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March 2013 Archives

Employers: Do You Know Enough About Employment Contracts?

On the surface, it might seem like all employment contracts look the same.

But they're not all the same. And depending on the situation in front of you and the type of person you're hiring, you might find yourself in a position where you need to have different contracts for different people.

Now, there's nothing wrong with using a template for your contracts. But at times, those contracts may need to be tweaked here and there.

How to Handle Employee Investigations

How should you, as an employer, handle employee investigations into harassment or discrimination?

Discrimination and harassment complaints are a huge headache for employers. Nobody likes an employment lawsuit, and nobody likes dealing with allegations of discrimination.

But when an employee complains about discrimination, you'd better take that complaint seriously. If you don't, you could find yourself in a tight spot, legally speaking.

Employee Lawsuits: Should You Settle?

How should a company respond to an employee lawsuit? If faced with a lawsuit, should the company just settle out of court? Or is it worth it to proceed with litigation?

There's no set answer for that and as with anything, the answer depends on the facts and circumstances of the case.

In general, people shy away from costly litigation. So there is a general notion that settlement is better than a long drawn-out battle in court. Not all would agree, however.