If you run a business, you must know it'll happen eventually. One day, you'll have to fire someone. Whatever the reason, you want to make certain that you aren't leaving yourself and your company open to charges of discrimination or wrongful dismissal.
To contract or not to contract? For some, it isn't even a question. Many small business owners never even consider contracts for their employees. The average pizza shop, for example, probably doesn't have its delivery drivers sign a contract.
Nearly every employer has faced the same dilemma at one time or another: They've had to fire a bad employee. Then, a few weeks or months later, they get a phone call from another business owner asking for a good reference for that former employee. What do you do?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects a worker's livelihood when they need to go on leave for family or medical reasons. It is a fairly self-descriptive law. The law however does not protect you from being terminated for using your leave for something other than recovery.
Gender discrimination is a widely debated subject. Many women sense that they are treated differently in their workplace than men. However, other women believe that discrimination is either fictional or necessary. Regardless of where you personally stand on the issue, researchers dedicated their efforts last year to take a snapshot of American opinions.
This may surprise a lot of people, but "minimum wage" varies depending on where you live.
Are you about to lose your job, either through a layoff or some other reason?