Austin Texas Employment Law Attorney
Companies depend upon employees on the front line to represent the interests of their organizations and to help maximize company profits. Employees are the lifeblood of both large and small companies, and maximizing the potential of human resources is the key to success of a smart businesses. Unfortunately, the employer/employee relationship can also be a volatile one. Any breakdown can result in litigation that puts the interests of your business at risk.
Texas law provides generous protections to employees, and federal laws closely govern the relationships between workers and bosses. The Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American’s With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act all impose certain responsibilities on employers to protect and respect workers, and to refrain from discriminatory behavior. Complying with the myriad of employment laws can present challenges to businesses and it is easy to run afoul of these laws.
Austin Texas Employment Law Attorney, Mike Ross can help you to ensure your company knows applicable employment laws and take all possible affirmative steps to protect your business. As a transactional attorney, his goal is to help you prevent litigation before it starts so you can protect your company’s finances and reputation. Call today to speak with Mr. Ross and learn how he can represent your business on employment law issues.
An Experienced Employment Law Attorney To Represent You
Employers have many obligations to their employees, including workers’ compensation insurance, paying minimum wage, paying overtime and maintaining a safe work environment.
When employers fail to live up to their duties, they can face civil lawsuits. Employers can also face action from a variety of federal and state agencies, including the Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). Government agencies have the power to initiate investigations and issue citations if employers fail to follow the laws.
Some of the most complex legal requirements businesses must obey are anti-discrimination laws. It is clear that employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of a worker’s protected status, including race, religion, national origin, gender, old age or disability. However, claims can be brought against employers not only because of overt discrimination, but also because of the creation of a hostile work environment or because employment testing or requirements have a disparate impact on protected groups.
To minimize the risk of a lawsuit, companies need to carefully draft employment policies, evaluate all testing requirements to determine if there is a bona fide occupational reason for the testing, and have procedures in place that allow workers to report harassment or abusive behavior.
Austin Texas Employment Law Attorney Mike Ross can advise your business on all aspects of interacting with employees so that you can do everything possible to protect these relationships and avoid legal problems.
Austin Texas Employment Law Attorney Mike Ross has more than 30 years of legal experience representing large and small businesses. He has also served in a leadership position on international companies and technology businesses, working as a CFO and General Counsel. This background provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law issues that benefits clients seeking employment law advice.