What are the Different Types of Employment Law Services?

Daphne Mallory

Employment law services are offered by lawyers, legal organizations, and consultants in the area of employment law. There’s often a charge for those services, but some organizations are funded by government agencies or the public to offer free or low-cost service. Some employment law services include negotiations, employment law arbitration and mediation, and counseling on government regulations and compliance, as well as representation before various administrative bodies. Companies often seek these services to keep up with constant changes in regional and national laws. Employees often acquire those services when their employment is terminated, when there’s a dispute between themselves and their employers, or for help negotiating better pay or an improved work environment.

Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone
Businesswoman talking on a mobile phone

Employees who are under contract often cannot be terminated unless the employer has good reason. An employer who fails to provide a reason for termination is often faced with a legal battle from an employee suing for wrongful termination. Employment law services can often help both sides resolve the legal dispute. The employer can acquire those services to represent him in arbitration, mediation, or court or to help negotiate a severance or settlement with the employee. The employee can acquire those services for the same reasons, and there are a number of organizations that may be willing to help for free.

When employers need help establishing workplace procedures and policies that comply with regional and national laws, they can often solicit the help of consultants or lawyers who provide employment law services. For example, an employer may need help drafting over-time policies that are not discriminatory or interfere with certain worker rights. A consultant or attorney can recommend an appropriate policy that will avoid legal pitfalls. If there is a future dispute about policies or procedures that require the employer to appear before a government administrative body, those providing employment law services can also often provide legal representation. They can usually reach a settlement with the employee prior to the completion of an administrative or other trial.

A critical component of employment law services is training services. Employers are often trained in effective employee relations, which often helps to prevent disputes in the first place. Supervisors, managers, and key personnel are often trained in the legal requirements that pertain to the workplace environment and to their roles as representing the employer. Training often helps employer representatives to spot problems ahead of time and to alert the employer so that legal disputes can be avoided.

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