Employers are subject to a diverse and ever-evolving array of state and federal employment statutes and regulations, and ensuring compliance can be a stressful, expensive proposition, particularly for smaller entities.
We regularly counsel businesses on their obligations under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, among others. We work with clients across multiple industries to provide effective employee handbooks and ongoing training, with the goal of maximizing compliance and stability and minimizing disruptions and risk. With our monthly flat-fee approach, we encourage human resources staff to call us rather than to make a decision based on uncertainties.
Virginia is an at-will employment state, which allows employers to terminate employees (and allows employees to quit their jobs) with no notice and no reason so long as applicable discrimination statutes are not violated. While this flexibility can be beneficial, there are many advantages – both for an organization and its executives – to having written employment agreements for top managers.
In addition to laying out perks and benefits in a clear manner, employment agreements will spell out the circumstances under which an employment relationship can be terminated by either side. From required notice to the amount of severance owed to the departing employee, executive employment agreements help to ensure that everyone is on the same page, particularly when the time comes for a difficult transition. Our attorneys have years of experience drafting and litigating these agreements for employers and executives, and we know where typical problems lie and how they can be avoided.
Employee Handbooks and Training
A comprehensive, up-to-date employee handbook can be your business’s best defense against unemployment claims and other disputes, including discrimination claims. But a patchy, out-of-date handbook that does not reflect your current practices can be a costly headache and prevent you from dealing with problems quickly and effectively.
Similarly, for an organization operating in today’s business climate, there is no substitute for developing and implementing a regular program of training for employees, including managers. From spotting and preventing inappropriate behaviors to understanding the best techniques for correcting performance, businesses can always strengthen and refine their HR practices.
We have significant experience drafting and revising handbooks and providing relevant, practical training for employers across a variety of sectors, and our innovative pricing structure makes this an affordable option for businesses of all sizes.
Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Termination
Unfortunately, many employment relationships end with an employee believing that an employer has engaged in illegal discrimination, and it is critical to work with an attorney who can help you to understand how this evolving area of the law applies to your particular situation. Unlike many firms, we represent a mix of employees and employers, and we use the knowledge learned from our diverse experience to assist our clients in every matter.
For many, the process by which the Virginia Employment Commission determines whether a former employee receives unemployment benefits is a mystery. Whether you are a business that is opposing the granting of benefits or a recently separated employee who may be entitled to benefits, our attorneys have years of experience navigating this process and can guide you or your business through each step.