The days of working for one employer from the day you graduate until the day you retire are gone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person has ten different jobs before age 40. Leaving a job as an employee or having to let someone go as an employer raises many challenges that can be difficult to sort through. Whether you are an employee or an employer, the lawyers at Timoney Knox have the employment law expertise to help you navigate these challenges.
Employees retain our services for assistance and advice on matters such as workplace conflict and terminations; discrimination claims associated with national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability; wage and hour disputes; harassment in the work place; workplace safety issues; class action litigation; salary negotiations; severance agreements; and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
Letting someone go can be difficult for the employer as well. A complex web of federal and state laws must be considered in hiring and firing decisions. Many an employer who hasn’t thought through these issues with a qualified attorney has been shocked to receive a letter months after a termination from the PA Human Relations Commission or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination.
The state and federal laws apply not only to terminations. Conditions of employment–including compensation–without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, pregnancy, and childbirth are covered by those laws as well. You’ll have lots of questions to think about:
Is there an employment contract? Does the company have an employee handbook that spells out what the employee is entitled to expect from the company? Should you have a severance agreement? What kind of a severance payment is required? What about health insurance or unemployment compensation? Is there a restrictive covenant that protects company secrets but could make it difficult for the employee to find a new job? Will that contract hold up in court? How can you stop someone from violating a promise not to work for a competitor? What if they take your clients with them to the new employer? Our experienced attorneys have handled these matters and can handle yours, including advising you how to avoid litigation.
Whatever your situation, Timoney Knox’s Employment Law Group provides employers and employees with successful, practical, and cost-effective solutions to meet their unique needs.
“I didn’t want to fire anybody, but I had to let an employee go, and just felt I needed your advice to do it correctly. Thanks.”David R.
Our experienced team of lawyers counsels both small businesses dealing with civil rights or employment discrimination claims and employees who feel they’ve been dismissed from their jobs illegally. We defend our clients’ rights with integrity.
We help our business clients sort through the myriad of human resources issues they face–hiring and firing, company policies, handling claims, drafting documents, and more. The employment attorneys at Timoney Knox have the expertise to help protect your business.
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