Employment Law

If you have employees, you need an employment lawyer. From hiring your first employee to managing many, an employment lawyer can help ensure the relationships run as smoothly as possible and troubleshoot when necessary. Priori is committed to helping you find the right lawyer to handle your employment needs.

Federal Employment Law

Employment laws are fractured in an alphabet soup of statutory and regulatory acts--FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, OSHA, COBRA, to name a few. Therefore, it’s always important to have an employment lawyer who understands your business and can counsel you through the legal issues you may face on a day-to-day basis, including employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employee handbooks and benefits, discrimination and harassment, workers’ compensation, taxes and employment litigation.

 

How you define and distinguish full-time employees from independent contractors, part-time employees, interns and volunteers has a dramatic impact on a worker’s rights and the company’s obligations to that worker. Misclassification can lead to significant costs owed to workers, as well as to the federal and state governments. 

Having a well-crafted employment agreement provides long-term protection for both you and your employees. Your employment agreement will memorialize expectations and obligations that will likely prove valuable should a dispute arise. 

While terminating an employee is never pleasant, implementing a severance agreement can provide peace of mind that your business won’t face a costly lawsuit. A severance agreement gives something of value to an employee that he or she is not otherwise entitled to, such as additional compensation or benefits, in exchange for voluntarily agreeing not to bring suit. 

An employee handbook is a manual that sets forth your business’s rules and policies.  It, therefore, establishes the mutual expectations between you and your employees. Employee handbooks are valuable for every business, no matter how small because they detail the company’s policies, procedures and benefits. 

Workplace discrimination and harassment occur when an employee suffers from unfavorable, unfair or unwelcome treatment in the workplace. Whether or not the discrimination and harassment accusations are true, you must handle the situation carefully. The employer is responsible for having policies and procedures in place to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Mishandling a harassment or discrimination claim can lead to costly legal battles and government investigation, as well as disrupt the work environment. 

When disputes between employers and employees cannot be prevented or avoided, it may give rise to litigation. It’s important for both parties to not only seek a lawyer with litigation experience but one who has specific experience handling employment litigation matters. Whether through the courts, administrative agencies or settlement, an experienced employment litigator provides the best chance to successfully resolve a dispute.

Every employer is required to withhold “payroll” or “employment” taxes from their employee. These include Federal Income Tax, Social Security Tax, Medicare Tax, State Income Tax and various other local taxes. An employer is required to collect, account for and pay taxes that are withheld from employees’ wages to the IRS. Any failure to properly withhold and timely pay is a serious violation of tax code and authorizes the IRS to forcibly collect the tax due and levy substantial penalties and accrued interest. 

Pricing

Priori can connect you with a network of vetted employment lawyers at their most competitive rates. The hourly rates for Priori lawyers who handle employment matters range from as low as $188 per hour to $450 per hour. Moreover, Priori lawyers offer transparent flat fee packages for most employment matters ranging from $205 for drafting an offer letter to $11,250 for a comprehensive compliance review for a company with 200+ employees. Put in a free request to get a better sense of how lawyers would charge for your particular issue or concern.

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