Top 5 Ways to Mitigate a Charge of Discrimination

Top 5 Ways to Mitigate a Charge of Discrimination This resource has been written by guest author Katherine Mazaheri. Ms. Mazaheri is an Oklahoma trial lawyer who regularly represents plaintiff employees in all areas of employment law, including litigation in state and federal courts, in mediation, before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, Department of Labor and Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. She also trains employers and management on Title VII, sexual harassment and other employment-related issues. For over a decade, Mazaheri...

Understanding Your Workers Compensation Policy

Understanding Your Workers Compensation Policy Most people are familiar with workers compensation coverage and what it commonly covers: benefits or lost wages resulting from an injury or disease sustained while performing work related duties. This part of your workers compensation insurance policy is generally referred to as “Part One,” “Part A” or “Coverage A” – the part that covers the worker’s actual compensation. The other part of you workers compensation insurance policy is called "Part Two,” “Part B” or “Coverage B”...

Maintaining Professionalism While Working From Home

Maintaining Professionalism While Working From Home Whether your office has shifted to a partial or mostly work-from-home model, or you’re temporarily quarantining, you’re still a working professional. It can be difficult to maintain that professionalism when you don’t have the regular “get up, get dressed, go to the office” routine. So, how do you prevent the slow (or maybe not-so-slow) slide that turns work-from-home into work-from-bed? 4 Tips to Maintain Professionalism Have a Workspace This affects most of the tips below. If you haven’t...

Ease Your Stress: Declutter!

Ease Your Stress: Declutter! We all know life at work can be stressful – projects piling up, deadlines to be met, time constraints to battle, human and technical interruptions. Then, add clutter to the mix and it’s no wonder we are stressed! You may not think clutter is a big factor, but it can add to our stress and affect our efficiency in a variety of ways. Psychologists and researchers have discovered that clutter is one of the leading factors that affects...

Do I Need an Office Package Policy?

Do I Need an Office Package Policy? Suppose a delivery person is bringing food to one of your employees, and he slips and falls on ice or the stairs on your property. You have enough money to replace the food, but do you have enough money set aside for liability resulting from broken bones or head injuries? How about a lawsuit or damages for pain and suffering? Even if your employees don’t order food and your office doesn’t have a delivery service,...

Office Sharing and Avoiding the Risk of a Malpractice Claim

Office Sharing and Avoiding the Risk of a Malpractice Claim With the combined expense of actual office space, staff and equipment, many lawyers choose to enter into an office sharing arrangement as an economical way to hang out their shingle. Although there may be initial cost-saving benefits, there are disadvantages to sharing offices with other professionals, such as increased exposure to bar grievances or malpractice claims, disqualification motions, and imputed knowledge of confidential communications. The primary issues are avoiding misleading the public...

9 Tips for Crafting Effective Emails

9 Tips for Crafting Effective Emails At a time when businesses have turned to emailing as the predominant mode of communication with clients, knowing how to write a professional and informative email that achieves your objective is critical. Writing an email is simple – but writing a professional and informative email encompasses the principles of style and structure. Clients and customers are inundated with a barrage of emails daily, and they often skim quickly through the list to determine which ones are...

Avoid Ethical Missteps in Your Law Firm’s Social Media

Avoid Ethical Missteps in Your Law Firm’s Social Media I’ll spare you the introduction about how ubiquitous social media is because, well, it is. Love it or hate it, social media is vital in modern communication. Since we last covered “Why Your Law Firm Needs a Social Media Presence,” not much has changed in the landscape of social media platforms. For Americans, YouTube and Facebook are still the most-used social media platforms, followed by Instagram in second. Others, like LinkedIn, Twitter and...

Ready for a Vacation? Tips for Lawyers Looking to Get Away

Ready for a Vacation? Tips for Lawyers Looking to Get Away We learned all the hobbies, we baked all the breads, we watched all the Netflix – but even with all that, 16 months is a long time to be cooped up. As the world begins to reopen, we’re all eager shake off this cabin fever. For lawyers, however, being away from the office can be a little more complicated than other professions. Whether you’re planning an actual getaway or just taking...

Court Bonds 101 (and How to Get One)

Court Bonds 101 (and How to Get One) As most lawyers know, a court bond is a tool to ensure a party will fulfill their responsibilities as ordered by law. Probate attorneys, for example, must often post a bond on behalf of an executor, administrator or conservator of an estate. However, the need for a bond also arises in a wide variety of other matters, such as appeals, injunctions, TROs, replevin actions and more. History of Surety Bonds Although the seemingly modern concept...