Labor laws and workplace regulations are subject to constant change at the federal, state, and industry-specific level. There are several government and private entities that can conduct compliance audits of businesses in the private sector. As a business owner, you can be penalized for non-compliance, even if you are unaware of a change in labor law. We can help you stay informed of your industry’s workplace regulations so that you can maintain compliance and avoid penalties and/or litigation.
Maintaining Lawful Business Practices
The purpose of compliance audits is to ensure that businesses are operating legally. In order for a company to maintain lawful business practices, both the owner and his or her employees must follow labor and other laws specific to their industry. Businesses are particularly vulnerable during a compliance audit because it can be held accountable for infractions committed by employees. It is not enough to follow workplace regulations yourself – you must also take every possible measure to ensure that your employees do the same.
The creation of the minimum wage and the eight hour work day are a result of early labor law cases. Now there are regulations regarding other issues including worker classification, rest and meal breaks, recordkeeping, healthcare, maternity leave, and harassment, to name a few. Despite the ongoing expansion of workplace regulation topics, the majority of compliance issues are still related to wage and hour laws. Several examples of wage and hour law infractions are
- Errors in recordkeeping
- Misclassification of exempt vs. non-exempt employees
- Failure to pay overtime
- Failure to provide for rest and meal breaks
- Use of “use it or lose it” vacation/PTO policies
Like many states, California maintains its own unique regulations for classifying exempt and non-exempt employees. Our attorneys will help you stay informed on managerial classification rules so that you can avoid wage and hour law disputes.
Our experienced labor law attorneys can help you ensure that your business and your employees follow all applicable labor laws by providing you with educational materials and on-site training. Most incidents of non-compliance are the result of misinformation, not deliberate disregard for the rules.
Avoiding Litigation through Education and Training
The experienced labor law attorneys at Jordan Law Group are always available to provide advice and counsel during compliance audits. We also encourage our clients to take a proactive approach to compliance in the workplace. We offer on-site training for clients who want to ensure that they and their employees stay informed on current labor laws. Our training is designed to help prevent labor law disputes and can cover any of the following topics:
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- State wage and hour laws
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
We can also create compliant handbooks for you and your employees so that important information is always at your fingertips.
Contact us at 415-459-9865 for a free case evaluation!