Before I embark on this topic, it probably makes sense to get past a little of the “mystery” that surrounds the legal profession. As I’ve written before, a company policy is not a law. Without any intention to offer legal advice in any form to the reader, I will offer a few basic concepts that non-lawyers who are responsible for hiring people need to understand. Why? Because we need to demystify the law just a little so there can be a rudimentary understanding of the legal issues that can swirl around the hiring process.
While some of the examples may seem unrelated to hiring, they, nevertheless, illustrate an important legal concept employers need to understand. So, let’s start at the very beginning: there are really only two types of legal actions that people who hire other people need to understand: crimes and civil wrongs. (Stay tuned!)