Labor & Employment

Friday, June 21, 2019

Social Media and Hiring Practices - Five Things to Watch Out For


Almost everyone has a social media presence, including your potential new hires. Many employers research an applicant’s social media accounts as part of the screening and interview process. However, including social media in the screening and background process can have risks. If an employer is not careful, the employer could violate an applicant’s legal rights by checking the applicant’s social media accounts without the applicant’s consent. A
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Three Things You Didn't Know About Employee Handbooks


Employee handbooks can be useful tools for employers to define policies and procedures. A well-drafted employee handbook can proactively address many of the issues that arise in the workplace. A concise, effective employee handbook may avoid disputes and lawsuits. However, employers can run into problems if they do not seek legal guidance from a
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

If my Employees Didn't Read the Employee Handbook, am I Still Legally Bound?


Unless you sit in a room with an employee who is required to read the entire employee handbook aloud, you can never be sure if an employee has read the handbook. A South Carolina labor and employment lawyer will probably tell you that this procedure would be impractical. Instead, most employers require employees to sign an acknowledgment that they have read the handbook and received a copy of the handbook, which covers the employer even if the employee does not read the handbook.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Does Your Company Have a Workers' Compensation Procedure in Place?


Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to employees who are injured on the job or suffer a workplace illness. Most employers in South Carolina are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you have employees and are unsure about your workers’ compensation procedures, you may want to contact a South Carolina labor and employment lawyer to discuss what you should do.
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Friday, April 19, 2019

10 Things Every Company Policy and Procedures Manual Should Have


You know you need a company Policy and Procedures Manual for your human resources department, but you do not know where to begin. It can be difficult to know what policies and procedures to include in a manual if you have never developed an HR manual before now. Engaging the help of a South Carolina labor and employment lawyer can help you as you begin developing your company’s manual.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Is Your Company Making These Hiring Mistakes?

Starting a business is an exciting venture. However, for many new business owners, hiring employees is a stumbling block that can have long-term consequences for the company. Even established companies sometimes run into problems when expanding their workforce.

Below are five hiring mistakes that a South Carolina employment law lawyer may be able to help you avoid with the proper planning.

Five Hiring Mistakes That Can Cost You Time and Money in the Future

1.  Failing to Have a Formal Hiring Process

When you “wing it” as you are hiring potential employees, you could run into several problems. First, you may not have a clear process for checking references and performing background checks. In many cases, a second interview may be necessary to follow-up regarding certain questions or issues. When you do not have a formal hiring process, you may be tempted to hire a candidate during the first interview because you “hit it off” with the person. Only after the person begins working do you discover that his or her references or background check would have revealed serious problems that are now your problem.


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Saturday, October 6, 2018

How Do You Decide Whether to Mediate Employment Disputes?

Whether you’re in-house counsel or the CEO, when an employment dispute arises, it can often through a wrench into everything you’re working on. When faced with an employment complaint, it’s often the hope that it will simply go away, or resolve with a little time. Our labor and employment lawyers know that this can sometimes happen. Other times though, the dispute may escalate, forcing key players to make decisions as to how to best resolve it.

Here are some tips on how to prioritize whether and how to address employment disputes.


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Seven Things You Should Know About the New South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act

The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster on May 17, 2018. Although existing federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating based on pregnancy, these laws do not necessarily protect employees by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related issues. The new law seeks to expand the protections by requiring employers to make certain accommodations. The law is in effect now.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Five Steps to Creating a Safe Environment to Report Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment should not be tolerated in any work environment. An employer who does not take the proper steps to protect employees from sexual harassment could be held liable in a civil lawsuit. To ensure that you are taking steps to protect yourself and your employees, you need to create a safe environment for your employees to report harassment incidents.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Workers' Compensation Best Practices For Employers


As the new year begins, it’s a good idea to review your workers’ compensation policies and procedures to ensure you are in line with industry best-practices. In South Carolina alone, there were over 16,000 workers’ compensation claims filed, costing employers over $800 million, according to the Department of Labor. Considering the fact that between 20% and 25% of injuries reported are fraudulent, it may be in your company’s best interests to discuss your practices with an experienced labor and employment law lawyer. In the meantime, take a look at some of the industry best practices for workers’ compensation.

Creating a Culture of Safety

Creating and fostering a culture of safety in your company begins long before you hire an employee.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

When was the Last Time You Reviewed Your Workers Compensation Policies?


The State of South Carolina requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. You should read over your policy periodically to make sure you have the coverage that fits your current number of employees and that you are not paying too much for your premiums. If the number of your employees has dropped enough, you might not have to buy workers compensation insurance. The laws may have changed since you last read your policy. Now is a good time to talk with your South Carolina labor and employment lawyer about all of your company policies.


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