Employment Law: Employer

  • Employee Handbooks
  • Offer Letters and Severance Agreements
  • Non-competition, Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Wage and Hour Law Violations

Employee Handbooks

Communicating effectively with every employee from the beginning of their employment is the simplest way to prevent litigation in the area of employment law. A portion of that communication may be delivered through an employment handbook or other documents that make employer expectations clear. An employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can help you formulate these documents or review your current company procedures and policies.

The team at Morton McGoldrick has experience preparing and reviewing employment handbooks, job descriptions, social media policies, drug and alcohol policies, and more. Enforceable documentation can support employer protection and act as a preventative method against potential employment claims.

Offer Letters and Severance Agreements

An employment law attorney can aid in the creation of your employment agreements. The help of an employment law attorney is particularly useful during an employee termination. Employers often seek to finalize employment through a severance agreement. These regularly contain a “release.” These documents offer the employer protection against later employment-related claims by the employee. If your  Puyallup business needs assistance in these areas, the employment law attorneys at Morton McGoldrick have experience designing these agreements so employers can limit the risk of claims following termination.

Non-competition, Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements

It is essential for employers to protect trade secrets like customer lists. Common law does impose a duty of loyalty on all employees. Spelling out what is considered a trade secret and confidential information at the beginning of employment is a best practice. With the aid of an employment law attorney, Puyallup and Pierce County business owners can protect their assets with deliberately worded and legally binding confidentiality agreements. These are formulated to protect customer lists and trade secret information in addition to non-competition agreements and non-solicitation agreements designed to inhibit employees from taking co-workers or customers to a competitor.

Sometimes even after these steps are taken, employees may violate their stated agreement. Our employment law attorneys are experienced in litigation, and have built a reputation that is recognized by the judges, arbitrators, and adversaries in the community. We take our responsibilities to our clients very seriously.

Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

Workplaces are becoming progressively diversified. You may involve a lawyer to assist you regarding a claim that is related to continuing employment conditions or the termination of an employee. Morton McGoldrick has defended employers facing claims relating to discrimination due to age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, gender (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), race, and disability. We have also defended against claims of retaliation and wrongful termination.

Our team of employment law attorneys has many years of experience defending against claims of this nature in federal and state court. We are also experienced with arbitration, administrative proceedings, and mediation conducted by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, EEOC, and other state and local agencies.

Family and Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that allows employees to take 12 weeks of leave for a serious health condition experience by themselves or a family member.  This federal law does not pertain to all  employers but depends upon how many employees are employed. In the event an employee departs work due to a serious health condition, an employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can provide legal advice and counsel to an employer to determine whether the law applies and what steps must be taken to ensure compliance.   If the law applies, specific notice must be provided to all employees so they are aware of this entitlement and, if such leave is requested, specific written documentation must be provided to the employee and their health care provider to ensure compliance.

Even if the federal law does not apply, local and state laws can still affect medically related absences from the workplace. For example, Washington State Law provides women who take disability leave from work as it relates to childbirth the right to have their position held by their employers until they return.  Washington state law also provides for family leave depending on the size of the employer.  Even cities, like Seattle and Tacoma, have laws relating to sick leave that can apply when an employee is ill.  Even if your business is headquartered in Puyallup, the laws of other cities may apply to your employees who work in those cities.  Working with our legal team at the earliest possible convenience will help to guarantee your compliance with local, state, and federal laws as they relate to family and medical leave. In the event litigation does arise from a failure to comply with sick time or medical leave related laws, our employment attorneys have the required skills to defend you and your business.

Wage and Hour Law Violations

Morton McGoldrick’s employment law attorneys can litigate claims that concern violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. These violations most frequently arise when an Employer misclassifies an employee as exempt from overtime when they are not. Whether or not this is unintentional, this may still culminate in a claim by the employee. Incorrect deductions or untimely payments may also be the basis for a claim. These can be especially costly if the claim is successful because an employee who prevails on a claim for unpaid wages is entitled to double damages and attorney’s fees. If the misclassification is far-reaching enough it may also be grounds for a class action suit.  In addition, these types of violations can be the subject of investigations by federal or state agencies who assess fines and penalties for improper classifications and failure to pay overtime wages.  Early consultation with an Employment attorney from Morton McGoldrick can ensure compliance with the law and potentially avoid costly claims and litigation by employees, the US Department of Labor or the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

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