Many emerging businesses in Richmond may not be at the point where they can have a robust human resources staff supported by in-house counsel.
Still, these businesses obviously have employees, and thus, must follow all applicable local, state, and federal employment laws.
As they grow, they may reach a size in which they have to be sure to comply with certain laws which do not cover smaller businesses.
Virginia businesses need a comprehensive strategy for following employment laws
Employment is a network of different laws which cover a variety of issues including discrimination, harassment, termination, health care, leave, the payment of wages, overtime and the like.
Additionally, some employers may rely on unionized employees or employ workers who are seeking to unionize. These employers will need to understand collective bargaining and labor law.
Finally, a private employer may from time to time use employment contracts, including severance agreements and non-compete agreements, as part of their business strategy.
In order to operate a smooth and profitable business, avoid litigation or regulatory issues and retain or attract talented workers, a business will need to have a good understanding of this complex area of the law and know how to apply it in their activities.
When an employment dispute develops, a business may need representation
Even with the best planning and strategy, though, sometimes a company will nonetheless have an issue arise with respect to how an employee was treated.
For example, the company may need to internally investigate a sexual harassment or other hostile environment issue.
Sometimes, a company that strives to follow the law will still face a lawsuit from a disgruntled employee or a regulatory investigation. In such situations, it is important to have skilled legal representation.