Rights Protected by Employment Law
Employment law governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual employment contracts, the application of Tort and contract doctrines, and a large group of statutory regulation on issues such as the right to organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements, protection from discrimination, wages and hours, and health and safety.
Employment law protects the rights of employers and employees by setting standards of acceptable behavior. It should be a reference in all management employment decisions ranging from selecting and hiring employees, deciding whether to pay overtime, drafting an employee handbook, deciding how to deal with harassment or discrimination claims, deciding how to accommodate a disabled employee, to terminating an employee. Employment law is like a trap for the unwary, even for those with caution and common sense. Professional consultation is highly recommended.
Employment laws come from many sources.
They are based on federal and state constitutions, legislation, administrative rules, court opinions, and your individual contract with your employees (even if you do not know you have a contract with your employees).
At Beyer, Pongratz & Rosen, our attorneys who practice in our Employment Law Department are keenly aware of and monitor the constantly evolving landscape of employment and labor legislation, regulation and case law. Our advice to clients incorporates knowledge and expertise in areas of the law that are continuing to develop. We not only respond to clients but also reach out to inform clients of issues or matters that will potentially affect them. As a full-service mid-size firm, we offer a more personalized relationship with our clients than is possible at larger firms. This enables us to act quickly, efficiently and aggressively in response to all of our clients’ needs. Our goal is to learn about each of our clients’ business goals and objectives and to use this knowledge as a foundation for the counsel we provide.