Employee Relations

Businesses function best when employees and employers maintain a positive working relationship. Employers must engage in a balance of addressing the concerns of employees while ensuring that they remain productive members of the workforce. Turnover in the business setting can be costly and disruptive. Maintaining a good working relationship with your employees is important to maintaining the stability of your business.

What Makes a Good Business Policy?

Business policies should promote a work environment based on mutual respect and minimize the risks of workplace disputes. The best business policies:

  • Clearly address expectations
  • Designate a complaint/grievance procedure
  • Promote open communication
  • Clearly outline disciplinary procedures
  • Provide incentives and rewards

In a business setting, being proactive is the best way to avoid the possibility of a lawsuit. A work environment that fosters mutual respect between employees is likely to attain long-term business success. Workplace disputes are often costly and protracted. It is in the best interest of employers and employees to implement policies that promote communication and problem-solving within the workplace.

If you are concerned that you are not in compliance with employment laws or if you have questions about workplace policies, the attorneys at Mays & Kerr can help. We will review your current policies and help you revise them to offer the best protection for you and your employees.

Procedures for Employee Complaints and Grievances

Most workplace disputes can be resolved effectively through informal conversations between the employee and a supervisor. If an employee raises a complaint to the supervisor, a clear policy should be in place to address that concern. The complaint should be kept confidential unless it is necessary to involve others in its resolution. In the event that an informal process is not effective, an employer should implement a formal process for complaints. Generally, these formal complaints will be handled by a human resources officer.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

An attorney can guide you through any workplace conflicts or disputes that arise, helping to alleviate the stress and anxiety you may suffer as a result. Our goal is to protect your rights and facilitate a productive workplace.

The lawyers at Mays & Kerr take no shortcuts when it comes to resolving your legal issue. We take the time to get to know each client's specific situation so that we can facilitate the best possible solution. Because we work with a wide variety of clients, we understand the impact that seemingly minor business decisions may have in the long run. Therefore, we make sure that our client is aware of the potential benefits and shortcomings of each business decision.