The laws surrounding businesses are vast and a failure to at least have a basic understanding of the laws can lead to significant legal issues for the business. Before they hire their first employee, they will need to be sure they understand what they can and cannot do. This will help protect the business from an employment lawsuit.
Discrimination in a Business Setting
Businesses cannot fail to hire someone just because they are part of a protected class. They can decline to hire someone in a protected class if the person is not able to do the job with reasonable accommodations or if they do not have the skills required to be employed. Basically, the person has to be considered the same as anyone else who might apply for the job. Failing to hire someone just because of a protected status could lead to an employment lawsuit.
Worker’s Compensation for Employees
If the business hires enough workers, they will need to provide worker’s compensation for the employees. This protects the business from financial burdens if the person is injured while they are at work and enables the employees to get the financial assistance they might need if they are injured while they are working. Failing to obtain this insurance could lead to significant penalties for the business as well as a lawsuit after an injury occurs.
Dealing With Issues After Employment
After an employee is hired, if they need to be fired for any reason it will need to be carefully documented. They cannot be fired for being a part of a protected class and there may be other limitations as well. While someone is employed by the business, the business will need to know what to do if they cause any issues such as harassment at work or if they are simply not doing a good job.
Employment issues can plague any business and can ruin a business if the business does not understand the laws regarding what they can and cannot do. The Law Can Make Or Break Your Business, So How Well Do You Know It? If you don’t know enough about employment laws to protect your business, seek help today before any issues occur.