Human Resources

The Human Resources section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources related to HR and employment issues encountered by small law firms and solo practices. Business issues such as Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting, and Retention are crucial to the long-term success of your law firm. People are among the most valuable business resources. As a small business owner, you need to understand employment issues well enough to make informed decisions and plans that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's collection of articles, tips, and lists that focus on Human Resources.

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    • The Role of Benefits in Your Law Practice

      It's readily apparent to every law firm HR manager. The American workplace is changing. Downsizing and outsourcing have strained the once solid relationship between employers and employees, and created a more mobile, more fluid workforce.

      401k Plans for Small Businesses

      401(k) plans can be a powerful tool in promoting financial security in retirement. They are a valuable option for businesses considering a retirement plan, providing benefits to employees and their employers. Employers start a 401(k) for a host of reasons.


      Use Personality Assessment for Better Hiring

      Hiring has always been a game of odds; particularly in the law profession. We see a candidate's resume, check references and do a face-to-face. Then most of us reach a decision based on a slightly educated hunch. The data on lawyer retention makes it clear how much of a crapshoot hiring really is.

      Leadership Mistakes That Errode Your Firm's Will to Win

      For any team, the only acceptable result should be winning. But all too often, things don't go as planned--and when first this project and then that project veer off course, teams start showing signs of a disease that can kill execution. John Hamm describes how the disease of "failing elegantly" can infect your organization and how to cure it.


      Associates Hop Firms Seeking Partner Track

      With lockstep compensation, annual evaluations, and an "up or out" philosophy, most firms seem to dangle partnership in front of new hires like an inevitable carrot. In fact, many associates will never be offered partnership in the firm, and those who are may have to wait as long as nine years.

      Use Emotional Intelligence When Values Violated at Work

      The next time you notice strong negative feelings surfacing, use your EQ.


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