Employment law relates to the employer-employee relationship, particularly the employer's responsibility to follow certain state and federal laws. For instance, employers must pay their employees in full and on time, and may not discriminate against protected individuals. Employers regularly consult with employment attorneys who specialize in consulting businesses on how to comply with the law, reduce their legal exposure, and defend against lawsuits by employees. Most businesses also have a human resources department to help maintain legal compliance and manage employee affairs.
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How Employment Lawyers Help Businesses
Employment lawyers who work with employers provide guidance in order to remain in compliance with state and federal laws; help negotiate contracts; and defend against lawsuits by employees. Employment relationships can be quite complex, beginning with the legal difference between "employees" and "independent contractors," often resulting in lawsuits against well-meaning employers who failed to comply with the law.
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