Five Common Employment Law Hazards for Start Ups

April 29, 2010

A Guide for Managers at Early-Stage Companies

Emerging, venture capital-backed companies typically face a host of legal considerations but have limited personnel and monetary resources to address all of them comprehensively. Often lacking in-house human resources and legal expertise, many emerging companies employ a "band-aid" approach to HR-related issues, addressing problems only as they arise. There are, however, a few common employment law issues to be aware of, and a bit of advance understanding and planning can do a great deal to minimize the downstream risks of expensive legal headaches.

Distilled here are five employment law hazard areas that managers at early-stage companies often encounter. These areas, I have found, are where employment-related disputes most consistently arise at venture-backed start-ups.

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