What is the impact of employer policies and procedures on wage and hour disputes and how does this reduce litigation and increase profitability? There has never been a point in time where San Diego employers have been exposed to a more rapidly changing landscape both in terms of changes to federal, state and local employment laws combined with a sharp increase in employee related litigation. Wage and hour disputes including allegations of unpaid overtime have significantly increased over the past few years. How can a San Diego employer protect themselves and prevent exposure and litigation?
One are of focus is employer policies and procedures manuals, and the practices of your company management team. The “lawyers for employers” at the Watkins Firm help our customers to stay abreast of changing employment laws, while tightening internal documentation and practices to further reduce exposure to employee related disputes and lawsuits. There are several legal documents that work hand-in-hand to reduce employer exposure including:
- Employment contracts
- Employee handbooks
- Policy and procedure manuals
- Disciplinary process and documentation manuals
- Time cards and time reporting format
Policy and procedure manuals are the core of this strategy. The impact of employer policies and procedure manuals on wage and hour disputes cannot be overstated. These cases are about documentation, and the consistent (and legal) application of federal, state and local employment laws by employers and company management. This extends to all communications including emails and texts, as well as access to company systems after hours, and enforcement of break and meal time regulations. The policies and procedures manual informs each step of the process, from hiring, training, and ongoing management, through disciplinary and termination activities.
Are you an employer who is interested in reducing your exposure to expensive and time consuming employment and wage and hour litigation? We invite you to contact us for a free and substantive consultation at 858-535-1511.