At The Podium
Hope for the Best or Prepare for the Worst: HR Best Practices for Avoiding Employment Litigation
McAfee & Taft attorney Kathy Neal gives insight on the best HR practices to use for avoiding employment litigation at the HR Professional’s Luncheon on October 4, 2011, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Today, the scope of fair labor laws is extremely influential on businesses, with more than 180 federal laws mandating and regulating the employer-employee relationship (USDOL, 2011). A recent 50-state review by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2011) further reported that Oklahoma’s rate of labor and employment lawsuits is comparatively higher than other states, with 3.59 suits filed per 10,000 employees. Facing such a litigious environment requires businesses to be proactive in developing a solid business strategy for avoiding costly lawsuits. Fortunately there are a number of actions that can be taken to achieve this goal, including the implementation of standardized procedures for specific employment processes, the establishment of a clear paper trail for employment decisions, and the selective use of highly defensible HR policies and practices.