Does Hiring an Employment Attorney Makes Sense?

by : Lala C. Ballatan

Should you need the professional assistance of an employmentattorney in order to manage employment matters and disputes in your company,positively?

…And that is the question most employers, at one point intime, may ask themselves.

And to answer such question, indeed, it is quite sensible toretain the services of an experienced employment attorney. Why so? If you arean employer, it is but expected of you to pay attention to more pressingmatters concerning your business operation other than occupying your time,effort and concern with problems regarding your employees.

Even if you are too conscientious and cannot help but careand go the extra mile in order to resolve employment matters, occasionally youneed to get the help from a lawyer who has expertise on these matters.

While you can handle simple employment concerns and issuesbeing raised by your employees very well on your own, still there are trickyissues that may come up that requires legal proficiency.

If you are employing people to work for your business, it isall very well that you are aware and knowledgeable of the employment law in thestate governing your company. However, with the continuous changes in thestandards of employment, the law involving employment matters can change prettyfast, too.

However, you need not consult with an attorney every timeyou schedule for an evaluation of your employees and discipline them orterminate their employment. Not every employment – related decision or mattersyou need to make or settle require the assistance of an employment lawyer.

Here are several employment-related situations and issues inyour business wherein bringing in an expert legal assistance can decidedly beconsidered a great help.

  1. Reviewing employment-related documents
    • Employment contracts and/or agreements – quick appraisal and troubleshooting of agreements being used routinely by your company with your employees, checking if all the pertinent legal terms are contained in these agreements/contracts and could be imposed by any court, advising on the proper time when you can use the employment-related contracts.
    • ?Handbooks and policies – meticulous legal review of your employee handbook and/or policies for personal, make sure your employment policies are within the acceptable bounds of the law, advise on considering other policies to impose
  1. Counseling about employment decisions
    • Firing – qualified legal advice before firing an employee for any reason, review decision of terminating employment based on lawful situations
    • Other significant decisions – analyze whatever decision affecting many employees like laying off, changing pension plans, discontinuing a certain employee benefit, caution you about legal pitfalls you may likely face due to a decision, give advice on how to avoid these risks
  1. Administrative or legal proceedings representation
    • Lawsuits – guide you in taking certain actions quickly, make sure your rights as employer are protected, and help you preserve important evidence to use in court, if it becomes necessary, immediately prepare a legal response to the lawful filed against you, as courts usually require.
    • Complaints and claims – legal advice on the strong suit of the claim made by your employee, guide on preparation of response to employee's charge, guide on handling investigation by an agency, presenting evidence during administrative hearing.

Employment matters can become complex when taken to court orother legal proceedings. It may be a wise decision and may save you a lot toseek out the expertise of a lawyer from time to time especially in situationsaforementioned, instead of dealing with them by your own capacity.

As they say, let the experts deal with it!

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