Austin Legal represents employers in the niche areas of labor, employment, and OSHA. The companies that Austin Legal represents range in size from only a few employees to several hundred employees or more. Common to the smallest and largest company that Austin Legal represents – and each one in between – is that every company has employees and are subject to complex labor, employment, and OSHA laws and regulations.
Successful companies use legal services on a regular basis to minimize risk, educate personnel, and operate within the bounds of laws that are always changing. Large corporations have employees who are in-house attorneys on the company payroll. These in-house attorneys provide niche specific advice as needed without incurring unpredictable outside legal expenses. Even labor unions use members’ dues to have union-friendly law firms on retainer in most every major city. Austin Legal delivers unlimited access to a labor, employment, and OSHA attorney through its Concierge Legal Services program.
Since labor, employment, and OSHA laws affect every employee every day at every company, clients of all sizes enjoy Austin Legal’s Concierge Legal Services. For a modest flat fee, clients can call or email Matt Austin as many times as they like for answers to labor, employment, and OSHA questions. Business owners, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals have the ability to ask any questions they want whenever they want to ask them without first deciding whether the question is “too small” to ask a lawyer or wonder “how much the lawyer will charge” to answer the question. No long legal memos or unknown partners billing to review anything. Just quick answers to pressing questions.
Austin Legal started its Concierge Legal Services for two main reasons. First, Matt Austin hates keeping track of time and billing clients as much as clients hate getting bills from Austin Legal. The Concierge Legal Services eliminates much of the time and cost spent recording time, billing clients, and keeping track of accounts receivables. As a result, Concierge Legal Services clients do not receive a bill from Austin Legal itemizing each telephone call, email, review of client documents, or time spent researching. Those types of bills are for other firms to send to their clients.
Second, clients enjoy having a set monthly fee to budget for labor, employment, and OSHA legal services. A set fee encourages companies to consult with attorneys instead of only getting lawyers involved after something goes wrong. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Austin Legal would rather help clients prevent litigation than defend clients faced with litigation. Litigation is expensive – typically costing at least $100,000 for defense of a simple employment lawsuit through trial. Matt Austin has personally seen where companies purposefully do not have attorneys review legal issues because of fear of how much the legal review will cost only to be forced to pay much more because of an error that an attorney could have caught. Austin Legal’s Concierge Legal Services is designed to prevent those unnecessary and unexpected expenses.
If you have employees, you need Austin Legal’s Concierge Legal Services. The following are some labor and employment law terms. Most companies do not know what each of these terms mean, whether they apply to their workforces, and how they interact with other laws. That stuff is for attorneys to know – but do you really want to pay an attorney by the hour to tell you what these maxims mean?
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Document Retention
- Equal Employment Opp. Commission (EEOC)
- Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA)
- Hostile Work Environment
- Independent Contractor
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
- Minors in the Workplace
- Negligent Hiring
- Negligent Retention
- Negligent Supervision
- Occupational Safety and Hygiene Act (OSHA)
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Prevailing Wage
- Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
- Polygraph Protection Act (PPA)
- Reduction in Force
- Social Media at Work
- Title VII
- Wrongful Discharge
- Worker Adjustment and Relocation Act (WARN)
Many of the documents that Austin Legal’s Concierge Legal Services review are routine documents for labor, employment, and OSHA attorneys, but seem convoluted and overly-legal for most business owners. For example:
- Corporate Handbooks
- Employment Applications
- Employment Contracts
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- OSHA Safety Manuals
- Prevailing Wage Reports
- Severance Agreements
- Offer Letters
- Collective Bargaining Agreements
- Personnel Files
- Disciplinary Documents
- Temporary Employment Contracts
- Charges of Discrimination
- Unemployment Claims
- Unfair Labor Practice Charges
- OSHA Form 300, 300A, and 301
- OFCCP Reports
- Many Others
Austin Legal’s Concierge Legal Services are conveniently separated into two levels. Employers choose which option best fits their company and changing from one option to the other is easily done as the needs of the company change. The options are priced to encourage companies to frequently use the knowledge and skill of Austin Legal each month. In fact, Concierge Legal Services clients who utilize the program just a few hours each month save money compared to a bill-by-the-hour arrangement.
Option A $500/Month | Employers have unlimited access to Austin Legal to ask every question they have, whenever they have it. This option is best utilized by small companies. For example, companies that do not have a dedicated human resource professional, or companies that have labor, employment, or OSHA related questions each month but do not want to pay an attorney by the hour to answer their questions enjoy this Option.
Option B $1,000/Month | Employers enjoy the same benefits of Option 1, plus Austin Legal will review as many documents as the employer wants reviewed. Companies that enjoy this option typically have a dedicated human resource professional or in-house legal counsel. They tend to have somewhat regular turn over, which requires them to routinely hire and fire employees, investigate employees, place employees on performance improvement plans, and enter into employment contracts with high level employees or independent contractors.
Bonus Discount Fees | Every company the utilizes either Option 1 or Option 2 enjoy a 20% discount on legal fees, if Austin Legal is retained to represent the company in a legal matter. No matter how diligent companies are in making sure they do the right thing, there is no guarantee that a Charge of Discrimination, union organizing drive, law suit, or other event requiring labor, employment, or OSHA legal representation will not occur. After all, anyone can sue anyone for anything. It’s how well prepared employers are to defend a lawsuit that matter. This bonus provides companies with the peace of mind to know that if they need legal representation, they will receive quality representation below market rate with a competent attorney who knows their businesses.
Overall, Austin Legal Concierge Legal Services clients consult with an attorney more frequently than they otherwise would if they had to pay for each consultation. These regular conferences reduce the risk of financial exposure for the clients and allows management personnel to focus on running the company uninhibitedly. Concierge Legal Services clients also develop strong, lasting relationships with attorneys whose interests are aligned with what is best for the client instead of attorneys whose interests are focused on billing by the hour. Truly a win-win relationship that is set up to last for many years.
Contact Austin Legal to sign up for Concierge Legal Services in labor, employment, and OSHA law. Our partnership will help protect your company.