Counseling Fort Myers and Naples Businesses
Jason Gunter established his employment law practice in Southwest Florida 18 years ago. Many of our firm’s current clients have been with us since we opened our doors. We advise our clients on the many employment law matters that arise while doing business. For startups, we provide a comprehensive consulting package of everything a business needs to comply with federal and Florida regulations, implement effective company policies and draft important contracts.
Compliance with Employment Regulations
Employers are subject to a vast body of federal and Florida laws that are constantly changing. A business could quickly become overwhelmed and potentially miss an important amendment to the law.
Gunterfirm counsels businesses on regulatory compliance. We provide a comprehensive overview of regulatory requirements to businesses that are at the formation stage or are restructuring. We then inform companies when relevant legislation affects their operations so we can take proactive steps to bring the business into compliance. Our lawyer always remains available to answer questions that a business encounters.
One of the primary methods for avoiding workplace disputes is to develop key policies and communicate them effectively to the workforce. Applying policies consistently can help businesses avoid unsubstantiated allegations of discrimination or retaliation against whistleblowers. For example, a business should consider how to deal as the following matters:
- Discrimination and harassment complaints
- Reasonable accommodation of recruits and employees with disabilities
- Reasonable accommodations of religious dress and observance
- Employee conduct and dress code violations
- Consistent standards for pay, promotions and benefits
- Hours, breaks, tardiness and absences
- Holiday and sick leave
- Use of mobile phones and laptop computers
- Health insurance and other benefits
- Termination of employment
A well-drafted employee handbook is one of the most effective means of communicating company policies. Employers should also inform workers in writing of addendums to the handbook.
To attract top talent, businesses often secure executives and specialty trades with employment contracts. Gunterfirm helps businesses dot every “” and cross every “t” during executive pay and severance terms negotiations to ensure the contracts are fair, effective and enforceable.
Most jobs are not secured by a contract, but may involve some aspects of contracts law, most notably non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. Our lawyer strongly advises businesses to consider engaging these protective measures to maintain competitiveness in the marketplace. We advise our clients on drafting effective, enforceable agreements that protect trade secrets, confidential information and investment in employee training.
Consult with a Knowledgeable Southwest Florida Employment Lawyer
Gunterfirm advises Fort Myers and Naples businesses on the wide spectrum of employment matters they constantly face. Our counsel can help a business deal effectively with its workforce and avoid disputes in the workplace. To set up a free first consultation with our Florida Bar Certified employment and labor law attorney, call us at 239.334.7017 or contact us online.
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