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Avoiding Employment-Related Liability

Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo is your go-to law firm when it comes to all of your business needs. As a business owner you will want to protect yourself from ending up in an unnecessary lawsuit regarding employment-related liability. We have gathered some tips for you to try as you are protecting your business from entering any unexpected lawsuits. 

 

Update your Employee Handbooks

Whether your business is big or small, you may want to provide your employees with a handbook. These handbooks will give your employee insight to how your company works as well as what laws and rights they have as an employee working for your company. Take the time to routinely review and update your employee handbook to make sure all the current laws are accurate. This will protect your company from any lawsuits due to a disgruntled employee. 

 

Update your New-Hire Paperwork

One thing you don’t want to do is have legality issues from the start with your new employee. Make sure all aspects and forms of your new-hire paperwork are up to date with the current laws and policies. It is especially important to double check your I-9 forms. Always have the most recent version of the I-9 form for your new hires to fill out. 

 

Give Proper Training

The best way to reduce the amount of employee related issues is by giving them the proper training. This is especially important when it comes to your supervisors and managers. They are the ones who will be dealing with the larger issues that may arise during your average working day. Under federal and state law, employers can be held strictly liable for the conduct of any individual they place in a supervisory position, even if the individual acts contrary to the employer's policies. Having regular trainings held for those in these positions will keep you and your business safe from employee-related liabilities. 

 

Review your Policies and Procedures

Just like your employee hand book you will want to revisit your posted policies and procedures within your company. Make sure they are easy to understand and can’t become misinterpreted. See that all aspect of your business are covered so there is no confusion regarding how something should be handled within your company. It may even be a good idea to go over the changes and updates with all of your employees regularly. 

 

As a business owner you will want to make sure your business is protected in all aspect, including disgruntled employees. By following the steps above and seeking the legal advice from the lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo you can have peace of mind knowing you are protected. Call us today to learn more about the legalities you should be aware of regarding your business. 

Dealing with Suspected Fraud

 

Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo prides itself on having knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help you with all of the legalities of your business. One situation you need to keep an eye out for when it comes to your business is the possibility of fraud. Nothing is worse than suspecting a fellow employee of stealing from the company they work for. Below are some steps you should consider taking if your suspect fraud within your company. 

 

Remain Calm

If you suspect someone of fraud within your company the first reaction you might have is to confront them. This will harm you rather than help you in the long run. Instead you need to remain calm and take the time to gather sufficient evidence to support your suspicion. Working with legal experts like the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help you with all the legalities of dealing with a potential fraud case within your company. It is always wise to consult an outside source and gather information before acting on the situation. 

 

Do Something, Quietly

The worst thing you can do is pretend like nothing happened. This will give the person who is committing the fraud a green light to go ahead and do it whenever he or she pleases. It is also important to remember not to do anything until you have the proper evidence on your side. Acting without proof can result in a wrongful termination lawsuit. While you are gathering evidence of the suspected fraud you will want to do so quietly. If the person committing the fraud becomes aware of the investigation they might go to great lengths to destroy any and all evidence. 

 

Keep Track of your Finances

As you should be doing already, you should have a reliable record of your finances. This is the hard evidence you can use to determine if there is fraud taking place within your business. Keep clean copies of all of your payroll, expenses, and bookkeeping records. 

 

Make Positive Changes

After you have settled the situation of suspected fraud you will want to make sure to make positive changes in your company to make sure this situation doesn’t arise again. Make sure all of the internal aspects of your company are protected against any fraud occurring in the future. Lead by example and let your employees know the importance of having a fraud free company. 

 

Being a victim of fraud can be stressful. Especially when it comes to dealing with the legalities of the situation and dealing with the employee committing the fraud. The attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help your through this process and give you the advice you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.

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