According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employees filed a record high number of workplace discrimination charges in its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010 – nearly 100,000 charges.
Employers can take steps to prevent such lawsuits, in part, by knowing the top 10 mistakes that lead to employee lawsuits.
- Failing to have an employee handbook.
- Drafting a handbook which gives away too much.
- Asking the wrong questions during an employment interview.
- Failing to have job descriptions.
- Failing to drug test employees.
- Failing to properly pay employees.
- Failing to educate employees on sexual harassment.
- Failing to document performance.
- Failing to provide performance evaluations.
- Taking your time with terminations.
Employers can also take a proactive stance by understanding how employment laws affect their businesses. Do you know how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 or the Fair Labor Standards Act? Can OSHA come into your establishment? Must you follow the Family Medical Leave Act or the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act? These are a few samples of many laws that can affect employers – and create fines and lawsuits if they are broken or neglected.
If you haven’t addressed any of the top 10 mistakes or don’t know what laws affect your business, it could be time for an HR audit.
Contact us for more information about a HR audit to ensure that your company is in compliance with the law and to reduce the likelihood of getting sued.
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