Preventative Law & Proactive Counsel to Avoid Employment-based Disputes
Preventive Law includes proactive legal counsel and preventive services and training for employers and businesses focused on avoiding employment-based disputes, claims and lawsuits from arising and maintaining a healthy workplace. The workplace landscape is going through constant and rapid changes. Business owners and employers who are focused on running their business, its growth and development often don’t have the time and training to also worry about employment matters and compliance with changing laws and new regulations. Never more so than in today’s workplace is the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so relevant and true. For these reasons, investing in Preventive Law is invaluable.
Employment concerns include those arising out of contracts of all kinds: employment and independent contractor agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements (restrictive covenants), confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements, licensing agreements, buy-sell agreements, and more. Questions are raised regularly about employment handbooks, personnel manuals, company policies, email use, workplace conduct, the process of recruiting, screening, interviewing, hiring and terminating employees. Issues surface daily about discrimination, negotiation skills, diversity, harassment, retaliation, confidentiality, wage and hour laws, workers’ compensation and unemployment.
Preventive Law focuses on the drafting, reviewing and revising of all manuals, policies, written agreements, and procedures of the workplace to make sure that they accomplish what the clients want them to accomplish without having any elements or language that could cause problems for the client later. Conducting employment audits and providing the client with advice, counsel and ongoing review are all parts of Preventive Law. In addition to these, providing the types of training needed by businesses and organizations in areas like discrimination, harassment, diversity, etc. are invaluable elements of preventive law's philosophy.