One of the most difficult challenges for employers is dealing with a broad and continually growing field of employment-related claims ranging from sexual harassment and discrimination to wrongful termination. Our objective at Harman Law is to provide employment counseling and implement other preemptive measures to avoid or minimize litigation by resolving matters at the earliest opportunity and in the best interest of our clients.
When litigation is necessary, our employment defense team rigorously defends our clients to provide the best possible outcome. Our litigation expertise and preventive counseling help our clients avoid the consequences and costs of extensive and unnecessary conflict and dispute management. However, our employment defense attorneys have shown a willingness to take matters to trial if warranted. Our experience and ability to take matters to trial results in more favorable settlement opportunities for clients.
Employment Defense Matters We Handle
Our team of experienced employment lawyers has helped business owners, operations directors, and human resources professionals with their employment questions and matters. We are prepared to help you with the following:
We counsel our clients to ensure that they comply with the laws related to hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, compensation, harassment, substance abuse, wage and hour, affirmative action, and contracts with independent contractors. Our counseling to clients helps ensure that the workplace is free of discrimination and harassment. We also ensure that our clients provide a workplace that maintains effective policies for hiring and discipline.
Our trial lawyers defend employers in litigation initiated in both state and federal courts, both at the trial court and appellate court level. We also represent employers in proceedings in both federal and state agencies such as the EEOC(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), the NLRB(National Labor Relations Board), The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, The Department of Labor, and the Department of Industrial Relations.
Our effective litigation defense philosophy is based on pre-trial practices that include strategically planned and well-crafted motions that can resolve the case before trial. These motions allow us to narrow the issues being litigated and allow for the removal of the clutter and assist the jury in rendering a verdict favorable to our clients.
We also provide cost-effective results by carefully assessing the case risks from the beginning, and strategically allocating the resources so that the money is only spent where it will be most beneficial. Our winning track record provides our team with the credibility that allows us to achieve discounted settlements for our clients.
human resources counseling
We provide legal counseling to human resources managers and departments. This effective counseling ensures compliance with all federal, state, county and municipal laws and regulations to prevent the cost and risk related to non-compliance. Our counseling encompasses legal guidance with drafting and revising employee handbooks and operation manuals, employee agreements human resources department creation and development, personnel files, I-9 completion and immigration employment authorization, worker classifications, overtime and rests compliance, Worker’s Compensation and Disability, recruitment, interview and hiring procedures, job application and investigations(including Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements), separation agreements, and terminations.
Other Areas of Employer Counseling
We also provide counseling in the following areas:
Our experienced attorneys at Harman Law understand the difficulties and problems that employers face. We provide counseling on audit, litigation avoidance strategies, and all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. If litigation is necessary, we handle matters from the initial employee complaint to high stakes class actions. We have extensive experience and a successful track record of representing employers in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, mediation, and before administrative agencies.
Representing Uninsured Employers In Workers’ Compensation Claims
North Carolina employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage according to the requirements set forth under state statutes. Those who fail to do so put themselves at risk for substantial fines, civil suits, and other consequences.
Why Do I Need An Attorney To Represent Me?
Workers’ compensation claims can make small business owners nervous, particularly those who do not have insurance. Most of the clients our firm represents are small businesses and sole proprietors, who do not have any experience with prior claims. As a fellow small business, we understand what it’s like to not always have the same resources as large companies. That’s why our firm typically offers representation for non-insured companies in workers’ compensation claims for reasonable flat-fees.
If you are an uninsured employer who needs legal guidance or representation for a claim made against you by an employee, we recommend that you contact the workers’ compensation defense lawyers at Harman Law as soon as possible. In addition to potential liability for the underlying injury claim, the Industrial Commission will very likely issue penalties against you for your failure to have workers’ compensation insurance. These penalties are regularly tens of thousands of dollars. An attorney will likely be able to reach a more favorable resolution to the injury claim and may be able to have the penalty drastically reduced or even waived.
Harman Law Can Help!
The employment defense lawyers of Harman Law deliver honest, authentic, and effective legal counsel for North Carolina employers. Our experience and track record ensure that employers have taken all the necessary preventive measures to avoid disputes and conflicts. If litigation is needed and warranted, we will work to make sure our clients receive the most favorable outcome possible.
Our team provides employment counseling and litigation services to every type of business from large corporations to start-ups and non-profits. Our litigation expertise and preventive counseling and training save employers thousands of dollars of unnecessary costs associated with conflicts and disputes. Also, we assist with periodic reviews of policies and practices as well as provide training to assure compliance with constantly changing laws. Contact us to find out how we can assist you!