Read This Blog so Texas Employment Law Issues Don’t Surprise You

Read This Blog so Texas Employment Law Issues Don’t Surprise You

Read This Blog so Texas Employment Law Issues Don’t Surprise You

There’s a reason for the adage, “Employees are the lifeblood of every company.” Owners, executives, and managers all understand that employees are vital to a company’s success. Happy employees sustain growth and drive innovation. Likewise, an employee dispute or lawsuit can wreak havoc on a company’s reputation and expose it to liability.

Of course, no one wants to think about a significant issue with an employee or ex-employee, especially if you have known that person for a long time and valued their contribution to your company. It’s all too easy to assume that you will always be able to discuss matters without getting lawyers involved—until lawyers get involved, that is. The truth is you should never plan on employment issues never arising or working themselves out.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why you should retain legal counsel to help you navigate employment law issues before your company faces any disputes. Specifically, legal counsel can:

1. Help you create straightforward policies and procedures

Employers can avoid many employee disputes by putting policies and procedures in place. By laying out rules concerning conduct, roles and responsibilities, and employee rights, a company educates its workforce and makes clear its expectations. An attorney can help you research, design, and inform your employees about the workplace rules and guidelines. An attorney can also assist in creating employee training programs. 

Legal counsel can also review your existing policies, such as interview conduct as well as procedures for terminating employment. Counsel can also help you create performance assessment systems, parental leave rules, and harassment and discrimination policies, among many others. Counsel will also identify potential issues you may not have considered. 

2. Draft and review employee agreements

Again, employers should preempt employment issues at the first opportunity instead of waiting for something to go wrong. Whatever your business’s needs, legal counsel can prove invaluable in drafting complex employee agreements, especially where it concerns employment contracts, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and severance packages.

As with any agreement, spending the time and effort upfront to create well-written contracts with precise and enforceable language will provide long-term stability for your company. These contracts will also protect your company’s business interests and shield you from costly yet avoidable lawsuits.

3. Guide you through labor and employment law compliance 

In addition to workplace policies and employment contracts, your company faces many legal obligations as an employer. Depending on the nature of your business, your responsibilities could range from complying with state safety laws to reporting employee wages and paying unemployment tax. Additionally, your company’s legal structure will dictate the forms you need for reporting taxes associated with your employer status.

An experienced attorney familiar with your business and your employees will guide you through all the red tape. Not only will your business have avoided running afoul of state and federal laws, but your employees will be happier as well. 

In this day and age, it’s more important than ever that employers critically evaluate their employment policies, procedures, agreements, and compliance. While treating employees well can help companies avoid litigation, it can also increase productivity, boost morale, and improve the company’s reputation as a responsible business attractive to both potential employees and interested investors.

Has your business done everything it can to guarantee employee treatment and protect against future disputes? Have you been caught off-guard with an employee complaint? Don’t wait until your reputation is on the line. To learn more about how legal counsel can help your employment policies and procedures, schedule a consultation.

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