Small Business Employment Attorneys
Running a business can be complicated. Adding employees to the mix can create additional complexity and raise a variety of potential legal issues. LegalShield is here to provide access to employment lawyers with years of experience helping small business owners navigate the complications of being an employer.
Common Employment Law Issues
At some point, any business owner with employees is likely to have legal questions about one or more of the following labor law topics.
- Hiring and Firing
- Employee Handbooks
- Workers Compensation
- Americans With Disabilities Act & Other Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) laws
- Employment Contracts
- Wages and Overtime Pay Laws
- Sexual Harassment Claims
- OSHA & Workplace Safety Standards
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
If you join LegalShield, you’ll be able to consult with an employment attorney for an unlimited amount of minutes on an unlimited number of business legal matters, particularly around employee rights. Don’t stress about employment law—call your provider attorney.
It's important to know what you can and cannot do as an employer under the law both when hiring people and when you need to let someone go.
Per the EEOC, employers are forbidden from discriminating against employees on the basis of race, color, sex or gender identity, national origin, age, or disability. If you’re found to have discriminated against people in a protected class or to have created a hostile work environment, your business could face a complaint or even a lawsuit. Either way, it’s important to involve an employment lawyer early on.
Don’t be unprepared or reactive when addressing these types of employment law matters.
While most employers carry workers compensation insurance, excessive claims can raise premiums and cause other financial harm to your business.
If an employee files a claim for workers compensation and the claim is denied, the employee may hire an attorney to pursue legal action.
Whether you’re dealing with an active claim or just need general legal advice, LegalShield offers an affordable alternative to hiring an employer rights attorney directly.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against people with disabilities and creates obligations for employers to make reasonable accommodations for qualified job applicants. Employers have certain legal rights under the act as well.
If you have any questions about the ADA or related federal law compliance issues, join LegalShield today and you can be on the phone with an attorney in as little as 4 hours.
Get Legal Advice About Employment Law
Whether you have a quick question about employment law or you’re dealing with a complicated workers comp issue, consulting with an experienced attorney is always a good first step. That said, many small businesses shy away from contacting lawyers because their hourly fees can be cost prohibitive.
If you’re a LegalShield member, you can consult with an employment lawyer for an unlimited number of minutes on an unlimited number of business legal matters for one low monthly fee. Also, your provider attorney can draft a letter or make a call on your behalf to seek resolution of employment matters.
Employment Contracts, Policy Handbooks, Employee Benefits and Other Documents
Another important benefit of a LegalShield membership is that it allows you to have your provider attorney review documents and draft contracts. Depending on the type of plan you choose, a designated number of document reviews are included each month at no additional charge.
- Concerned about whether your employment contract is written correctly? Send it to your provider law firm.
- Have an employee handbook you need reviewed? Upload it through our app.
- Received a government notice that you can’t decipher? Submit it - it’s included in your fee.
If you need new documents drafted, you can hire your provider attorney for 25% off their standard hourly rates to save money and get the protection you need.
Attorney Representation that Protects Your Business
Even if you or your business has done nothing wrong in your view, disgruntled employees may file a claim for discrimination or an action for wrongful termination. And once a case is filed, you’re forced to defend yourself.
Your provider attorney can defend you in lawsuits covered under your plan. If you have our Small Business Legal Plus or Small Business Legal Pro Plans, an additional trial defense add-on for only $14.95/month is available, saving you hundreds of dollars for trial defense. Additional hours are available under the 25% off preferred member discount.
With LegalShield, you’ll rest easy knowing that if the worst-case scenario unfolds and you find yourself in court, you'll have access to a provider attorney.
Key Features of Our Small Business Legal Plans
LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.
Legal consultation from a provider attorney on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.
Receive help with business legal matters efficiently with professional communications issued on your behalf.
Put business-related legal documents through legal review.
A collection letter from a provider attorney could help you recoup payments more efficiently.