The fact remains that litigation can occur at any time, most often without warning. Employers who are not prepared for this could face expensive and embarrassing consequences as a result of a lawsuit.
To protect themselves, organizations should keep in mind the following tips to avoid employment-related liability:
- Review and update your employee handbook. In the event of legal action, outdated employee guidance can create inconsistencies with your policies, which can look bad during a lawsuit.
- Train supervisors and managers so they know how to respond in certain situations—particularly if workplace harassment is reported or observed.
- Review your exit interview process to ensure they are conducted in a fair manner and are designed to gather vital information related to turnover and workplace culture.
- Conduct wage audits and conduct performance evaluations to ensure that employees feel valued and that you have a system in place to provide fair compensation.
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