Human Resources Management and Corporate Legal Program

My goal is to serve as your human resources director and corporate attorney. As your HR and legal resource, I would accomplish the following:  

•  Corporate legal representation and defense. 

•  Human resources consulting including unlimited telephone calls, electronic mail, and management meetings.

•  Management training, employee handbook implementation, staying out of court, remaining union free, and how to maintain and gain competitive advantages.

•  Create your corporate human resources function.     

I will strive to prevent or marginalize the following threats to your business:

 UNIONS:
Strategies, tactics, and management training to maintain your union free advantage. Save more than 30% in additional labor costs by staying union free. Your employment policies and programs should be more competitive than union contracts- offer a better deal to employees- without union dues. 

 WRONGFUL DISCHARGE LAWSUITS:
Some attorneys require more than $ 10,000 up front just to answer a complaint. Depositions are billed to you at your attorney's hourly rate plus expert witness fees, too. Judgments in the hundred thousand dollar range are common. Reinstatement of employment may become a remedy, too. I will strive to avoid and prevent lawsuits.

SAFETY/MIOSHA VIOLATIONS:
Criminal penalties and jail for willful violations by corporate officers. Other than serious safety violations cost employers between $ 500 and $1,000. Serious safety violations- $ 10,000 and more. In severe cases, MIOSHA would have the statutory authority to shut down your business.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND CIVIL RIGHTS:
Civil rights investigators attempt to collect money from employers no matter how frivolous the claim. Employers with no Equal Employment Opportunity policy are already in legal trouble. Discrimination cases are very popular among plaintiff attorneys, who may be able to collect double attorney fees from losing employers. 

WAGE/HOUR VIOLATIONS:  
The USDOL investigates complaints on an anonymous basis from your employees and may conduct a complete audit of your compensation practices- going back 2 years- 3 years if they believe the violations were willful.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS.
The IRS audits for the miss-classification of employees as independent contractors. Independent contract agreements must comply with the IRS 20 question test. 

ILLEGAL WORKERS.
Failure to be in compliance with Homeland Security regulations may cost employers over $ 1,000 per violation. You must have I-9 forms and related proof of citizenship and the right to work on file for every employee.  

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST and UNFAIR COMPETITION.  
Effective non-competition agreements can protect your company. Protect your customer lists, pricing policies, business procedures, and other trade secrets.

COMPUTERS, E-MAIL, and the INTERNET.
Improper use of your electronic media can cost your customers and business. The 4th Amendment protects employee privacy. Therefore, you must have a written policy to search your own computers and implement a computer forensics program. 

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CLAIMS:
How to reduce your exposure to unemployment claims and related liability.

PROPERTY TAXES.
Review of assessment notices and property record cards to determine if your property is properly assessed and if there are legal grounds for lowering your property taxes.

My goal is to establish or enhance the corporate legal/HR function for your organization. I look forward to formulating a specific program and retainer agreement to meet your specific organizational needs. I will help you to stay in business, out of court, away from governmental interference, and union free.   

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