PEOs and EORs Help Avoid Legal Pitfalls

A Florida-based staffing company recently learned a hard lesson about discrimination and had to pay out five figures in damages to an employee after being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The company allegedly violated the religious rights of the employee, a Rastafarian, by requiring him to cut his dreadlocks to meet company grooming standards.

It turns out this was a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. After learning the hard way, the staffing company reviewed its policies and updated its employee handbook to address disability and religious accommodation requests.

Right or wrong, employment laws and regulations present some of the biggest challenges for staffing companies. In addition to federal laws, there are state laws that affect employment decisions and can be challenging for staffing firms in multiple states. A Professional Employer Organization or Employer of Record can manage your compliance with myriad laws and handle your workers’ comp as well.

LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

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David Schek