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Business owners: Are you in compliance with the FLSA?

Prospective business owners and employers across Maryland may see these positions as a lucrative career move. Instead of working for someone else, they can be their own boss and run a business how they see fit.

It is important to remember that being an employer comes with some very real challenges in terms of operating a successful business. For example, once a business is started, an employer will need to be focused on complying with state and federal wage and hour laws. If you are considering starting a business or are looking to expand an existing one, it can be essential that you are aware of and adhere to the rules established by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

What groups are protected from workplace discrimination?

Experienced business owners likely have a fairly good grasp of the employment laws with which they must comply. New employers and entrepreneurs, on the other hand, may not. But no matter how long you have been in business, there may come a time when you find yourself facing a legal claim from an employee.

One such claim that may be filed is one stemming from discrimination allegations. Discrimination is a particularly visible offense, meaning that accusations are easily publicized and the reputation and success of a company can quickly come under fire. In order to avoid this, employers may want to be sure they understand who is protected from workplace discrimination in the U.S.

What employers should know about non-compete agreements

Protecting the best interests of a company can be a volatile process. Business owners need to balance developing and enforcing practices that do not violate employees' rights with establishing processes that benefit the business. In some cases, employers make mistakes that put them in an unfavorable light.

In order to avoid the consequences of negative business decisions, it is important for employers to make sure they are in compliance with the laws and review their employment practices with a legal representative. One of the common sources of tension is employment contacts, including non-competition agreements. Understanding how these contracts should be prepared can be crucial in avoiding lawsuits and negative publicity.

Yahoo makes risky move in response to harassment lawsuit

When a company is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit, its reputation may be on the line. Determining the best course of action in terms of responding to the lawsuit can be critical, especially for large corporations that are already in the public eye.

This was the challenge that Yahoo faced when a senior director of engineering at the Internet corporation was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit. She was accused of getting into an employee's bed, making sexual advances and then threatening the employee's job if her advances were rebuffed. In response to the lawsuit, Yahoo made a surprising and aggressive move.

Company named in pregnancy discrimination complaint

Workplace discrimination is something that employers generally go to great lengths to avoid. There may be no intent to violate the rights of any particular person or group, but employees can still experience discrimination and they have the right to take legal action.

However, employers have the right to defend against these claims. Defending against these claims can be a fairly sensitive process, as it requires employers to explain employment decisions without minimizing the issue of discrimination. In many cases, news about alleged discrimination is biased against an employer so responding to the claim can be tricky situation.

Legal support can help protect your business at any stage

Every business owner in Maryland and Washington, D.C. has likely put considerable energy, time and resources into their business. It's certainly not easy, even when you have a good product or service. There are challenges and obstacles that can put the success of a company in jeopardy, whether it's starting up, growing or running at full tilt. 

Protecting a business from costly errors is a top priority for many of you who own or run companies of any size. One bad decision or oversight could end up setting the progress of a business back significantly. This is why employment law firms and attorneys can be such vital resources. Attorneys familiar with employment laws can help business owners avoid these errors or deal with the repercussions in the most efficient and effective manner.

LinkedIn agrees to settlement for unpaid overtime, back wages

When we read about certain employment violations, it can be easy to get the wrong idea. For instance, reading about a company that has failed to compensate employees properly might lead some people to believe that the failure was intentional or malicious; that the company intended to shortchange employees.

However, that is certainly not always the case. In many situations, any purported wage violations are unintentional and an unfortunate result of an inadequate system, especially as companies grow, change and adopt more complex employment structures. 

When is a termination considered wrongful?

Getting fired can be a devastating experience for an employee, but firing an employee can also be a difficult decision for an employer to make. It is a decision that is generally not made lightly. An employer may have to let someone go based on the employee's behavior or performance, or it may be necessary based on the best interests of the company.

Because a termination can be so upsetting, it is not uncommon for an employee to disagree with an employer's decision. In many cases, workers may feel as though they are the victims of a wrongful termination and decide to pursue a claim against the employer. In these situations, it can be crucial for all parties to understand the difference between a lawful and unlawful termination.

Not all claims of sexual harassment legally actionable

There are employers across Maryland who take workplace behaviors very seriously. They do whatever they can to provide a safe and fair work environment for every employee. However, even these employers can end up facing allegations of serious violations including sexual harassment. But it is important to remember that not every claim is legally actionable.

People do not always understand what exactly sexual harassment is or if they can in fact take legal action against an employer. Whenever the issue comes up, employees and employers can be confused about what rights are in place to protect both the alleged victims and the alleged perpetrators.

Maryland employers: Are your employment practices discriminatory?

Discrimination in the workplace is something that every person probably thinks they understand. However, there are many misconceptions on the issues. For example, people might think that if a woman gets hired for a job instead of a man, it is automatically considered discrimination. Or they believe that someone of a certain age or race cannot be fired. 

These scenarios are not necessarily discriminatory at face value; but if employment practices effectively treat some applicants or workers better than others, it could be considered discrimination. In the scenarios mentioned above, employers could face serious consequences if they only seek and hire females or if the decision to fire someone is based on age and not his or her job performance.

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