GEORGIA EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY
THE LAW OFFICE OF JULIE M. WEINER
No matter the size of your business, having employees results in many types of legal exposure. However, many smaller businesses are unaware that there are legal requirements that they must follow. As a result, many businesses don’t seek advice before an adverse employment situation arises.
I advocate that businesses of any size seek advice from an experienced employment attorney as a preventive measure, which can save thousands of dollars in the long run. That is why many small to medium sized companies consult with an employment lawyer on an “as needed” basis to assist them with employee and human resource issues. Of course, if your business becomes the subject of an employment-related claim, you will need to consult an attorney as quickly as possible to assess the situation and determine if there are any upcoming deadlines.
What employment laws apply to my business?
Are there any improper questions on the company’s job application?
What forms do new employees need to fill out?
Does the company need to report employee information to any government agencies?
What types of employment policies does my business need?
What systems do I need in place to track employee time, performance and discipline?
What type of insurance coverage does the company need?
Are the employees properly classified as “exempt” or not exempt?
Are the employees paid in accordance with the law?
Is the business completing the proper forms when it terminates an employee?
Has the company documented the underlying reasons for termination?
Does the company have grounds to contest an award of unemployment benefits?
Is the company paying overtime in the correct manner?
Is the company appropriately classifying employees for purposes of the FLSA overtime exemption?
Is the company maintaining adequate time records?
Is the company paying its employees at least the legal minimum wage?
When can an employer dock time?
Can a company hold an employee’s paycheck?
Can the company change an employee’s pay?
Has an employee filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor or other government agency regarding your company’s pay practices?
When is an employer required to provide time off?
Are employees entitled to return to their position after taking leave?
Does a company have to provide an employee with leave time as an accommodation for a disability?
Has the company formed any employment agreements?
Should the company pay severance to a terminated employee?
Is the company’s non-compete/non-solicitation agreement enforceable?
Do any company employees have non-compete and/or non-solicitation agreements with former employers?
Has the company created contracts for payment of commissions or bonuses?
Is the company required to pay unused vacation / paid time off upon an employee’s termination?
What types of employment policies and procedures does my business need?
Does the company have policies that are not legally applicable to the business?
Are the company’s policies up to date?
Is the company complying with the laws pertaining to onboarding and terminating employees?
If your business ends up facing a formal complaint or lawsuit, it is critical that you consult with an attorney with significant experience in employment claims, as such matters often involve complex issues that don’t arise in other types of cases.
My legal career has been devoted almost exclusively to employment-related matters, and I have handled a variety of cases involving numerous types of contested claims in administrative agencies, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts.
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