Hiring and firing employees in any business situation can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Alleviate the stress of these inevitable events by planning ahead, and fully understanding the employment law surrounding these issues. Some issues to consider:
1. Do you need an employee or an independent contractor? What is the difference? What type of written agreement do you need, and how do they differ?
a. Do you have an employment agreement with all employees? Washington is an “at will” state, which means there doesn’t have to be a reason to terminate someone’s employment. However, you cannot terminate for a discriminatory reason, and understanding employment law surrounding these issues is essential.
b. Are you using an independent contractor? Do you have a consulting agreement which clearly defines the scope of the work for such individuals?
2. Do you have a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)? Are you meeting with someone about your business or a potential product, and are you concerned about secrecy? Consider an NDA, either one-sided or mutual.
3. Severance. Do you need a severance agreement or need one reviewed?
4. Termination. Were you let go from your job? Are you concerned that there your employer treated you unfairly or made the workplace intolerable for you to work there? Sexual harassment and employment discrimination are illegal, and we can help you understand the employment laws in Washington state as they apply to you.
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