Florida Employment Consultation Attorney
Employment Rights Consultations and Consultation Fees
I have developed a particular way that I handle employment consultations. Based on my 20 plus years of experience advising thousands of workers and employers about their rights in the workplace, I have established methods that allow me to provide the best advice possible whether you are an employer contemplating terminating an employee, or whether you are an employee who feels that you are about to get terminated. I do charge a fee for all employment consultations for employers.
As for employees, I may or may not charge a fee depending on the type of case you have. When you call my office, you will first speak with my intake clerk and provide some general information. Once my clerk receives this information, she will submit it to me for review. Once I review your situation, either my intake clerk will call you back, or I may call you back myself. Depending on my schedule, this can take as little as a few minutes or possibly up to 24 hours. Whether you are an employer or an employee, if you would like to bypass my intake clerk and speak to me directly, you can arrange to have a paid telephonic consultation. Depending on my schedule, I may be available immediately. If not, my intake clerk will call you to schedule the consultation. Contact our Florida employment consultation attorneys at any time.
Why do you charge a fee?
When you book an employment consultation with me, you will know that your story will be heard and that I will take the time to consider all the facts, and that you will get sound advice on your rights and your options. I will discuss with you the potential legal pitfalls that the facts of your case may cause. I get a lot of calls from both employers and employees wanting to speak to me to ask “one question” promising that “it will only take a minute.” I can honestly say that I have yet to answer just one question from someone. One question usually turns into several questions. Likewise, I can’t think of many questions that I have answered for workers or businesses that have taken just one minute. If I took everyone’s phone call and answered everyone’s “one question,” I wouldn’t have any time to work on the cases that I do have. Let’s be honest, if your question is very simple, it is likely that you don’t need an attorney or that a Google search will provide the answer that you are looking for.
How Long Does it Take?
Typically, my consultations will take between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the situation. Because you are paying for my time, I will take the time to get to know the issues you are facing, advise you of your rights, and advise you of the best strategies to protect yourself or your company. For many people, some consultation and advice will be all they need in order to protect their employment or company’s rights. If I determine that you will also benefit from ongoing representation after hearing about your case, I will recommend a fee structure and determine the appropriate scope of representation based on a meaningful understanding of your situation. For some types of situations, I may be able to offer a contingency fee (“no fee unless there is a recovery”) arrangement. For other situations it may make more sense to work on an hourly or flat rate.
Through an employment consultation, I often provide advice on rights under Florida and federal law, rights with the EEOC, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and several other types of employment law issues. Based on my experience, I will advise on the many benefits available to you and how to get them: for instance, how to approach a denial of medical leave, how to file for unemployment or appeal a denial of benefits, or maybe just the best way to report workplace misconduct while protecting yourself from retaliation. Simply stated I will put my years of experience to work for you.
Many employees come to me seeking advice about their legal rights after they have been terminated. If you feel that you are about to get terminated, now is the time to talk to an attorney. It’s very possible that I can provide you a strategy that could help you to retain your job; or at the very least I can help you to retain certain rights that you may otherwise relinquish by doing nothing.
Many employees ask me to review severance agreements. This is a service that I can provide on an hourly basis. I can review most severance agreements and answer all of your questions within a one hour consultation. Severance agreements vary and can contain many different types of restrictions and obligations. You need to know what you are signing before you sign it! We can discuss further representation after the consultation, which would likely include negotiating additional severance or benefits on your behalf, if appropriate.
Many employers ask me advice about disciplining or terminating an employee. It is very important that employers understand employment laws before these types of decisions are made. There are strategies that can be implemented with regard to problem employees that all employers should know about. It may be appropriate to offer an employee severance in exchange for a release of all claims. I can help employers draft a severance agreement and advise the employer precisely how to approach that employee. The drafting of a severance agreement is done on an hourly basis.
Ultimately, your career and your professional reputation are the most valuable possessions you own. It only makes sense to engage a legal professional and make sure your rights are respected. If not, you could be giving up claims you didn’t even know you had.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with the employment attorneys at Robert S. Norell, P.A.
If you are interested in a 1-hour question and answer session, please call or submit a contact form. An intake clerk will call you right away for further information and to schedule a time for the call. Our Florida employment consultation attorney can provide all the information you need.