Employment Law Paralegal

 

You spend a good portion of your life at work. Issues arise. Your paycheck consistently reflects less compensation than you are owed. You are bullied by co-workers or a supervisor. You are discriminated against because of your gender. An employee is in violation of office policy and must receive disciplinary action. You, the employer, want to make sure you are complying with federal laws. These are just some of the real-life issues that employees and employers face each day. Sometimes, employees are pushed to the point where they believe they need to seek legal counsel. At other times, employers seek counsel to remedy an employee problem. Employment Law is the area of law that comes to the aid of both employer and employee.   

Employment Law – A Definition

Employment Law covers an expansive range of issues and conflicts that occur between an employer and an employee.    

General Focus of Employment Law

Employer:

  • Inform employer of rights and responsibilities
  • Human Resource policies and practices
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Workplace investigations
  • Disciplinary action and termination
  • Compliance with federal law
  • Workplace harassment
  • Employment at-will/wrongful discharge
  • Severance agreements
  • Unemployment compensation claims

Employee:

  • Inform employee of rights and responsibilities
  • Employment discrimination (Race, Gender, Age, Disability, Religion, National Origin)
  • Hostile environment, such as sexual harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Contract violations
  • Whistle blower retaliation
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Wrongful discharge

Role of Employment Law Paralegal

The specific job tasks of the paralegal depend on the specific office; however, the following tasks might be performed under the direct supervision of an attorney:

  • Prepare basic pleadings
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents
  • Draft responses to EEOC and state agency charges
  • Conduct legal research on various employment, labor and benefit law issues
  • Respond to subpoenas and document requests
  • Compile, organize and index discovery
  • Attend settlement conferences and agency meetings
  • File court documents electronically or physically
  • Assist with employment, labor, benefits and immigration issues
  • Assist with immigration compliance, including work permits and visas
  • Assist with company investigations and personnel-related problems

What you need!

A law-related knowledge base and paralegal skill set is imperative. A Paralegal Certificate and national certification (www.nala.org) is highly beneficial!

AIPS 100% Online Paralegal Certificate Program

  • Applicable and relevant curriculum designed for you!
  • Business Law
  • Legal Research
  • Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Workshops: Lexis, Ethics, Law Office Skills, Administrative Law, Writing, Citation, Judgment & Analysis
  • CP (Certified Paralegal) Test Prep Course for NALA CP Exam

Apply, today!