Month: April 2016

If I blow the whistle against my company, will I lose my job?

Sometimes employees will lose their job if they blew the whistle. Sometimes the employees have not legitimately blown the whistle, but they’re simply trying to protect themselves from their own actions of the business and they’re trying to come with something to get back at the employer.

Other times employees are legitimately objecting to activities of the employer that were unlawful. In that situation if the employee’s fired the employer could be liable for substantial damages to the employee, for firing the employee. For the employees loses. The employees attorney’s fees and cost.

Is either the employer or the employee required to give notice of termination?

Typically, neither the employee nor the employer has to give a notice of termination. There can be exceptions to that. The most common exception, if there’s a written contract, one party has agreed to give a certain amount of written notice to the other party. If that happens, then the contract will trigger certain events such as monies are owed if the notice is not given.

What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal statute that allows employees to take a certain amount of leave time for very important events such as, for example, the birth of a child or to care for a very close family member. To fall within that statute, the employee has to work for a certain number of hours in a certain period of time for the employer. The leave is set out by statute as to the amount of time the employee can take.

What does it mean to be discriminated against at work?

To be discriminated against at work means that the employee is being protected by specific legal categories, such as the color of their skin or their ethnicity. When an employer violates employee’s rights to be free of discrimination, the employer is treating the employee worse because of this protected category, mainly the color of their skin or their ethnicity.

There are other categories the law protects, also. These are what we call discrimination claims.

What does due diligence mean?

Due diligence is checking up on the details of a transaction. Typically, due diligence occurs when there’s a purchase of a business. The buyer of the business is, of course, wanting to find out are the representations of the seller accurate? They’re going to want to go look through the papers. They want to make sure the financials are accurate, that they’re not being lied to or misled. They’re going to want to go and check with customers to determine if these really were the sales of the business. The due diligence period is to determine if you’re really buying what the seller is representing and whether the value the seller puts on it is really a fair value.