(NEW YORK) – JVC (Jewelers Vigilance Committee) announced its new legal compliance product, JEM - Jewelers Employment Manual - the latest addition to JVC’s roster of easy-to-use products to help jewelers follow the laws governing their businesses and protect them from lawsuits and other legal actions.
JVC, responding to the recent spike in employee lawsuits and rising financial settlements, developed JEM to educate jewelers about the need to create effective employment policies and programs. In the last decade, employment lawsuits have increased almost 50 percent in federal courts and 40 percent in state courts, with employee settlements each averaging $500,000 plus $250,000 in legal fees. Of lawsuits that go to trial, employees win approximately 67 percent of federal and state court cases.
Guidance for Employers (Handbook, paper)
- A survey of important federal employment laws
- A guide to hiring
- Immigration concerns; employment verification and authorization
- Protecting the good will of your company
- The evaluation process
- Security in the workplace; surveillance and searches
- A guide to termination
- AND MORE.
- e-version of Guidance for Employers, with live links to sample forms and government websites with useful information.
- Sample Employee Handbook, with easy-to-follow instructions for developing a customized version for your company.
- Important Sample Forms, include:
- Employment Application
- At-Will Employment Agreement
- Drug Test Consent Form
- Severance Agreement and Release
- Employment Evaluation
- Dedicated e-mail address for questions about jewelers’ employment programs
- Access to JEM Website and Facebook Support - Updates about Federal and State laws as they become available.
Said Cecilia L. Gardner, JVC’s president and CEO: “Employment lawsuits are very expensive, time-consuming and can be avoided by using JVC’s JEM.
“The average employment lawsuit settlement is $500,000 plus $250,000 in legal fees. Lawsuits are a time-drain, can cause poor employee morale and create negative press for jewelers’ businesses. Jewelers can use JEM to create and implement common sense practices and policies required to avoid lawsuits and support positive work environments.”
“Many jewelers can benefit from JVC’s JEM,” said Joel Schechter, president, Honora Industries, Inc. “It is vital that jewelers be aware of employment practices they are required to implement. JVC’s JEM includes an easy-to-navigate CD with forms and guidance for jewelers to customize for their businesses plus a printed Guidance for Employers Handbook. JEM is concise – it walks jewelers through the steps to establish effective employment practices and includes a dedicated JEM e-mail address for questions.
“Like all JVC products and services, JEM is specifically written for jewelers and moderately-priced at a fraction of the cost of attorney or accountants’ fees. JEM is a win-win for jewelers and the jewelry industry.”
Jewelers Vigilance Committee, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit legal trade association fulfilling its mission to maintain the jewelry industry’s highest ethical standards. JVC offers dispute mediation and arbitration services for trade and consumers, compliance monitoring and precious metals testing, among many other services. JVC, long considered the industry’s guardian of ethics and integrity is a resource for the entire jewelry industry and its customers as well as an industry representative before government agencies, media and adjunct fields. For more information please visit Jewelers Vigilance Committee online at www.jvclegal.org.