Employment Policy and Contract Assistance in Northern Washington

Helping employers promote good employee relations

Employers put uniform policies in place for a number of reasons. They streamline operations by ensuring your staff knows how to handle situations that may arise. They memorialize your company’s philosophy and policies in a tangible way. And they ensure that employees receive uniform treatment in the various aspects of the employer/employee relationship. But to serve these purposes, Washington employment policies must be clear, thoroughly drafted and properly disseminated. The Bellingham employment attorneys of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP understand the importance that policies and contracts have in promoting good employee relations. That is why we have been helping companies throughout Washington draft comprehensive manuals, procedures, contracts and other uniform policies for more than 38 years.

Why uniformity is important for employers

While there are many types of discrimination, they generally fall into three broad categories of allegation:

  • An employer treated an employee or applicant negatively because of his or her membership in a protected group
  • An employer’s actions have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a protected group
  • An employer failed to adequately protect a member of a protected group from negative treatment by its managers, employees or customers

It can be difficult for a Bellingham employment attorney to prove or disprove an employer’s motivation for taking a particular action. And arbitrary or subjective action by an employer is frequently fertile ground for allegations of discrimination. But a reliable defense for employers facing allegations of discrimination has always been that they were acting in accord with clearly disseminated and uniformly applied policies.

Similarly, employers have an affirmative duty to promptly address allegations of harassment by their managers, employees and customers and should have a reporting system and clearly defined disciplinary procedures in place for this type of conduct. By disseminating and uniformly applying clear employment and hiring policies, you can help minimize your company’s risk of liability.

Reliable counsel for employee contract drafting

Even for rank and file employees, employment contracts must address a variety of issues. Key employees can be even more complicated, often requiring additional provisions addressing confidentiality and non-competition. Our Bellingham employment law attorneys work with our clients to draft clear and comprehensive employment agreements that preserve their managerial rights and limit their potential liability while still complying with the law.

Experienced attorneys for contract and policy drafting

Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP has maintained a robust employment law practice throughout the state for more than 38 years. From our offices in Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom, Island, Skagit and San Juan counties and British Columbia, providing an alternative to the expensive and impersonal Seattle firms. Contact us today online or by calling 360.671.6565 to schedule a consultation.