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Does your Small Business Need an HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer?

Feb 14, 2023
HR Consultant

Whether your business is hiring its first employee, or you have 5 or 50 or 500 employees- you need a professional to consult with when making decisions regarding employees. There are day to day issues that come up like hiring, firing, policies, payroll, leave of absence, performance, benefits, etc.

Does your business need an HR Consultant or an Employment Lawyer? How do you know which one you need?

HR Consultants can assist with hiring, payroll, benefits and workplace culture. However, there are substantial benefits to hiring a lawyer when making decisions regarding employees:

1. Attorney Client Privilege- Your business secrets are safe with a lawyer. Attorney client privilege protects confidential communications between the business and lawyer. Conversations and e-mails with n HR Consultant who is NOT a lawyer may be required to be turned over to an opposing party.

2. Unlicensed Practice of Law May Be a Felony - HR Consultants who are NOT lawyers cannot provide legal advice, and therefore cannot tell you whether the business is "compliant" with various state and federal laws. Unlicensed practice of law is a felony in Florida and other jurisdictions.

3. Litigation Experience - The best attorney for a business is one who has litigation experience. This is someone who has first hand knowledge and has litigated the policies once they are challenged in court. HR Consultants likely don't know how certain policies are challenged, various legal issues and complications that arise and how judges/juries will view certain policies if litigated.

4. Have questions or want to make sure your Florida business is making legal decisions regarding its employees? Contact us at

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only. The information does not constitute legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship with Karly Wannos, The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. or any other attorney employed by the firm. Karly Wannos is licensed to practice law in Florida only, and the information presented on this channel applies to Florida and Federal law only and is not otherwise state specific. Please consult with an attorney before making any important business related decisions. The contents of this post are owned by Karly Wannos, and cannot be duplicated or replicated without her express written permission. May be deemed an attorney advertisement.

The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. provides legal advice to Florida businesses. Karly Wannos is a workplace investigator for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, Florida employment law mediator and provides training to businesses on employment laws. 

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