BUSINESSTOWN Employment Law Issues You Need to Know

How to Avoid a Lawsuit When Firing an Employee

Thanks to your friends in government, you need to carefully consider any potential termination from a legal perspective. If you aren’t sure where you would stand legally should a terminated employee bring suit, then consult an attorney before you take any action against that employee. To do otherwise would be “penny wise and pound foolish.”... READ MORE

Keeping Your Hiring Practices Legal

If you think common sense is a good enough rule of thumb for keeping hiring legal, then think again! Some of the legal issues are probably not as straightforward as you may think. This is another reason why all hiring managers need to have a basic understanding of the legalities of hiring. This applies not... READ MORE

How Performance Reviews Stave off Legal Problems

The biggest job-related legal problems are often a direct result of unrealistic employment reviews. Managers often avoid conflict by failing to appraise a poor employee performance accurately and truthfully. Later, if the company fires the employee, it is easier for that employee to claim discrimination and offer his or her performance reviews as evidence of... READ MORE

Minimum Wage, Overtime & Exempt vs. Nonexempt Laws

What Is a Minimum Wage? There is a minimum wage law in most developed and developing countries. In the United States, a federal minimum wage serves as a baseline minimum for the entire country. In addition, a number of state governments have imposed higher minimum wages. There are exceptions to this law. One is the... READ MORE

IRS Contractor Guidelines Explained

An independent contractor is someone who performs a service for your business, but is not considered to be an employee by federal or state tax authorities. When you use the services of an independent contractor, you do not have to pay employer taxes, process payroll checks, and withhold employee tax shares on behalf of the... READ MORE

Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act

The United States Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers covered by this law to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for “eligible” workers. In addition, these workers must be guaranteed their original job, or an equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits, and other employment terms, upon their return to... READ MORE

Equal Opportunity Employment Laws

Employers in the U.S. are prohibited from discriminating in the hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, and any other aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, or disability. As a Small Business Owner, You Are Directly Liable for Any Discriminatory Actions During Hiring Practices Remember, your business... READ MORE