As a business owner in Georgia, you will have to run a tight ship. However, even the most finely controlled environment can still leave room for mistakes, because having employees introduces an unknown element that you cannot fully control. We at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., understand this and wish to help you protect yourself from false wage and hour claims.
First, you should understand the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. This act was put into place to make sure that employees are being treated properly. This act allows them to pursue you if they believe they are being short-changed in regard to overtime pay, working hours, wage laws and so on.
Unfortunately, employees may sometimes make claims that are false or incorrect, putting you and your business in jeopardy. This is especially harmful because the law tends to side with employees in these situations. Because of this, you will really need to fight to prove yourself in the right. Potential situations like this are why you should have documentation of all employee hours, and why you should keep a close eye on how long they are working, how the shifts are being divvied up, and whether or not your business is complying with the employment laws of Georgia.
If you have thought ahead and done these things, you will have sturdier ground to stand on if one of your employees ever takes legal action for perceived issues. If you would like to read more about what you can do to protect yourself against FLSA related claims, please visit our web page.