Hiring, firing, and building a constructive work culture starts with HR management. An employer attorney can help you make sure that your HR protocols, contracts, handbooks, and hiring practices are legally sound.
Here are some of the ways that an employer attorney can help you build a better team.
One of the most expensive and important processes for any business is hiring great employees. An employment attorney can help you with compliance and contract issues that can help you avoid potential legal issues.
The federal and state statutes regulating employment in your industry can vary wildly. This has been particularly true during the COVID pandemic. An employment attorney can vet your hiring process to make sure that you avoid protracted legal issues related to COVID concessions. For instance, if you aren't able to conduct normal intake rituals like regular handbook or OHSAA briefings, an employment attorney can help you create digital versions of these processes that will stand up in court. Without an employment attorney, your HR practices might be scrutinized for not following your typical employee initiations.
Your employee agreements and contracts should reflect the current COVID reality. For instance, if an employee contracts COVID-19, how much sick time will they receive? Your employment attorney can make sure that your COVID-19 protocols are explained clearly, which can be critical when it comes to Workers Compensation or wrongful termination disputes. Furthermore, your employment attorney can insert language related to the COVID risks related to each position in your company. If a worker acknowledges these risks and your business complies with CDC/industry guidelines, it will be more difficult to bring a lawsuit against you for incidents of COVID related to the workplace.
Letting go of an employee can be a stressful and uncomfortable process. An employment attorney can handle the process legally and efficiently. Breaking the news that an employee has been terminated must be done tactfully and legally. For contentious terminations, an employment attorney can draft a letter explaining the termination and break the news to the employee. Although having an attorney do your dirty work might feel wrong, it can provide a degree of separation that protects both parties.
Another important service an employment attorney can provide involve severance packages. These incentives to settle disputes before they become protracted legal battles can save you time and money. Your employment attorney can help you draft and negotiate these packages.