Employee Legal Awareness Day - Feb. 13
Employee Legal Awareness Day Is February 13
If you are a business owner, Employee Legal Awareness day is for you. It is celebrated every February 13th. If you own a business and have employees, it is critical that you have a basic understanding of legal workplace issues such as:
- Discrimination - based on gender, age, pregnancy, disability
- Termination - wrongful termination situations
- Pay - overtime, minimum wage
- Workplace Safety - hazards such as poisonous materials, unsafe equipment or facilities
As a company owner or executive, any of these issues could result in a lawsuit against you and the business you represent. By knowing the state and federal laws, you may be able to avoid common workplace lawsuits.
Other workplace issues that could result in legal action are:
Social Media - disgruntled employees who post negative or threatening items about their workplace could raise legal issues
Privacy - if your company causes a data breach of personal and/or health information, you could be liable for damages
Illegal/Child Labor - there are strict laws against hiring and employing persons who are not legal citizens or aliens, as well as laws regulating child labor
With all this, where can you, a business owner or manager find accurate information to raise your employee legal awareness?
Where Can You Learn More About Legal Workplace Conditions?
One place is the Society for Human Resource Management for high level guidance on employment law, compensation, workplace immigration and employee relations.
HG.org has legal articles that range from Sexual harassment to workers compensation that can help you learn what your legal rights are vs. those of your employees.
South Carolina Labor And Employment Laws
If you own and operate a business in South Carolina, and you have employees, the South Carolina Code of Laws Title 41 Labor and Employment are the state laws you must abide by.
Some of the laws you can review are:
- Right To Work
- Child Labor
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Employment and Workforce General Provisions
- Employment And Workforce - Offenses, Penalties And Liabilities
As a business owner, you juggle many responsibilities and tasks. Even if you have a dedicated human resources manager or department, you still need to understand the basic workplace and employment laws to keep your liability to a minimum.
The South Carolina business law attorneys at the Anastopoulo Law firm are ready to help you. If you have been sued, we can review your case to determine what legal means are available for you. Call us at 800-313-2546 today.
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