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Small Business Employment Lawyers

Running a business can be complicated. Adding employees to the mix can create additional complexity and raise a variety of potential legal issues. LegalShield is here to provide access to employment lawyers with years of experience helping small business owners navigate the complications of being an employer.

Common Employment Law Issues

At some point, any business owner with employees is likely to have legal questions about one or more of the following labour law topics.

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Workers Compensation
  • Unemployment
  • Employment Contracts
  • Wages and Overtime Pay Laws
  • Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If you join LegalShield, you’ll be able to consult with an employment lawyer for an unlimited amount of minutes on an unlimited number of business legal matters, particularly around employee rights. Don’t stress about employment law—call your provider lawyer. 

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It's important to know what you can and cannot do as an employer under the law both when hiring people and when you need to let someone go.

Per the EEOC, employers are forbidden from discriminating against employees on the basis of race, color, sex or gender identity, national origin, age, or disability. If you’re found to have discriminated against people in a protected class or to have created a hostile work environment, your business could face a complaint or even a lawsuit. Either way, it’s important to involve an employment lawyer early on.

Don’t be unprepared or reactive when addressing these types of employment law matters.

small business plan from LegalShield can help you understand your rights and obligations as an employer and help you resolve a dispute if an issue arises. 

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While most employers carry workers' compensation insurance, excessive claims can raise premiums and cause other financial harm to your business.

If an employee files a claim for workers' compensation and the claim is denied, the employee may hire a lawyer to pursue legal action.

Whether you’re dealing with an active claim or just need general legal advice, LegalShield offers an affordable alternative to hiring an employment rights lawyer directly.

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The Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) prohibits employers from discriminating against people with disabilities and creates obligations for employers to make reasonable accommodations for qualified job applicants. Employers have certain legal rights under the act as well.

If you have any questions about the CDA or related federal law compliance issues, join LegalShield today and you can be on the phone with a lawyer in as little as 4 hours after initial contact.

How an Employment Lawyer Can Help Your Small Business

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Get Legal Advice About Employment Law

Whether you have a quick question about employment law or you’re dealing with a complicated workers comp issue, consulting with an experienced lawyer is always a good first step. That said, many small businesses shy away from contacting lawyers because their hourly fees can be cost-prohibitive.

If you’re a LegalShield member, you can consult with an employment lawyer for an unlimited number of minutes on an unlimited number of business legal matters for one low monthly fee. Also, your provider lawyer can draft a letter or make a call on your behalf to seek resolution of employment matters.

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Employment Contracts, Policy Handbooks, Employee Benefits and Other Documents

Another important benefit of a LegalShield membership is that it allows you to have your provider lawyer review documents and draft contracts. Depending on the type of plan you choose, a designated number of document reviews are included each month at no additional charge.

  • Concerned about whether your employment contract is written correctly? Send it to your provider law firm.
  • Have an employee handbook you need reviewed? Upload it through our app.
  • Received a government notice that you can’t decipher? Submit it—it’s included in your fee.

If you need new documents drafted, you can hire your provider lawyer for 25% off their standard hourly rates to save money and get the protection you need.

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Lawyer Representation that Protects Your Business

Even if you or your business has done nothing wrong in your view, disgruntled employees may file a claim for discrimination or an action for wrongful termination. And once a case is filed, you’re forced to defend yourself.

Your provider lawyer can defend you in lawsuits covered under your plan. If you have our SMB Plus or SMB Pro Legal Plans, a designated number of pre-trial and trial hours are included at no additional charge, saving you hundreds of dollars for trial defence. Additional hours are provided under the preferred member discount.

With LegalShield, you’ll rest easy knowing that if the worst-case scenario unfolds and you find yourself in court, you'll have access to a provider lawyer.

Small Business Plans Start at Only $49 Per Month

Speak with a business lawyer in as little as 4 hours after initial contact

Margie Faulk,
LegalShield Member
The response rate of the attorney who contacted me was really impressive by being very quick. He was knowledgeable and made me feel like he was my attorney chatting with me as one professional to a business owner. I have dealt with many employment law attorneys. [This lawyer] was interested in providing me with enough information to resolve my inquiry. It was a very positive experience and I hope I get [Him] again.

LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.

Advice, Consultation, Reserach

Legal consultation from a provider lawyer on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.

Letters or Phone Calls

Receive help with business legal matters more efficiently with professional communications issued on your behalf.

Document Review

Put business-related legal documents through legal review.

Collection Letters

A collection letter from a provider lawyer could help you recoup payments more efficiently.