A lot of people ask me about why I charge a Consultation Fee of $300. Employment Law is different from other areas of the law. For example, with a traffic accident case, a lawsuit can be filed shortly after the accident. So a number of attorneys provide free consultations to individuals because a decision on filing a lawsuit can be made shortly after.

For people with Employment Law issues, the situation is a lot more complicated. Employment law requires employees and former employees to follow a “process” or protocol in order to address their issues. The purpose of meeting with me is to find out where you are in that required process and what options you may have.

The consultation fee is to make sure that only people who are serious about pursuing a path that may result in a lawsuit meet with me. The fee is also based on my years of training and experience to help guide you to the next steps. You are getting the benefit of my real world experience in employment law and other areas of the law. That is why a Consultation Fee is required.

What policies should your company have in place?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2024 | Business & Commercial Law |

One of the most complex aspects of owning a business is navigating all of the legal matters that come with entrepreneurship and company management. There is much more involved with owning and operating a company outside of having a great idea for a business and launching social media channels. There are important legal and financial decisions you will have to make that will determine the course of your business. It is critical that you shield your interests by having certain types of employment policies in place.

The policies you have in place for your business can add significant value for you and your employees. These policies can provide clarity regarding expectations, and it can make it easier to avoid conflicts and issues that can cost you time and money. It may be helpful to consider putting these policies in place as a type of insurance policy for the long-term health of your business.

Policies that suit the needs of your business

The needs of each business are different. You will benefit from creating policies uniquely tailored to details that are specific to your company, such as the nature of your operations, the roles of your employees and much more. The following are examples of policies that could provide benefit and protection:

  • Policy regarding how your business classifies employees, which determines how they receive payment.
  • Policy regarding the compensation of your employees, including overtime pay, bonuses and more.
  • Policies for time-off requests, leave and other personal matters that may affect an employee’s ability to work.
  • Policy regarding remote work and employees’ requirement for working in the office in-person.
  • Policy for protecting the health and wellness of employees while they are in the workplace and on sick leave.
  • Policy for disciplinary action and how your company will handle issues with employees.
  • Policies for the prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

If you are unsure of how these policies could add value to your business and bring benefit for your employees, it might be helpful to discuss your concerns with an experienced business law professional who can provide insight regarding the protection of your business. An assessment of your Hawaii company can help you understand what steps you need to take to ensure that things run smoothly for the foreseeable future.