workplace law. Companies are also expected to always be updated regarding these employment laws, which is quite easy for companies with an in house team of experts on workplace laws or an entire legal department. But for smaller businesses, handling concerns regarding employment laws can be quite daunting.
For a number of businesses, getting advice on employment laws from a service provider has turned out to be a smart move. They not only save on costs, time and energy that would otherwise be expended by an in house legal team, but they also do away with the constant demand to train and update current legal department employees and to train the department’s new hires. A service provider would be able to do this for them.
One of the great things about outsourcing this task is that aside from getting advice from experts who are updated on the existing laws and savings on time and costs, you also get timely delivery of services, regardless of holidays, leaves and extended weekends.
The first concern of any company, of course, is getting the best advice on an employer’s obligations and rights under the current workplace law. A good service provider should be able to handle issues concerning compliance, health and safety, employment laws, environmental management, as well as providing consultation, support services and training.
And the legal team should be composed of experts on labor laws, with the training, education and experience that suit the job. If your company has a particular issue that is often in need of legal advice, you might want to consider a service provider that specializes on that particular issue.
However, make sure that you are not getting just legal jargon from your service provider; you should be furnished with as much clarification and assistance as needed. And the legal advice should be proactive and practical.
During hiring and onboarding of new hires, you will need a legal team to give you sound advice on instances such as managing and implementing employment contracts, designating awards and salary rates, contract revisions, developing and updating policies and updating enterprise agreements in relation to changes in federal and state laws and hiring independent contractors.
Sound advice from a legal team is also crucial when preparing for, drafting and implementing an enterprise agreement. A workplace laws service provider should be able to guide you during negotiations, writing of the draft and lodging of the enterprise agreement.
For compliance with existing workplace law, a good legal team is also crucial. The service provider should provide you with a good system that keeps the company updated on changes in state and federal workplace laws as well as guidance on how to manage liability and protect the company and its employees. The newer laws, in particular, may have complex and new requirements that you need to address, with of course, the help of a legal team, particularly one that has experience and training on industrial relations.