Recent local and national events should serve as an important reminder to all businesses of the vital and necessary role effective employee policies and procedures play in the protection and success of those ventures. Sexual harassment and employment discrimination are serious matters that can forever impact the employee’s life while, at the same time, irreversibly damage a business and its reputation.
A 2015 national study of small-to-medium-sized enterprises concluded that it costs an average of $125,000.00 to defend against a single employment discrimination or harassment claim. On average, those matters took 275 days to complete. The median judgment resulting from those same employment claims was approximately $200,000.00 per claim. The investment numbers are equally staggering when a small business elects to hire someone to serve as an in-house lawyer or HR director. Currently, the medium annual associate General Counsel salary in New Orleans is $205,129 (as of September 27, 2017) with a range usually between $173,856 – $239,220 exclusive of bonus, benefits, overhead, and other cost factors. The median annual salary for a Human Resources Director in New Orleans is $97,557 plus benefits. This sort of investment is not feasible for many enterprises.
Wallace Meyaski has developed flexible, affordable solutions for those requiring experienced HR and legal assistance. Contact us and we’ll be happy to explain your options.