Employment Policies

Employment policies serve numerous purposes in the workplace. They detail the company’s practices, outline what is expected of employees, and can be used as a defense to an administrative charge of discrimination or lawsuit.

For example, employers who have equal employment opportunity policies prohibiting discrimination or harassment in the workplace, along with a reporting mechanism for employees to inform the company of any inappropriate behavior, may be able to assert what is known as the Faragher/Ellerth defense.

In addition, policies regarding the company’s management of vacation and leave are helpful to both the employer and employees. There are no laws in Florida which mandate the amount of vacation time or paid time off that employers must offer employees – this determination is based on company policy or practice. When companies do not have a written policy setting forth parameters, then the employer’s practices may be inconsistent across the company which could lead to litigation. Therefore, it is recommended that employers have a written policy which details, among other things, the amount of time off or leave employees may utilize.

Similarly, payroll and timekeeping policies which set forth the company’s practices and requirements may be useful in a litigation. For example, if an employee claims that he or she worked off the clock, but the company has a policy which prohibits off the clock work and/or details employees’ responsibilities for recording time, then such policy may be useful to cast doubt over a plaintiff’s claim.

The lawyers at BT Law Group have extensive experience preparing employment policies, and also reviewing and updating employment policies, in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Please contact the attorneys at BT Law Group for a consultation.

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As a first step, your assigned legal team will gather and review records related to your claim, including any employment contract or offer letter, time sheets, any relevant communications, and any disciplinary actions, including performance improvement plans or termination paperwork.

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Jason D. Berkowitz is a Founding Partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Mr. Berkowitz was a Partner in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where he represented management exclusively.
Anisley Tarragona is a founding partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Ms. Tarragona worked in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where she represented management exclusively. Ms. Tarragona, who was born and raised in Cuba, is fluent in Spanish.