The legal issues associated with employment situations are complex and the number of claims brought against employers is on a steady increase. In fact, the Department of Labor is stepping up its efforts to audit employers to ensure they are properly classifying their employees for overtime purposes under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Colorado Minimum Wage Orders. These efforts by the DOL have recovered millions of dollars from employers in back wages in just the last few years alone. In addition, the DOL is cracking down on employers that mis-classify their people as “independent contractors” instead of employees. And the State of Colorado is increasing audits of companies across the state to uncover those who fail to properly verify the legal status their workers to work in the U.S.
As a result, every employer needs to be alert to the legal pitfalls in the employer/employee relationship and know how to prevent claims from happening in the first place. To assist in this endeavor we work with businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries to develop preventative services and procedures which can act as “insurance” against such employment law claims. In many cases, we have been able to provide critical training or institute policies and written agreements that protect against disputes or lawsuits arising in the first place.
But if disputes do arise, we are prepared to take quick action in response. We will prepare responses to Charges of Discrimination filed at the EEOC and Colorado Civil Rights Division, defend claims for Unemployment Insurance at the Department of Labor and vigorously defend lawsuits filed in state or federal court. In addition, in the event of an audit by the Department of Labor we assist employers in helping reduce penalties and back wage collections.
Businesses across Colorado have found Ms. Wellbrock to be extremely accessible and responsive to inquiries, often returning calls in the same day. Business owners and their managers are thus able to quickly and easily get the answers they need, at a reasonable cost, and not just when dealing with expensive claims or litigation. Our clients have come to appreciate Ms. Wellbrock’s clear, direct and practical advice on numerous matters, as well as her breadth of knowledge of employment law.
Call us at 303-785-7783 or send us an e.mail to info@CynthiaWellbrock.com