Palm Beach Gardens Management Representation Attorney
Florida employers need to comply with a wide range of federal and state employment laws. These laws cover areas such as minimum wage, overtime pay, and employment discrimination. An employer that fails to meet their legal obligations, even unintentionally, may face litigation or even the threat of government action.
An experienced Palm Beach Gardens management representation attorney can guide you through this process and help ensure that your business is protected from potential liability. At the Sconzo Law Office, P.A., we represent clients on a variety of employment law issues. We can advise and assist you in dealing with your specific employment issue.
What Florida Employers Need to Know
Florida law generally considers employees to be “at will.” This means that you typically can dismiss or fire an employee at any time without having to give a reason. Similarly, an employee is free to quit whenever they want without notifying you.
As the employer, you may wish to secure the services of certain key employees through a written employment contract. Such agreements can spell out a number of things, such as the exact scope of the employee’s job duties, their compensation, and the grounds for terminating the employee “for cause.” Such contracts can also include protections for the employer’s trade secrets, as well as “non-compete” agreements that restrict the employee’s ability to work for a competitor for a certain period of time after the employment relationship ends.
Additionally, management often needs advice and representation in connection with potential discrimination complaints. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act forbid employers from discriminating against an employee or job applicant based on race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics. (Age is also a protected trait if the employee or job applicant is at least 40 years old.) All Florida employers need to have strong anti-discrimination policies in place to avoid potential litigation. This means having internal reporting procedures so that an employee who feels they have been a victim can present their information and afford you an opportunity, as the employer, to take corrective action.
Indeed, it is generally a good idea for an employer to have an “employee handbook.” This is basically a set of written documents outlining the employer’s expectations for its employees and outlining any procedures for handling internal complaints of misconduct. Our team can assist you in drafting or reviewing such handbooks to ensure you are complying with the law.
Contact the Sconzo Law Office Today
Florida employers often run into legal trouble simply because they do not take the time to fully understand how to stay in compliance with an ever-changing set of rules. Our Palm Beach Gardens management representation attorneys can help. If you need advice on how to stay on top of the law–or you are currently dealing with an actual or potential legal action–contact the Sconzo Law Office, P.A., today to schedule a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.