Explain your expectations to employees through training and an employee handbook, and be compliant with local and federal employment laws and regulations. To prevent misunderstandings and respond to disputes over employment laws, work with an experienced employment law attorney periodically.