The Personnel File Checklist

by Shannon Middleton

Keeping track of employee documentation can be tedious, but it’s necessary and
especially helpful in the event of an employee-related issue. The big question is: what
kinds of documentation do you need to file away? In comes our personnel file checklist.
Below we’ve outlined our recommendations for what documents you should keep in
personnel files and those you should keep separately. If you have any questions, please
give us a call at 765.423.7900.

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The Employment Policies Every Company Should Have in Place

by Shannon Middleton

Choosing the employment policies that are right for your company is a big deal. Things like dress code requirements, remote working options, and time off allowances can have an enormous impact on your company’s culture and the happiness of your employees. There are some policies, though, you simply must have in place – the kind that can protect you and your company in the event of an employee-related issue.

So where do you start? How do you know what types of policies and documents you need to create? Well, we created this blog post to answer these very questions. At a high level, there are three items we suggest all companies have in place:

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We Have All Our Employees Read "The Trusted Advisor" -- Here's Why

by Gutwein Law

 

Trust is at the core of what we do.

Our clients often come to us seeking advice during some of the most critical times in their lives. How should they set up their company? Who will care for their kids when they’re gone? How will they protect an idea they’ve spent their whole life perfecting? These are important decisions that we, as advisors, must help them make.

So, we asked ourselves: what traits do we look for in someone when we’re seeking advice? Below is a wordcloud with our answers.

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A Semester of Learning and Growth: An Interview with Luke Pfeiffer

by Gutwein Law

We sat down with Luke Pfeiffer, current Legal Assistant Intern, to get his take on what it's like to work at Gutwein Law. Spoiler: you'll learn a ton (and we think it's pretty fun here, too). If you're interested in becoming a Legal Assistant Intern with Gutwein Law in the future, please send a cover letter and your resume to careers@gutweinlaw.com

Who are you? What are you studying?

My name is Luke Pfeiffer and I’m from West Lafayette, Indiana. I’m a freshman student at Purdue University studying accounting with a pre-law concentration.

What were you looking for in an internship?

Above all else, I was looking to gain exposure to the legal field, and Gutwein Law couldn’t have been a better place.

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The One Document You Should Consider Having Signed Before Terminating an Employee

by Shannon Middleton

Firing or terminating an employee is a natural part of business. It can be uncomfortable, awkward, and certainly not fun. But it can also get a whole lot worse, especially if a former employee brings a lawsuit against you. It can not only be costly, but it can cause unrest among your other employees and customers.

So how do you best protect yourself from lawsuits from terminated employees? Employment separation and release of claims agreements.  We’ll call them separation agreements.

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