If you own a business, your success or failure often depends on the people you hire to work for your company. But there are a number of employee-related factors that can derail your business goals if you don’t handle them properly. That’s why it’s important for you to consult with an experienced business lawyer to help you understand your exposure.
And you can take precautions to minimize these factors by ensuring that you create employee documents that can help protect your business. The business lawyers at the Law Office of Todd M. Kurland, P.A., believe that there are three documents all business owners should get their employees to sign.
Employee Documents Business Owners Should Create
There are multiple employee documents that a business owner should have on file with employee signatures, but three of the most important include:
- Offer Letters – Offer letters detail the specific job that is being offered, the job duties and responsibilities, and the salary or hourly wage. Offer letters are especially important if the position you’re offering includes incentives, or if compensation includes bonuses or additional vacation time beyond the standard two weeks. Offer letters can also confirm that the position you’re offering is ‘at-will,’ which means you can terminate an employee for any reason that doesn’t violate the standards of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- Employee Discipline Documents – In some instances, you may have to discipline an employee for something that violated company policy. It’s very important that you document any disciplinary action you took and detail why the action was taken. This can protect your company if the employee continually requires discipline that eventually leads to termination.
- Employee Reviews – Employee reviews are important documents for workers to sign, because they not only detail what type of salary raises an employee has earned, but also how an employee’s performance has declined, stagnated or improved over a period of time. Reviews also give your workers the chance to dispute any aspect of the review they find objectionable, so that this is on record. Employee review documents are also essential if you run a company in which there are performance benchmarks that tie into salary increases.
There are many types of contracts that a business lawyer will advise you to create, but employee documents are among the most important for the longevity and success of your company.
Call a Business Lawyer Before You Prepare Your Employee Documents
Running a small business is fraught with anxiety and challenges, but one of the problems you want to avoid is violating any of the state and federal laws related to employee rights. That’s why it’s so important that you consult with an experienced business lawyer so you know the employee documents that are vital to legal compliance. The Law Office of Todd M. Kurland, P.A., has the track record to help you with all your business legal needs. Please call us today at 561-693-4514 to schedule a free consultation.