Many small and medium companies do not have the resources to fund a full time human resources position. Many smaller businesses may have an office manager whose responsibilities also include personnel duties. Companies like this can greatly benefit from legal advice from “on-demand” employment law professionals. Below is a summary of legal services that employment law attorneys can provide to small and medium sized companies. These include:
1. Drafting new employee handbooks or reviewing existing handbooks, thereby assuring that your company has effective personnel and anti-discrimination policies and procedures.
2. Consulting on an as needed basis, answering questions as they arise, and providing you with prompt advice to resolve potential employment problems. Such as, do I need to pay employees for jury duty in New Jersey? Or what are the requirements for military leave under Federal and New Jersey law?
3. Preparing employment law documents including employment contracts, non-compete-non-solicitation, severance/waiver of claims, and confidentiality agreements which can help protect your confidential information and safeguard your business relationships.
4. Training management in handling harassment, discrimination, or retaliation complaints, progressive discipline procedures, reasonable accommodation and interactive protocol.
5. Explaining Family and Medical Leave, (FMLA), Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and other statutory requirements as they apply to your employees.
6. Conducting prompt investigations into complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
Whether you are an employer looking for assistance with employment law issues, or an employee who feels unfairly treated, Fred Shahrooz-Scampato can provide you with the benefit of his over twenty years experience in employment law. His goal is to prevent workplace problems from becoming costly litigation. He can be reached at Scampato@njlaborlaw.com or (908) 301-9095.