Most of the profit your company hopes to earn will be a direct result of the work done by your employees, making your staff one of your most important assets. Sadly, your staff is a source of liability as well as a source of profit.
Workers can get hurt on the job due to their own mistakes and then make expensive claims against your workers’ compensation policy. They could violate the law and endanger your contracts or even the company’s professional licensing or insurance. They might engage in harassment or mistreatment of their coworkers that results in a major financial claim against your company.
As an employer, you have obligations to your workers and plenty of risks that come from hiring people. Have you recently done a risk assessment for your company to see if there are ways to reduce your potential liability as an employer?
When was the last time you updated your employment contracts?
Employment expectations and culture change over time. What was once appropriate and acceptable might now seem outdated or even defensive to modern workers. Issues you never dreamed of could go unaddressed and leave you vulnerable.
If it has been a long time since your company reviewed and updated its employment contracts, that might be a first step toward reducing your overall risk for employment-related claims.
Do you need to develop, expand or modernize an employee handbook?
A good employee handbook will reduce some of your legal risks by defining employment responsibilities and creating accountability systems for both job performance and discrimination. From creating a reporting system for harassment or discrimination claims to training workers about their job responsibilities and applicable laws, your handbook can be a critical resource.
If you don’t currently have an employee handbook or if it is old enough that you don’t have social media rules in it, it is probably time to review what you use for training your employees and upgrade it so that it maximizes your protection.
Partnering with a lawyer when reviewing employment contracts and employee guide books can be a wise decision. Not only can a lawyer help you tweak the language that you use, but they can also advise you of oversights that might leave you vulnerable in your current employment paperwork.