Helping Employers Mitigate Workplace Disputes

Spreading The Word Through Policies And Training

Countless workplace disputes arise every single day in the state of New York. Such matters, particularly if the dispute results in litigation, can be costly and time-consuming.

However, there are cost-effective steps employers can take in advance to minimize the impact of disputes or even prevent these disputes from ever coming to fruition.

The Benefits Of An Employee Handbook

A written policy via an employee handbook or manual is one such example and can be instrumental in facilitating companywide policies to employees - even for small-business operations. Common provisions include but are not limited to:

  • Prohibitions against illegal behavior with specific examples pertinent to the industry or work environment
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • EEO policies and procedures, including those that outline where employees should go if they need to make a complaint of unfair treatment, harassment, discrimination or bullying
  • An explanation of paid time off, accrual of vacation time, use of sick leave, and provisions related to leave, including laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act

Decades Of Experience To Help You

Which provisions will be applicable to your organization will depend in part on the size and nature of your business, your trade, and other needs unique to the place of employment. With over 50 years of combined experience, our team of lawyers has helped many business owners draft handbooks or revise existing policies to update them in a manner to reflect their current interests and concerns.

How Proper Training Can Mitigate Future Problems In The Workplace

Along with written procedures, management and staff training can be extremely beneficial toward mitigating workplace disputes, particularly those involving claims of sexual or other forms of harassment, discrimination, unequal treatment, and bullying behavior.

Annual training provides a way to get every level employee on the same page. Training can especially provide education to supervisors and management about the types of behavior that are prohibited in the workplace and how they can communicate to their team about how to effectively manage staff, including what to do in the event they observe or receive a complaint of a hostile work environment.

At Gould & Berg, management training is something we routinely give to employers and their staff. We provide recommendations on proactive steps to take in accordance with current New York State and Federal laws, which of course are always evolving or being re-interpreted.

Experience, Renowned Attorneys Here To Help You

While it is true our team has extensive expertise in employment law matters, the recognition we receive in our community is what really sets us apart from our competitors. We frequently receive referrals from colleagues in our community who often see us as legal leaders in the employment law arena and recognize our ability to offer effective, comprehensive representation.