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At Racine Olson, our Idaho employment and labor law attorneys can save your small business time and money. As a small business owner, you have a lot of considerations to juggle when running a successful company. Not least among your concerns is finding motivated, hard-working employees to make your business work. But even with your best efforts, sometimes your relationship with an employee breaks down. At Racine Olson, our employment lawyers can help, both by assisting you in resolving employee disputes and by advising proactive measures that can protect your company.

A small business faces many of the same employment and labor law challenges as larger companies but without extensive resources to combat these issues. Small companies are also governed by many of the same state and federal laws as big businesses. Racine Olson attorneys can provide cost-effective solutions and advice that minimize the risk to your business of an employment dispute or lawsuit. Our lawyers include Lane Erickson, a partner who has received the highest possible rating of “AV” by Martindale Hubbell and from AVVO and JUSTIA for his ethics and legal ability and associate Kile Grigsby.

As small business employer, you need to understand the legal rights your employees have. These include the right to be free from discrimination and harassment, the right to a safe workplace, the right to fair wages, the right to be free from retaliation, and the right to protected leave, among others. These rights may differ depending on the size of your business and the number of people you employ. Within each legally protected right, there are countless pitfalls employers must avoid to protect themselves from unwanted employee claims and lawsuits. Employment law involves a complicated web of federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Equal Pay Act. Again, depending on your number of employees, some of these laws may not apply to you. In addition to the federal law, Idaho has its own statutes that add yet another layer of complexity.

For a small business owner, understanding and following all these laws and regulations is a herculean task. Fortunately, the employment lawyers at Racine Olson can help! Our attorneys have extensive experience representing small businesses when employment concerns and disputes arise. If an employee has raised an issue or even filed a legal claim, we may be able to defend your business.

In addition, our lawyers can analyze your small company and take preemptive steps to avoid the stress and financial strain of an employment dispute. You may need assistance with creating a written policy manual, with rules and procedures for your employees. Or maybe you need advice on the differences between hiring an employee versus an independent contractor. Whatever your needs, discussing your unique company with our employment lawyers may be among the best business decisions you make.

Let our attorneys deal with your employment law issues so that you can focus on growing your business. Whether you have an issue with a particular employee, want to take a proactive approach to protect your business, or simply have employment or labor law questions, call us toll free at 877.232.6101 or 208.232.6101 for a consultation with our attorneys. You can also email us at We look forward to assisting you with your Idaho employment and labor law needs.

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