Eployment Law Indianapolis The DeBrota Law Firm LLC

Human Resources Legal Counsel

Human Resources Legal CounselIf you are an employer who would like to improve your employment policies and procedures, help your workplace run more smoothly, retain good employees and decrease the likelihood of disruptions due to employment-related litigation, contact Ms. DeBrota about Human Resources Legal Counsel services. Depending upon the nature of the consultation needed, fees can be either hourly or on a project basis.

Our consulting services include drafting, review and revisions of employment related policies and manuals, as well as, employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and manager training. A relatively small investment into improving your employment policies and procedures can create and maintain good will with your employees and save your company or organization a great deal of money and time in the long run.

How We Can Help

Policies and Procedures

  • Complaint Investigation and Response
  • Documentation
  • Recordkeeping
  • Hiring Practices
  • Promotion Practices
  • Disciplinary Steps
  • Grievance Procedure
  • Termination Management
  • Overtime Issues
  • Affirmative Action Plans
  • Arbitration and Mediation

Forms

  • ADA Accomodation Request
  • FMLA Request
  • Employment Agreements and Contracts
  • Non-compete Agreements
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Evaluations
  • Documentation of Key Events
  • Employment Offer and Rejection Letters
  • Severance Packages

Handouts

  • Employee Handbook
  • Policy and Procedure Manuals
  • New Hire Packets
  • Interview and Hiring Guides

We provide legal consultations for the purpose of analyzing our clients' business practices, finding the lawsuits waiting to happen, designing practical changes in policies and procedures that will limit the likelihood of litigation, and helping to implement the changes. Nobody can tell your business how to avoid litigation like someone who has litigated employment cases for nearly two decades, as Ms. DeBrota has.

Our Approach

The DeBrota Law Firm LLC approaches liability avoidance in three ways, which can be used in combination or alone to suit your needs:

  • Audit and analyze your business to find the practices and policies from which the most serious problems are likely to arise
  • Train your executives and managers in the skills and knowledge required to avoid employment-related problems
  • Implement workable business policies and practices that keep the solution in place and working over the long run

Legal Audits and Analysis

The DeBrota Law Firm LLC provides client-specific “legal audits” to find the most likely areas of employment-related problems, so we can most effectively direct our consultation services to the areas where they are needed the most.

Typically, we review the client’s history of human resources issues, conformity with federal overtime requirements, sexual harassment complaint investigation procedures, how it handles ADA and FMLA compliance, e-mail use and retention policies, record-keeping and documentation procedures, hiring, promotion, discipline and termination practices, among many other areas. By doing this, we are able to identify the problems specific to each particular client.

Training

Once we have identified the most likely problem areas, we customize an efficient management training package geared toward those areas. Many of our training programs can be provided in CD ROM and/or web-based formats for companies which prefer to train their managers and executives through those means.

The training can range from a “lunch and learn” overview of key issues, to an intensive all day management workshop. We tailor our approach to the level and responsibilities of those being trained to your company’s specific needs.

Our training programs are invaluable to insure compliance with the law as interpreted in legal opinions of the United States Supreme Court, other federal and Indiana state courts, as well as administrative agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The fact that a company expends the effort to review its policies and procedures and implement professional training not only helps avoid litigation, it can also potentially provide a valuable defense to an employee lawsuit. Moreover, the failure to properly train managers can lead to increased damage awards, including punitive damages.

Policy, Procedure and Form Development and Implementation

We do not just train and then leave on your own. Rather, we help our clients integrate what we have taught them into their everyday business philosophy and activities. We are also available for situation specific consultations as they arise.

We do this by providing our clients with user-friendly policies, procedures, forms and “cheat sheets,” in a variety of formats (from hard copy to electronic, depending on the client’s needs and preferences). These materials help to limit the extent to which executives and managers improvise their decisions in legally-sensitive areas. We help take out the guesswork, and create workable “if this, do that” solutions that can stop the problems before they start, prevent their escalation or limit potential damage to company morale and resources.

Our approach to each client is unique and customized. We invite your inquiry regarding how The DeBrota Law Firm LLC can assist you.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi

The DeBrota Law Firm LLC, an Indianapolis based employment law firm, provides mediation services, consultations and employee or employer litigation representation in central Indiana and throughout the state. Amy Ficklin DeBrota represents employees with claims for unpaid wages or overtime, unpaid commissions, breach of employment contract, discrimination, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblower actions, as well as other types of employment related legal claims under federal and Indiana state law. She has special interest and experience in representing nurses, doctors, veterinarians and other health care professionals with their employment issues. Further, she provides consultations with small and medium sized employers who are interested in avoiding employment based lawsuits. Ms. DeBrota is not only a lawyer. She is also a registered Indiana mediator who is available to travel to or host mediations regarding employment disputes, personal injury claims, and general civil litigation. She has the legal knowledge and years of experience to allow her to effectively communicate with individuals who are experienced with the law, and with those for whom the legal system is unfamiliar, in order to help everyone concerned realize the benefits of an agreed settlement. Ms. DeBrota is a dedicated, effective Indiana employment law attorney and mediator based in Indianapolis, Indiana.