It would be hard to overestimate the stark employee-linked challenges that company principals face every day. Business owners across the Washington, D.C., metro area and the rest of the country know from hard experience that worker-related issues are often apex concerns. We stress on our business law website at the Northern Virginia business law firm of David, Brody & Dondershine that they “can be extremely complex legal matters.”
That they are broad-based is evident from a bullet point list on our site that spotlights the kind of work we do on behalf of our diverse and valued business clientele. We represent employers in matters ranging from wage/hour disputes and contractually based grievances to intellectual property protection and considerations relevant to family and medical leave.
And those are just representative matters among a much wider universe of concerns.
Take discrimination/harassment claims, for example, which can set off alarm bells for virtually any company. Workplace-tied sexual harassment allegations are of course especially prominent concerns for employers these days. They command a strong and continuing spotlight in the wake of explosive allegations against many high-profile figures in the entertainment and business fields.
A recent in-depth article on that subject matter notes the “peril” faced by commercial enterprises that deal only passively with unlawful on-the-job sexual behaviors. The Claims Journal stresses that they face “steep financial, reputational and workforce consequences” through failure to be proactive in implementing and enforcing formal policies aimed at safeguarding workers.
There are a number of things that conscientious owners and managers can do. A proven team of employment law attorneys can help them formulate a sound and comprehensive strategy aimed at fostering a productive work environment and materially reducing business risk.