Posts Tagged ‘employment’

Failing To Recognize The Importance Of Employees

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Many business leaders have fallen into the trap of looking at employees as liabilities rather than assets. This viewpoint neglects what builds and sustains a business namely its employees while sowing the seeds for future problems such as labor unrest, employment claims, lower productivity and even the risk of bankruptcy. A myriad of legal problems are brought about by management neglecting to understand that its employees are a tremendous asset that can build good will and resulting profits. Neglecting to understand their importance starts a business on the slippery slope to deep problems. Often civil litigation against a business is based upon a failure to nurture and build its employees strengths and by proper training, supervision and encouragement of good habits and positive feedback. When employees feel neglected and/or unfairly treated it is difficult for them to be productive. Similarly when they are not properly trained or demoralized by discrimination, harassment or retaliation it is hard to avoid a weakening of performance by them which can lead to problems for a business. Instead of recognizing the importance of employees some businesses wrongly view workers as liabilities that can be cut by terminating jobs. In some cases employees who have reported suspected violations of law at the workplace have been punished. An employer who fails to correct reported problems but instead attacks the reporting worker only worsens the existing difficulty. Some employers have created a hidden agenda of not only wrongfully terminating employees who are whistleblowers but falsely accused them of bad conduct as not only a basis for the termination, but to hurt the employee’s credibility and future career. Another harmful practice of some employers is not to recognize the importance of having experienced workers. Instead these employers view older workers as a great liability based upon the fallacious thinking that Older workers have established higher salaries and benefits that if cut will make the business more profitable. Losing experienced workers not only cuts down on productivity but creates other problems as well. Minority employees can sometimes be the target for a business who fails to recognize the importance of workers. Employees who may be classified by the employer as having a minority status may also be vulnerable for wrongful discharge of employment. Rather than admit that it is necessary to cut employees and run the risk of either a breach of contract or discrimination claim by an employee, the employer creates a false accusation against the employee as a pre-textual basis for the termination of that employee’s job. A positive work environment that aims to build a strong and happy work force is an excellent safeguard to protect a business from a number of different potential financial and legal problems. When a business is experiencing legal related problems it is a sound idea to contact a law firm that provides legal service for the type of difficulty involved in the situation. An appointment should be set up to meet with a licensed lawyer who can advise on applicable legal rights and responsibilities. Fair business practices and being law abiding are important to the success of any business.

This article does not give legal advice and is not intended to give legal advice. The reading of this article does not establish an attorney-client relationship or substitute for consulting with a licensed lawyer.

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Can My Boss Fire Me For No Reason?

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

A common question that employees raise is can their employer fire them under a particular set of circumstances? To answer a question like this it takes knowing all the facts, what contracts may be in effect and the applicable law for a particular jurisdiction. Each state has its own employment laws. In general the belief that an employer can fire a person anytime with or without reason tends to be in inaccurate. The right to fire an employee may generally be weakened by a number of factors such as if there is a contract in effect, if the firing is based on retaliation for reporting a suspected violation of law or based upon illegal discrimination. An employee should not take for granted that his employer can do anything he, she or it wants to do, but rather consult with a licensed lawyer. An experienced employment lawyer may be able to provide helpful information to a person who is concerned with being fired or already has been fired. The termination of an employee may be based on a hidden agenda of the employers. Some employers retaliate against employees by not only terminating their employment but falsely accusing the employee of bad conduct as not only a basis for the termination, but to hurt the employee’s credibility and future career. Employers also sometimes find that their business may be experiencing financial pressures and figure that firing an employee will save the cost of paying wages and benefits. Older workers who have established higher salaries and benefits may be especially vulnerable to this type of termination of employment. Employees who may be classified by the employer as having a minority status may also be a target for losing their job by being wrongfully fired. Instead of admitting the need to cut down staff and run the risk of either a breach of contract or discrimination claim by an employee, the employer creates a false accusation against the employee as a pre-textual basis for the termination of that employee’s job. An employee who faces what appears to be an unreasonable firing should take immediate steps to have his or her situation investigated and evaluated to determine his or her legal rights. Time is of the essence in dealing with legal matters so an employee should not hesitate to consult with a lawyer where there are potential legal problems at the workplace including being fired. An aggrieved employee should contact a law firm who handles employment matters and set up an appointment to meet an employment attorney to discuss the situation and get answers to troubling legal questions. If an employee is experiencing severe financial difficulties it is a sound idea to make an appointment to consult with a licensed lawyer who is experienced in handling debt relief. Some law firms have attorneys who handle both employment legal matters and provide bankruptcy services. In meeting with a bankruptcy attorney a debtor can learn what laws may be available to help deal with financial pressures. At a meeting with a bankruptcy attorney there can be a discussion and evaluation of the potential for qualifying for bankruptcy.

This article does not give legal advice and is not intended to do so. The reading of this article does not establish an attorney-client relationship or substitute for consulting with a licensed lawyer.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Discrimination can cause Financial Difficulties

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

People can experience severe financial difficulties for many different reasons.  One of the more egregious causes of financial problems is  illegal discrimination.   People who are looking for employment and people who are employed may find that there income is damaged because of employment discrimination.  This discrimination can negatively impact a person not only financially, but emotionally.  Discrimination in employment matters includes age, race, gender, sexual preference and religion.   People  often find that they are discriminated against by employers causing them to have financial difficulties.   This abusive discrimination by employer’s can harm an employee’s productivity, initiative, earning capacity, self-image, reputation and emotional state of mind. It may take the form of out of discrimination failing to give a  worker adequate job responsibilities, demotions, lack of promotions, unfair criticism and offensive discriminatory remarks by other employees.  In some situations employers use pre-textual acts to force a victim of discrimination out of his or her job.  Having to put up with illegal discrimination on a regular basis either in looking for a job or on the job can be intimidating, exhausting, emotionally damaging, and can have long-term effects on a person’s health, career, and life.  Workers do, however, have a legal right to be free from  illegal discrimination and do not have to tolerate it.  The law protects workers from illegal discrimination. People who believe they have been the victim of unlawful discrimination should move in a timely manner to get relief. A worker who is the victim of  illegal discrimination can seek legal help from a Minnesota lawyer who can advise him or her on potential avenues of  relief from illegal employment discrimination.  If an a person also is experiencing severe financial difficulties he or she can consult with a Minnesota bankruptcy attorney who can go over bankruptcy alternatives.  It is important when a person has more than one legal problem to coordinate all legally related activities.  In setting up an appointment with a Twin Cities law firm to see a Minnesota attorney it is important to let the firm know all types of legal services that a person may be interested in exploring.  At a meeting with a bankruptcy lawyer a consumer can get a bankruptcy evaluation that includes the means test.  A qualified debtor can go over the suitability of pursuing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  Debtor’s should not hesitate to discuss bankruptcy with a Minneapolis bankruptcy attorney or St. Paul bankruptcy attorney because of misconceptions.  There are a number of  bankruptcy myths that are not true, but if believed may keep an eligible debtor from getting needed relief.  Prompt attention to getting legal assistance can lead a person to potentially getting a fresh start.

The information you obtain on this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.  Reading this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Chicken And Egg Syndrome Related To Debt

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Sometimes debtors get locked into a situation where they feel assaulted on all fronts with legal problems.  Not knowing how to handle the situation they fall into a contemplative approach where they worry over which problem came first.  This kind of thinking is sometimes referred to as the chicken and egg syndrome because it considers which came first the chicken or the egg.  In the case of legal problems it is not always easy to decide which came first, but just thinking about it will not be likely to clear up the situation.  Timely attention to legal problems can be imperative.  People deeply in debt may face  many different types of legal problems such as in the areas of employment, discrimination, sex harassment, license challenges, business, civil litigation, repossession, garnishment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, DWI or criminal charges.  It is difficult for a person facing multiple legal problems to be objective about what to do let alone being able to attend to what is required by law under the circumstances.   Each legal problem may aggravate the another one.   For example, people who go through a divorce often find that they now have less income yet far more expenses than they can cover as a single person.  The financial problems that flow from the divorce may spill over into other areas of a person’s life further aggravating the situation and causing other legally related problems.  Increasingly people are finding that they have more than one legal problem at the same time.   such as a loss of employment, bankruptcy, divorce and a criminal charge.  At stressful times like this it is important to have access to a Minnesota lawyer, who understands and has experience helping people resolve their legal problems.  A consumer experiencing one or more legal problems can contact a Twin Cities law firm to set up a meeting with an experienced Minnesota attorney who can can review with a person his or her questions and concerns.  If there is an interest in potential debt relief then at the meeting with the lawyer there can be a discussion of  how to file for bankruptcy protection, consumer bankruptcy filings, and treatment under the United States Bankruptcy laws for the debtor’s application for financial relief. Attending to legal problems in a prompt manner can provide for an opportunity to get out from under legal problems.  I

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We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

The information contained herein  does not constitute the giving of legal advice. The reader should not rely on this information. This information does not substitute for the advice of a licensed lawyer related to  bankruptcies or any other legal subject.