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Legal Advice on Employment & Small Business Matters

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.

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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 lawyer 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 lawyer can draft a letter or make a call on your behalf to seek resolution of employment matters.

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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 lawyer 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 lawyer for 25% off their standard hourly rates to save money and get the protection you need.

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Lawyer 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 lawyer 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 lawyer.

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Common Employment Law issues

If you join LegalShield, you’ll be able to consult with an employment lawyer for an unlimited amount of minutes on an unlimited number of business legal matters. Don’t stress and guess about employment law, call your provider lawyer. Select a topic to learn more:

Hiring & firing

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.

A Small Business Plan from LegalShield can help you understand your rights and obligations as an employer and help you resolve a dispute if an issue arises.

Workers’ Comp

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 a lawyer 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 lawyer 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 a lawyer.

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How LegalShield works

Finding solutions to your legal issues doesn’t have to be stressful, complicated or expensive. LegalShield puts the power of legal representation within reach of any individual, family, or business. We work hard to make it easy, simple, and affordable to get the legal help you need, when you need it.

Frequently asked questions

What is a pre-paid legal plan and how does it work?

Instead of paying a lawyer by the hour, you pay a small fee (starting at $24.95/month for personal and $49/month for small business) and have access to an independent lawyer that will provide a huge variety of legal services without a huge legal bill. Services like consultation with a lawyer, document review, drafting of debt collection letters and defense at civil trials are included as standard benefits. Using the plan just once can save you literally thousands of dollars.

Using the plan is as simple as signing up and contacting our team. Once you’re a member, customer support will connect you with an independent lawyer in your area who specializes in the specific legal issue with which you need help. Also, you can download our super-simple app to quickly access your legal benefits and member perks anytime.

How long after I join can I use the plan?

You can use your plan as soon as your membership application is reviewed and your account is set up. The review process takes 12-24 hours (or less) from the moment you purchase your plan (on regular business days). Once accepted, you can be in contact with a lawyer and begin to use the plan benefits and member perks outlined in the membership agreement right away.

How much can I save with a membership?

The average lawyer in the U.S. charges between $150-$400 per hour. If you use your membership for even just a few hours a year you could easily save over $1,000. If you have a bunch of small legal issues or one rather complicated issue, you can easily save multiple thousands of dollars over hiring a lawyer directly. Not to mention the stress you’ll save by having a lawyer on call instead of trying to handle legal issues yourself.

Also, the lawyers in our network often help our members recover thousands of dollars of damages or avoid thousands of dollars in fees over what they would have experienced had they tried to resolve the legal issue themselves. Obviously, every member and usage situation is different, but when used correctly, your membership can easily save significant amounts of money. Not to mention savings from our member perks.