Employees have rights under State and Federal laws. You are expected to know what they are. The bad news is that you might learn about your employee rights after they quit.
Just because your employee didn't say anything while they had a job, and complain about it later, you are not off the hook.
Somethimes you even have a written agreement with an employee, but that may not be enough to protect you.
You may call an employee an independent contract. You may still be liable as an employer. That may result in liability for unpaid takes, workers comp, the negligence of this worker. As businesses grow, these are legal topics that you need to be aware of to head off problems before they become an economic nightmare.
This is an area where talking to an attorney will surely save you money in the long run.
Joann Deutch, a lawyer conveniently located near
Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Universal City