As a business owner, fostering great professional relationships with your employees helps everyone accomplish their goals. While some situations are unavoidable, there are steps you can take to avoid legal issues and improve your workplace overall.
The following strategies help reduce your likelihood of running into legal conflicts with employees.
1. Establish clear company policies
Set expectations from day one between your company and employees with clear policies. Create a solid company handbook that each employee agrees to follow and has access to.
2. Keep good records
Unfortunately, every business must occasionally deal with employees needing disciplinary action. Protect yourself by clearly documenting any incidents or performance issues that may lead to conflict with your employees.
3. Take avoiding harassment or discrimination seriously
Whether you notice something or an employee comes to you with a concern, you should pay careful attention to complaints concerning potential harassment or discrimination. Promote a respectful and friendly workplace and take action early when issues arise.
4. Understand and comply with the law
Make sure you stay aware of employment laws and rights in Connecticut. Acting in accordance with the law remains important during the entirety of an employee’s time at your company. If you find yourself in a situation where you must let an employee go, following the proper process protects you from serious legal consequences.
Keep the line of communication open
At the end of the day, most of the advice for avoiding legal issues as an employer boils down to having a clear line of communication between yourself and your employees. Make sure employees know who they can reach out to for help and keep great internal records of any concerns.