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Employment Law/Personnel Issues

Throughout the employment life-cycle, legal issues arise. Employment agreements and up-to-date employee handbooks help establish key rules to outline expectations for employees and management. For executives, attention to executive compensation and benefits plans, including deferred compensation arrangements, can help retain talent.

Compliance with wage and hour, overtime, meal and rest break, and tax reporting/withholding laws is not only required, but also violations of such issues generally result in exposure where no insurance is available. Ever-evolving benefits laws (such as the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare), also require consistent attention.

For both individual termination decisions and major restructures or reductions in force, close attention to legal standards can help reduce the possibility of liability for wrongful termination or violation of legal standards, including the WARN Act and state equivalents.

During and after an employment relationship, EDD claims, workers' compensation claims, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, and allegations of discrimination or harassment often require experienced counsel to navigate and investigate.

SW&M assists financial institution clients with all of these considerations. SW&M’s focus is on prevention, with the goal of minimizing or eliminating exposure to liability and costly litigation.