Helping Businesses Navigate Employment Matters
The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas LLP helps businesses with all types of employment matters, including:
- Employee Policies and Handbooks
- Drafting Employment Contracts, including Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Contracts
- Employment Contract Enforcement
- Employment Discrimination Claims
- Sexual Harassment Claims
- Retaliation Claims
- Wrongful Termination Claims
- Unemployment Claims
- Fair Labor Standards Act Claims
- Workers’ Compensation Defense
Employee Policies and Contracts
Avoiding accusations, administrative complaints, and lawsuits start with understanding the law. By consulting an employment attorney, you can learn more about your duties and your workers’ responsibilities under relevant state and federal laws. A clear understanding of the law then informs your workplace policies and employee handbook.
We are here to help employers of all sizes write appropriate policies and manuals that outline employer and employee responsibilities, performance documentation procedures, complaint procedures, and the consequences for improper or unlawful behavior.
We help write businesses’ first employee manuals or review and upgrade handbooks that are out of date concerning the law, changes in the workplace environment, or changes in the workplace culture and values. Employment policies and manuals should be updated when old approaches no longer make sense or have failed to serve the business well.
Sexual Harassment Claims
Retaliation and Wrongful Termination Claims
If you encounter an invalid unemployment claim, talk with us about how to approach the situation. We will help you respond to notice of an unemployment insurance claim or appeal an agency determination in the ex-employees favor. It is essential to respond to any documents you receive promptly. There are specific deadlines we will help you meet.
Numerous federal laws protect workers against various forms of discrimination:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: Protects workers from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Protects workers from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Protects workers 40 years and older from discrimination based on their age.
- Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Protects workers who are disabled and require reasonable accommodations to perform their work.
- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Protects workers from discrimination based on their genetic information.
- The Equal Pay Act: Protects women from being paid less than men for equal work.
An employee who believes their employer violated a federal employment law can file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Once they file a complaint, the EEOC notifies the organization and begins an investigation.
We are here to represent you during the EEOC complaint process. We can help you find and present evidence that you did not violate federal law. We also can represent you through mediation and seek a voluntary settlement with the worker.
Fair Labor Standards Act Defense
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employers and employees in the private and public sectors. Often employers and employees do not have a comprehensive understanding of this law, especially in terms of overtime calculation and claims. At The Law Group of Northwest Arkansas LLP, we help businesses confirm compliance with FLSA and defend employee FLSA claims if they should arise.
Workers’ Compensation Defense
State law may require you to provide workers’ compensation insurance for your employees. This insurance helps workers hurt while on the job by covering medical care and some lost wages. But not all claims made against workers’ comp are valid. If you believe an employee was injured off the clock or intentionally or recklessly caused their injuries, talk with us about fighting the claim. Our attorneys provide workers’ comp defense services in Arkansas and Missouri.