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Understanding your employees' rights

For many people, the dream of owning a business started when they were young. Perhaps they opened a lemonade stand as a child or were the ones who always wanted to be in charge of projects in school. Or they just knew they didn't want to work for someone else, punching the clock and bringing home a paycheck every Friday. Those who dream of these things often see visions in their heads of creating a cool brand, a fun logo and renting a bustling office space where everyone works busily and treats everyone else like family.

While that dream can be a reality, many business owners spend their time attending to minutia that have nothing to do with their vision. Things like instituting conduct policies, overseeing payroll and dealing with squabbles get in the way of the really fun stuff most of the time. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce those joy-killers.

It starts with understanding the type of environment you need to create as a business owner; an environment free from discrimination, safety hazards and vengeful management. With that in mind, let's look at some of the basic rights you must give your employees:

  • It must be free from harassment and discrimination. This isn't just the way you treat them, it applies to the ways employees treat one another as well.
  • It must be free from hazardous conditions and potentially dangerous substances.
  • Employees must feel that they have the right to file a complaint without fear of retaliation.
  • Workers must be paid a fair salary for the work they perform.

Of course, creating and fostering an environment that meets all these criteria is a tall order and, even in the best conditions, you will have issues. That's why it's considered a good idea to contract an employment law attorney to help in these matters.

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