When a current or former employee raises allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, the news can be very damaging to a company, whether the allegations are true or not. Sexual harassment allegations can not only affect the reputation of a company but can also disrupt the working environment.
While volunteering at an employment law legal clinic recently a prospective client called in about a problem she was facing at work. The woman was approved for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") as a caregiver for her son but also needed to have surgery. Her employer told her that any time off for the surgery and recovery would also count against her FMLA leave and she wanted to know if that was legal.
It’s no wonder that investors from all over the country are looking for Colorado businesses to invest money in. According to a recent ranking by the national business and technology news website Business Insider, Colorado has the best economy in the nation.
On May 29, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law, Senate Bill 14-005, which is also called the Wage Protection Act. This bill authorizes the Colorado Department of Labor ("CDLE") to develop an administrative process to handle wage claim cases. Wage claim cases consist of a variety of grievances including but not limited to: violations of minimum wage laws, failure to pay overtime wages, forcing workers to work off the clock, withholding a worker's final paycheck, withholding gratuity from tipped workers, failing to provide required paid breaks or unpaid lunch periods and complete non-payment for labor performed.
A growing business is a wonderful and exciting thing. However, when business owners are ready to expand their businesses, there are many legal and financial concerns that should be addressed so that the expansion can go smoothly.
For a small business owner, there are few things as unsettling as being in a legal dispute. Whether it is with an employee, a vendor, a neighboring business or even a business partner, legal disputes can cause stress and disrupt business operations.
Last month, we wrote about how Colorado was described as one of country’s new hot spots for venture capital after venture capital professionals from across the country met with some of the state’s top entrepreneurs at the Colorado Venture Summit.