Ep.62: [Unscripted Back-Up] Employment Law: The Good, Bad and Downright Scary, with Jen Cornell – PowerTips Unscripted
We’re introducing a new feature — the Unscripted Back-Up. It’s a chance to revisit some of our best and most informative episodes. They’re jam-packed with information you can use — so if you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to catch up.
In this episode, we revisit the good, bad, and downright scary elements hidden in employment law. If you’re like most business owners, you don’t think about employment law until you’re faced with a complaint or potential lawsuit from a current or former employee. It’s inevitable … as you add employees and grow your company, the likelihood of facing a legal employment issue will increase as well.
When it comes to hiring, terminating, and disciplining members of your team, there’ s so much to know and keep track of. You not only have state or territory regulations, but federal as well.
Our guest this week will tell you that any time you run into a legal situation regarding an employee, the best course of action is to consult an expert — and that’s just what we did for Episode 11.
Guest Jen Cornell is an attorney who represents companies in litigation involving employees, including lawsuits, charges brought to government agencies, and investigations from government auditors.
Jen also specializes in preventive workplace audits and policy implementation, such as preparing employee handbooks, wage and hour audits, and immigration compliance.
Victoria, Mark and Jen uncovered so many different aspects of employment law in this episode, including:
- Protecting your company from hourly disputes, lawsuits
- Timeframes to consider (2-3 years of records), and penalties applied
- Dealing with independent contractors transitioning to employees
- How laws apply to locations (job-site, company location, and residency)
- Payment of employees, pay periods, minimum wages
- How to handle discrimination complaints from current or ex-employees
- Responding to charges from government agencies and document storage
- Handling terminations and disciplinary issues the proper way
- Importance of Employee handbooks and policies in place
Don’t wait until you get that notice in the mail — listen to this episode and get familiar with some of the issues that may arise and derail the success you worked so hard for.