Labor & EmploymentWhat people do for a living is one of the most singularly important things about them. Many people work more than they sleep. Not only does work provide for a person's economic well-being, it also provides an important social vehicle and a primary means of establishing one's self-esteem and value in society.
When a startup company hires its first employee, it has taken a very big step -- bigger than the principals of the company might realize. For a business to hire an employee is the equivalent of a teenager becoming an adult. There are many legal issues that arise when employees are brought onboard -- although in the long run, these are "good problems" for a new business to have because it means the businesses are growing and becoming more profitable. Some of the issues that we can help guide employers through this process are:
- Workers' Compensation
- Problems with the Labor Board
- Employees and "Independent Contractors"
- Disabled Employees
- Harassment and Discrimination