Employment issues are always a concern for owners and managers of business.
When they occur they are disruptive, many times they become an emotional drain, they are costly, can be demoralizing to other employees and in my view the employer and employee(s) seldom come out ahead.
When it comes to seeking HR advice, or to make an introduction to others for counsel, I look for local professions. But, from time to time I receive interesting comments from Don Phin, a national employment attorney.
In Don’s recent blog he makes important points about preventing and managing employment claims.
Here’s a short of what he said:
- Following the law is not a maybe, it’s a must.
- Purchase Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
- Don’t hire a claim…. follow a checklist approach (he provides a sample checklist).
- Don’t ignore, bury or deny problems.
- Don’t make things worse than they already are.
- Don’t give over control of litigation to the lawyers (that’s interesting).
- Bring joy, passion and fun to the workplace (this is typical for Don – he always places great emphasis on enjoying what you do).
Don also recommends you perform background checks and other legal means to research employee candidates to also prevent hiring a workers’ compensation claim.
You will find the entire text of this blog via this link: Don Phin’s Blog.
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