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.
Use Personality Assessment for Better Hiring
Hiring has always been a game of odds; particularly in the law profession. 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.
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.
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The next time you notice strong negative feelings surfacing, use your EQ.
How is the challenge of diversity actually playing itself out in the legal profession? Is it just the latest buzzword? Or is it a necessary strategy for improving relations with clients, enhancing innovation and building future business?
The ADA applies to law firms with 15 or more employees. These firms need to review their employment practices to be sure they do not violate the ADA. All firms, however, need to re-evaluate their hiring procedures due to recent guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Law firms tend not to take sexual harassment complaints seriously enough. Firms should investigate an employee’s complaint as meticulously as they would a client’s.
Diversity has become a rallying point for proponents of equality in the workplace. The question is whether diversity programs have a lasting impact on the work climate.
Often, people develop a very narrow understanding of what it means to be a minority or a person of color in this society. We all have stereotypes and prejudices that limit our understanding of people whose race, identity, ethnicity, religion, culture etc. are different than ours.