Olympia Lawyer Helping Washington Businesses With Employee Related Issues
Running a company is difficult. This difficulty is magnified once a company brings on employees. Dealing with workers means having to follow additional regulations, having to deal with human resource issues, and making sure that employees understand and adhere to their responsibilities. It is, unfortunately, not uncommon for disputes to arise over the conduct of current and former employees. By having proper employee policies, procedures, and guidelines in place you can reduce such disputes when it comes to your company. Hiring a business law attorney who is familiar with employee related issues is important to preventing your company from becoming distracted by such issues. Ben Cushman is an Olympia lawyer who has been serving our community since 1996. Ben helps small and medium sized businesses with many employee related matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Tacoma and other parts of Washington.
Olympia attorney assisting with the drafting of employee contracts and other important documents
There are many ways in which disputes can arise between a company and one of its workers. There may be a dispute as to whether the worker was an employee or an independent contractor. There may also be disagreements over sick leave or paid time off, worker’s compensation, either parties’ responsibilities, and the extent to which the employee was was required to keep company information confidential. Properly drafted employee contracts and policies can help clarify the parties’ responsibilities. This, in turn, can help to prevent future disputes. Documents which a company should typically utilize in the management of its workers include:
- Employee contracts
- Independent contractor agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Confidentiality agreements
- Employee handbooks
When preparing such documents it is important that they be drafted in a way which envisions as many scenarios as possible. These documents must also be drafted in a way that is clear and easy for the employee to understand. An experienced lawyer can help with such issues.
Ben Cushman is an Olympia business law attorney who helps small and medium sized business in their dealings with employees and other workers. Ben will use your initial consultation to learn more about your business and the role of its workers. He will analyze any existing contracts or documents which you may already be using. Ben will then work with you to identify as many potentially troublesome situations as possible. Our firm can draft fresh contracts, agreements, and policy manuals so that you are as protected as possible against claims of wrongful termination, the misclassification of contractors, the leaking of trade secrets, and claims for unemployment. We will help you with revising your documents as necessary and in making sure that your future needs are being anticipated. This will allow you to focus your time on running your business. Contact us today for assistance.
Proactive Washington lawyer helping Olympia and Tacoma businesses with their employees
The best way to deal with problems is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. This idea remains true when it comes to a business’ workers. By having clear policies, procedures, and agreements in place an entrepreneur can prevent many future disputes. Ben is proactive in making sure that your company has such safeguards in place. Ben keeps himself up to date as to labor laws, regulations, and workplace requirements. He will make changes to employment related documents as needed and he informs his clients of any changes in applicable labor laws. Ben takes pride in the level of service our firm provides. We promise this level of service to each of our clients.
In addition to Olympia, our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cites of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.