Advising Employers in Miami-Dade County To Navigate & Understand the Law
The attorneys at BT Law Group are experienced employment lawyers who regularly advice employers facing personnel issues on how to prevent or minimize exposure. Some examples of management counseling include:
- Compliance Audit. The lawyers at BT Law Group have significant experience auditing the policies and practices of employers of all sizes, from mom and pop shops to fortune 500 companies, to ensure compliance with workplace laws.
- Drug-Free Workplace. Many employers mandate a drug-free workplace which, is not only generally good for business, but employers who implement a drug-free workplace which complies with the mandates of Fla. Stat. § 440.101 et seq. could receive a discount on their workers’ compensation insurance premium.
- Employment Policies. Employment policies 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.
- Handbook and Policy Review and Creation. Employee handbooks, which are also referred to as employee manuals or company policy manuals, are critical for employers of every size. Employee handbooks ensure key policies and practices are properly communicated to employees, ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and serve as a useful tool during litigation.
- Internal Investigations. Employers are required to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. When an employee makes a complaint of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or a violation of any law, an employer has a legal obligation to promptly investigate the complaint and to take any appropriate remedial measures.
- New Employer Guide. Anyone starting a new business knows that it can be a daunting task to make a new business successful. What most people do not think about are the enormous legal pitfalls and risks that await an unsuspecting employer.
- Performance Management. Employers should always document disciplinary and performance issues. Without a documentary record of these issues, it becomes more difficult for employers to establish defenses to a potential claim of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation from an employee.
- Posting Requirements. All Florida businesses must post specific federal and State of Florida posters so that they can be readily seen by employees.
- Workplace Training. The attorneys at BT Law Group regularly provide training to management and non-management employees on a wide variety of employment law topics, for example, employee misclassifications, the company’s equal employment opportunity policies, sexual harassment, religious and disability accommodations, performance management, leave requests, managing an evolving workforce, and wage and hour issues.
- Reductions in Force. Dire economic conditions or loss of contracts sometimes require that employers make reductions in force, commonly referred to as a “RIF.” Such reductions may trigger unexpected consequences for employers, such as disparate impact claims, if a group of employees who are members of the same protected category, is affected at a higher statistical rate than a different group.
- Mass Layoffs (WARN Act). The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, 29 U.S.C. § 2101 et seq. (the “WARN Act”), is a federal law that requires covered employers to provide advance notice of at least 60 calendar days prior to any plant closing or mass layoff. The failure to comply with the WARN Act’s requirements can expose an employer to significant risk.