The employment relationship is one of the most complicated areas of the law since there are laws, rules, and regulations that govern the entire employment relationship from the formation through the termination of the relationship and beyond. Federal, state, and local laws impose restrictions on advertising, job applications, interviewing, medical examinations, background checks, and other factors involved in the formation of the employment relationship. During the employment relationship, there are federal, state, and local laws that govern how employees must be treated, what accommodations must be provided to employees, when employees can be disciplined and discharged, what inquiries can be made about an employee's medical or other status, what leaves of absence have to be provided for employees, and other matters. These same laws, rules, and regulations, and some others, also govern separation of an employee from the employer.
Our attorneys can help to identify risks, minimize legal liability, and to comply with this complex area. Our goal is to provide clients with enough knowledge to be able to comply with the law in their practices, policies, and procedures based on the advice we have given. We work collaboratively with employers to minimize risk, create a fair and consistent working environment, and comply with the law.
We regularly review job advertisements, employment applications, interviewing processes and procedures, post-offer pre-employment medical examination questions and examinations, background check inquiries, and related matters. We also review employee handbooks, policies and procedures for compliance with applicable law. We try to apply our practical experience to avoid problems before they occur. We regularly provide advice to employers on how to handle the complex area of granting leaves of absence, providing reasonable accommodations, and managing the employment relationship. We advise employers on how to effectively implement discipline and discharge so as to limit risk and comply with applicable law.