Florida’s beautiful beaches and subtropical climate make it an ideal place to live and work. After setting up your Florida business, the last thing you want is to find yourself in a legal dispute. Fortunately, knowing a few crucial tips can help you avoid disputes about wage and hour laws.
Keep accurate records
From new hire forms to payroll statements, companies generate many important records. Your business should also keep accurate records concerning your employees’ wages and hours. If a wage and hour law dispute arises, your company’s legitimate data could refute someone’s false claims.
Stay up to date with wage laws
Regardless of where your business operates, it must keep up with federal, state, and local laws. Lawmakers regularly meet to introduce and modify legislature. Sometimes, their rulings mean that companies must update their corresponding policies. Unfortunately, most business owners have little time to keep up with and react to law changes. Many busy business owners delegate these audits and updates to HR teams.
Look over employee and customer-facing content
Companies create many types of digital and paper-based content. Employee packets, new hire forms, blog posts and more are examples of created content. Your company can also have extensive amounts of content devoted to employee wages. Ensuring your content reflects all current laws prevents another party from using outdated language in lawsuits against your business.
Classify your workers
Distinguishing between employees and contractors may not seem urgent. But misclassifying workers can have major legal ramifications for your business. Whether intentional or not, a misclassification can lead to your business owing lots of back pay.
Going over wage and hour-related information can be a time-consuming project. But spotting and resolving any mistakes, unclear classifications or outdated language can save your business many future problems.