Tips for Dealing With Employee Breach-of-Contract Disputes

If you've been dealing with employee contract disputes, here's what you need to know.

When you're running a company, you have a lot of things to worry about: managing schedules, monitoring your inventory, and keeping your employees happy. Unfortunately, even the best-run companies occasionally have employee-employer disputes. These types of disputes can range from problems with the terms of a contract to dissatisfaction with pay. Whether you run a small company or a large corporation, you may occasionally have an employee who disputes the terms of a contract or who believes that the terms have not been followed by the managers of your organization. If you've been dealing with a breach-of-contract dispute, you aren't alone; however, you should talk to an attorney who understands how to guide you through this type of issue. There are also a few other things you should know.

First of all, make sure you get everything in writing. If the employee emails you with problems, you should save those messages. If they text you or post about the problem on social media, save those messages, too. It's a good idea to screenshot social media or public posts the employee makes about your company, especially if they relate to the dispute at hand. The more evidence you can bring to your attorney about what's going on, the more carefully your lawyer can help you deal with the dispute and the more thoroughly they'll understand what is happening.

It's also important to hold a meeting with your employee and your human resources administrator. In some cases, carefully discussing the dispute in person can help you to understand exactly what the problem is or what difficulties your employee is facing. Sometimes, an employee may feel like their rights have been violated in some way. This is an important issue that you should take seriously. Talking with your employee face-to-face will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to find out exactly what's going on. You may also talk to their direct supervisor for more information.

You should also review the contracts in question. Make sure you understand exactly what the terms are as laid out in your agreement. For example, do you have a clearly defined start and end date for the person's employment? Do you detail working hours? Do you discuss dress code in the document? Do you have a clearly defined non-disclosure agreement? Each contract is different. If your employee is upset with the contract, you need to make sure that you understand it inside and out and that you have evidence as to whether the employee was or was not treated fairly.

Make sure you always meet with your attorney when you're dealing with a serious employee breach-of-contract dispute. In some cases, your employee may consult with an attorney of their own. It's a good idea to let your attorney know what's going on and to seek counsel as to how you should proceed in handling the situation. Don't wait to reach out. If you've been dealing with a breach-of-contract dispute at your office, talk to a commercial business attorney today who can help you.