An article recently posted on the discussed ten employer mistakes that are most likely to get you sued; these include:

  1. Classifying all employees as exempt, whether or not they are.
  2. Allowing non-exempt employees to work during their lunch breaks.
  3. Classifying employees as independent contractors when they are not.
  4. Neglecting to provide discrimination and harassment training to supervisors and managers.
  5. Allowing employees to determine their own work hours.
  6. Firing an employee that takes a leave of absence.
  7. Holding an employee’s last check until they return property belonging to the company.
  8. Providing employee loans and deducting repayment from each paycheck.
  9. Protecting confidential information by using non-compete agreements.
  10. Having a “use it or lose it” vacation policy and then failing to pay out to a terminated employee.

Small business owners could be violating federal and/or state employment laws, unintentionally, in an effort to save money, provide flexibility for employees, or by just being nice. These mistakes could come back to bite you, so be sure you consult with your an attorney on employee rules and regulations for your business.

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