Employment Laws to Be Aware of as Your Business Grows – Part 5


(Last Updated On: September 20, 2023)

Employment Laws to Be Aware of as Your Business Grows – Part 5

As your Massachusetts business blossoms, remaining compliant with increasingly complex employment laws becomes even more challenging. The expansion to a team of 15 or more brings forth new legal intricacies that can be challenging to navigate.  

The introduction of two critical federal laws, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), adds layers of complexity to your role as an employer. These laws, while fostering inclusivity and equity, demand a deeper understanding and meticulous compliance to avoid potential pitfalls.  

Fortunately, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Join the Rodman Employment Law team as we explore these laws and how they impact your business operations as an MA employer. 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In the dynamic landscape of employment, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace should be a priority. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 

Understanding the nuances of this law is crucial as you steer your business toward new stages of growth. The law, applicable to businesses with 15 or more employees, safeguards the rights of individuals and promotes a harmonious workplace. It encourages employers to adopt policies that prevent discrimination and foster a culture of inclusivity. 

Moreover, it’s essential to be aware that Title VII also protects employees from harassment and retaliation for reporting or opposing discriminatory practices. As an employer, you should be proactive in creating mechanisms for reporting such incidents and ensuring that investigations are conducted impartially and promptly. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is another cornerstone in building an inclusive workplace. This federal law mandates employers with 15 or more employees to provide equal opportunities to individuals with disabilities, ensuring they are not discriminated against in the workplace. 

The ADA goes beyond just preventing discrimination; it requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, facilitating their ability to perform their job duties effectively. This might include making physical alterations to the workplace, modifying work schedules, or providing assistive technology. 

Furthermore, the ADA encourages businesses to adopt policies that foster inclusivity and respect for all employees, regardless of their physical or mental abilities. It’s essential to foster open communication with employees to understand their needs and work collaboratively to find suitable accommodations. 

Staying Compliant with Rodman Employment Law 

As your business expands, remaining compliant with these laws becomes increasingly important. At Rodman Employment Law, we are here to support you on your journey through intricate legal issues. Our team of experienced attorneys can provide personalized advice and guidance to help you foster a workplace that is not only compliant but also inclusive and respectful. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in updating your policies and procedures, contact Rodman Employment Law at 617-820-5250. We are committed to helping you build a thriving business that values the diversity and well-being of its employees. 

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