If You’re Not Getting Paid Overtime, Are You Owed a Ton of Money?

    I came across this interesting article that, once again, brings up the overtime issue for paralegals.  This issue is so old and so ongoing, I am sure we'll be telling our great-grandchildren about it. Whether you want to be paid overtime or not, the Labor Department ruled several times over the years, actually, and again in 2006 that paralegals are non-exempt, meaning...

“Beware the Hidden Costs of Bad Formatting”

Pretty poor reaction to need for increased training given that documents produced by law firms are so important!"When talking to law firms about training, I often hear the following statements: 'It's so easy, you don't need training'; 'If you can't learn it in an hour, it's not worth knowing'; and my favorite, 'We're getting documents out the door.' "Law firms often use arguments like...

“Is Software the Key to Streamlining HR?”

This Legal Technology article describes the HR challenges in law firms & how various software options makes them manageable. :"Managing human resources is one of the most labor-intensive processes at a law firm. Keeping track of payroll, benefits, leave time and lots of other information is time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, there is plenty of software -- both commercial and...

“Make the right hire: use an employment agency”

Helpful, if somewhat obvious, restatement of advice to law firms from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly:"We’ve emphasized before that even the smallest practices benefit from hiring the right administrative help to free up attorney time for practicing law and winning new clients. "However, the hiring process in itself is complex and time consuming. That’s why it makes sense for most...

“MoFo IT Gets Its Green On”

Kudos to Morrison & Foerster for adopting a strong 'green' culture! Find four good ideas in this Legal Technology article: "With 1,070 lawyers in 18 offices throughout the world, Morrison & Foerster has a culture that promotes excellence, diversity, teamwork and social responsibility. Last year, we were selected as one of Fortune magazine's '2006 Best Companies to Work For,' and the...

“Document Imaging: Keeping It Simple”

Author Tony DeLoera, the chief technology officer at Ice Miller, describes how to manage document imaging the right way: "Simplicity. This was the guiding principle in our selection of a document-imaging system. In early 2005, Indianapolis-based Ice Miller was overrun with paper. With 225 attorneys, and three branch offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Naperville, Ill., we decided to...

“Do You Have an Office Supply Fetish?”

Isn't it fun to shop for office supplies? Well, here's what Web Worker Daily found : "Stella Commute does:Now, I can go to Staples any time I want and because I have a reasonable amount of disposable income, I can select the office supplies that make my heart sing. Color coded folders and matching labels? Done! Post-Its in various configurations? Check! Sharpies, Sharpies, Sharpies! And my...

“Manager Minute”: How to Manage a Law Firm

The legal administrator profiled in this article says his "job is to bridge communications between employees": "... s legal administrator for the Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy law firm of Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller PA, Jimmy Allen also 'wears a lot of hats in this job,' he said. He is responsible for overseeing payroll, benefits, scheduling, vendors and other day-to-day...

“Surviving the Holiday Office Party”

Office parties can be fun, but watch yourself, it's still work! "Yes, it's that time of year again; 'tis the season for the holiday office party. Holiday parties are typically held to thank employees for all their hard work and to try to motivate them to continue their efforts. Parties are also viewed as great opportunities for coworkers to mingle without pressure and develop camaraderie. If...

Six Rules on Gift-Giving at Work

Just how often does either party to gift exchanges like the outcome? Not to mention the dicey office politics: "As the holidays approach, the season of potential gift-giving at the office can range from pleasantly surprising to painfully awkward. "Navigating the social and professional landscape can be difficult, but there are ways to avoid alienating colleagues with embarrassment or...