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One of the goals of Free Enterprise is to inform employers about how to legally deal with employees, both in company policy and on an individual level.
Being an effective small business owner sometimes means firing employees, accommodating disabilities, and improving morale -- all while complying with state and federal labor laws. This may seem like an impossible juggling act, but in the past year, Free Enterprise covered most of the basics.
For 2014, here are our 10 most popular blog posts about handling employees:
- Racist Comments at Work: What Can Employers Do? -- Having to deal with allegations of racism can be disarming, but it's important to address them head on.
- 5 Tips for Your 'No Fraternization' Policy -- It's common for employees to couple up at work, but you should take some legal precautions first.
- 5 Types of Employees You May Want to Fire -- Firing someone isn't a pleasant experience, but some employees are such a legal pain, you might want to fire them sooner rather than later.
- Giving Proper FMLA Notice: How to Comply With Federal Law -- Once an employee asks for FMLA leave, your business has to give proper notice in various ways.
- Is It OK to Hug People at Work? -- In general, you should probably hold off on hugs in the office.
- 5 Things to Do After an Employee Resigns or Quits -- Sometimes employees leave on their own accord, and it's important to tie up any loose ends before they part ways with your company.
- Do Employers Have to 'Accommodate' Alcoholic Workers? -- Being ADA-compliant with your alcoholic employees does not mean having to accommodate drinking or drunkeness at work.
- Improve Your Office Culture Without Getting Sued: 3 Legal Tips -- Improving morale can be an incredible boon to productivity, but you don't want to create more legal trouble in the process.
- Hiring Temp Workers: 5 Legal Reminders -- Employing temp workers can be a great idea, just remember that how you treat temps is vital to your business.
- Employers: What Is a Hostile Work Environment? -- It's important for small business owners to know what a hostile work environment is and how to prevent it.
Even past 2014, you should be able to use at least one of these lessons in dealing with employees at your own business.
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