Independent contractors. Employees. Interns. Salary. Hourly. There is so much to consider when it comes to adding members to your team, and in this week’s episode of the This Week in Weddings podcast, we’re talking to employment attorney Caroline Harrison about the ins and outs about growing your team the legally correct way.

About our guest: 

Caroline Harrison is a founding Partner of Dowell Pham Harrison LLP. As an attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she represents employers in disputes with former employees, and guides them through the sometimes confusing arena of employment law. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

Caroline assists employers in a variety of areas, including anti-discrimination and retaliation laws, drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements, and protection of trade secrets.

She advises employers on the Family and Medical Leave Act, (FMLA), Unemployment Compensation appeals, handling complex investigations into sensitive employment issues, Wage and Hour issues, and classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, (FLSA). She provides counseling on complex issues including discipline, termination, harassment, investigations, effective employment practices, litigation avoidance and accommodation of disabilities, as well as training human resource professionals, managers, and supervisors in all areas of employment law.

In this episode, listeners will hear about:

  • The differences between contractors and employees, and when it’s appropriate to have each
  • Unpaid interns – is that a real thing?
  • Paying employees hourly vs. salaried
  • What “at-will” employment means
  • Workers comp
  • The biggest mistakes employers make when it comes to employees

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