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.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 Erode 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. Read on to find out 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.
Compensation for the Attorney "Of Counsel" to Your Law Firm
Assuming a lawyer is properly designated "Of Counsel," are there any restrictions on methods of compensating him or her? See Findlaw's discussion on the subject.How to Effectively Manage Remote Staff
When offered the option, many people will jump at the chance to work remotely, but working remotely brings many new challenges to both the employee and the employer.
Many of us struggle with the simple act of appreciating and complimenting the people around us. On a daily basis, many of us feel awkward or uncomfortable with the simple act of giving or receiving compliments with those around us.
Businesses considering a small gift for employees a turkey or ham or throwing a Christmas party should know if they are taxable. Because a “gift” is often considered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to be compensation, it’s important to note the rules so that your employees are not responsible for paying taxes on their gifts.
Understanding guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on proper hiring procedures is critical for any employer. Read more about how to interview without violating the ADA, and for specific tips on proper and improper questions.
Assuming a lawyer is properly designated "Of Counsel," are there any restrictions on methods of compensating him or her? See Findlaw's discussion on the subject.
Law firms, even "white-shoe" firms, have changed dress codes to reflect the times. In order to dress appropriately, the business casual lawyer should adhere to a few rules.