Most Indiana business owners understand the importance of compliance with federal and state employment laws. Failure to comply can lead to some undesirable consequences, including investigations, potential fines or an expensive employment lawsuit.
There are a number of employment laws that business owners and managers need to be aware of. These include anti-discrimination laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act among others. In addition, employers may be at risk of being the target of a variety of different types of employment claims, including sexual harassment claims, retaliation claims, wrongful termination claims, disability discrimination claims and age discrimination claims.
For employers, understanding the obligations imposed on them by the various employment laws is critical. Many employers have found that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. Employers need to be aware of their obligations to provide reasonable accommodation for disabled employees under the ADA, to train management and employees in sexual harassment issues and to conduct hiring and termination properly. Employers need to understand how to draft noncompete agreements and how to organize payroll and timekeeping systems.
Fighting an employment lawsuit can be a costly undertaking. At Carson LLP, we believe in helping employers deal with potential employment litigation by helping them understand their rights and obligations under state and federal law. We understand the challenges faced by large and small employers in Indiana, and we are committed to providing advice and solutions tailored to each client’s unique needs.