Since today's post is my first official post at the Legal Workplace Blog, I thought I'd provide all of my new readers a quick introduction about who I am, why I do what I do, and what I hope this blog will accomplish.
I am a-side labor and employment employment lawyer.
I am not so naive as to think that businesses only fire people for good reasons.Â Companies fire people for lots of reasonsâ€”good, indifferent, and unlawfulÂ reasons alike. In a perfect world, discrimination, retaliation, and harassmentÂ would not exist. But they do, and companies, even those with the best ofÂ intentions, run afoul of the complexities of our myriad employment laws.Â Every lawsuit, administrative charge, and internal complaint is an opportunityÂ for a company to learn from a mistake, whether legal or interpersonal. It is anÂ opportunity to train employers how to handle an employee relation problemÂ better the next time.
In a perfect world, I would never get a call that a client has been sued. In aÂ perfect world, companies would call me once a year to give their humanÂ resources practices a full review for compliance with the latest and greatestÂ laws and court decisions. In a perfect world, companies would budget forÂ proactive, preventative help and understand that a small amount of legal feesÂ spent upfront would save a mess of headaches and a huge legal bill later.
Life, however, is far from perfect, and I often only receive calls after theÂ summons arrives. While I love the thrill of the battle that litigation presents,Â it is the satisfaction I get from helping clients fix their problems so that theyÂ get it right the next time that motivates me to do my job every day.
This blog will explore the nature of the relationship between an employer andÂ its employees. It will be a jumping-off point for your company's owners, human resources personnel, managers, and supervisorsÂ to know where to start a conversation with your legal counsel when theseÂ issues arise. Hopefully,Â it will leave you more informed about the mostÂ important relationship people have besides that with their families, and, inÂ many cases, Godâ€”the relationship between a worker and the people forÂ whom he or she works.
This post isÂ excerpted from the The Employer Bill of Rights (Apress: 2012), xi-xii.
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