Hiring employees for the first time is an important milestone for any business. But if business owners aren’t careful, they can easily violate employment laws and expose themselves to lawsuits without realizing it.
One of the biggest milestones for small business owners is hiring employees. While being able to add employees to your team is a great sign -- and a great way to take some of the pressure off of your own shoulders -- it can also expose you to law violations if you are not careful.
We often hear the term “wrongful termination” used in the media and in casual conversation. You may think you know what wrongful termination means, but if your business has been accused of wrongfully terminating an employee, then you need to know the true legal definition.
Law Week Colorado recently featured an interesting story about employees’ use of personal email to send business-related messages. Today, nearly everyone has a personal email account as well as a business email account, and problems can arise when the two are used interchangeably.
Allegations of racial discrimination are something that all Colorado businesses must take extremely seriously, whether the company wants to believe the claims are true or not.
A number of law changes went into effect on January 1, 2015, a few of which are important for business owners with employees to know about. Two have to do with wage and hour law. A third involves employment discrimination.
In a lot of ways, social media has made our lives easier. But in some ways, it has made our lives more complicated, especially for employers.
In 2012, Consolidation Coal Company installed an attendance tracking system for payroll purposes at a mine in West Virginia. The system was a biometric hand scanner that creates and stores electronic information about an individual's hand geometry for purposes of future identification. Mr. Butcher, an evangelical Christian, who had worked at the mine for thirty-five (35) years, stated that his religious beliefs prohibited him from submitting to the scanning and requested a religious accommodation. Mr. Butcher gave his manager a letter explaining his beliefs about the relationship between hand scanning technology and the Mark of the Beast. As discussed in the Book of Revelation, the Bible describes, "a beast that has authority on earth during end times and forces all people, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads." (Rev. 13:16-17). Some Christians believe that technology will be used to implement the mark. Mr. Butcher proposed that the mine allow him to continue submitting his time and attendance manually as he had previously done, or that he be permitted to clock in and out with his supervisor.
Pregnancy discrimination has been a pressing issue within employment law over the past few years. Essentially, pregnancy discrimination refers to a female applicant or employee who is treated adversely because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition caused by either pregnancy or childbirth.
Non-compete agreements have been around in the business world for many years. They started as a way for businesses to protect their trade secrets, customer information and skilled workers from competing businesses.