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Florida employers, be prepared if employment disputes arise

Does this sound like you? "My employees love me. They think I am a wonderful boss who cares about them and their day-to-day issues. None of my employees would ever initiate a dispute against me." We will start by saying that these have been many a small business owner's famous last words — right before being dragged into court by an employee.

You probably are a wonderful employer and most of your staff probably does appreciate you. However, you could be the very best employer in the state of Florida and still find yourself dealing with an employment dispute. Although it may feel distasteful, you owe it to the success of your business to be prepared for all possible scenarios, including employment disputes.

One news source has published an article listing a few common workplace conflicts. They include:

-- Leadership style disputes between your chosen leaders and you.

-- Differences in work style could persist to become a source of dispute.

-- Personality conflicts may also cause employment disputes that pull you into the mix. For example, if you side with one employee, the other may think you are being unfair.

-- Perceived discrimination could be a problem if one of your employees believes he or she is being discriminated against, even when it is untrue.

-- An employee's persistent tardiness or absenteeism could spiral into an out-and-out dispute, despite attempts on your part to be fair and understanding.

What can you do as an employer? First, be prepared for possible disputes so that you do not feel blindsided if they occur. Second, partner with a qualified Florida employment attorney so that you will be ready to protect yourself if and when a real employment dispute arises. Visit our website to see what we can offer to employers and small business owners in Florida.

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