Advice and Counseling
In addition to representing clients in litigation, we provide advice and counseling on workplace issues. Typical of the questions we field every day are these:
• Can I fire Old Joe, and what are the risks if I do?
• We are ready to terminate an employee with a hot temper. How do we protect our employees from violence?
• We have reason to believe that one of our employees has his hand in the till, what do we do?
• Our employee handbook hasn't been reviewed for years and we think we need help drafting and implementing several new policies. Can you help?
• Nearly a year ago one of our employees was injured on the job. He hasn't come back to work yet. Can we terminate his employment and get him off of our records?
• Management believes that a supervisor and her subordinate are dating. Can we adopt a "no fraternization" policy?
• We really want to be a drug-free workplace. Can we implement random drug testing in our warehouse?
In taking calls from clients, and in responding to questions like those above, our lawyers are providing one of our most important client services.
Our Four-Point Philosophy
1. CALL US.
We encourage clients to be proactive in consulting with us as soon as a situation begins developing. Often, helpful telephone advice, early on, can avoid costly litigation later.
2. ANY TIME.
We recognize that our employer clients often have urgent needs. So, we freely give our clients all of our contact information, including home and cell phone numbers. We want to respond promptly to whatever workplace challenge may arise, whenever the crisis comes.
3. WE KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Our lawyers have the knowledge to advise clients about the law, and the experience to recommend practical options, while on the telephone. Only in the most unusual cases is it necessary for us to conduct research before beginning to assist a client over the telephone.
4. IF ONE OF US CAN'T HELP YOU,
ANOTHER ONE WILL.
We work to be sure that every client has a working relationship with at least two of our attorneys. That way, if one is tied up at trial or in a deposition, the other can jump right in to help. And, if it's no go with the two you know, we have another knowledgeable lawyer who'll help you out, right away.