Mid-Size Companies Beginning to Implement Wellness Programs on a Large Scale

It is a well-documented fact that a majority of large companies (businesses with over 8,000 employees) offer health & wellness programs to their employees to keep their employees healthy, motivated, and productive while also lowering their healthcare costs. Employees at mid-sized firms (businesses with anywhere from 1,000 to 8,000 employees) can also benefit from effective wellness programs, but such programs at mid-sized firms haven’t been as ubiquitous, until recently.

Small and mid-size businesses may be wary of corporate wellness programs as healthcare costs at such firms may be smaller than at larger firms, and, thusly, the initial costs of such a program may be seen as too large. Indeed, mid-size companies that do offer programs often offer smaller incentives to their employees than large companies in order to keep down costs, a factor that could limit the effectiveness of their programs.

The lower incentives offered by mid-sized companies can make sense if the business does not have the same amount of capital to invest in a program that a large company may have. However, the benefits of implementing comprehensive programs can justify the expense of corporate wellness consulting, as the rate of return on investment in such programs can be two-fold or higher.

It is with this in mind that Colorado healthcare providers have created a new health plan specifically for small to mid-size companies that rewards them with lower premiums and employee incentives for effective implementation and enrollment in wellness programs. While this new healthcare plan was launched in response to a Colorado state law that encourages mid-size companies to offer such programs, there are also similar incentives offered in the national healthcare reform law that passed earlier this year.

Mid-size companies need programs that are designed to match up with the company’s development cycle. While this may mean a smaller program due to the company’s financial situation, in reality, every company needs a program tailored to that company’s specific needs. Appropriate corporate wellness consulting, consisting of executive and employee consulting, company assessments, and measured implementation, should provide a program that fits well for any company no matter its size.

How to Hire Law Firms With Ease

Legal matters are something that strike the fear of God in most people’s hearts, because of the complications involved, not to mention the astronomical legal fees one can incur. Legal matters, however, can happen anytime, anywhere and while people know that they must be prepared for anything, it doesn’t erase the fact that it can be quite a daunting prospect and as such, something to be avoided as much as possible.

However, fears of anything new and unfamiliar can be conquered with a proper understanding and learning of the matter. Once you understand the ins and outs of hiring law firms you’ll find that there was actually nothing to be apprehensive about. You need to hire lawyers who are well-versed in the language of litigation.

First of all, determine all the possible reasons why you need to hire a law firm. Of course in addition to wanting your tough legal problem solved, you may also want to hire a law firm because you want to augment the legal team you already have in place to increase your chances of winning your case and at the same time let your adversary know that you are determined to win it. Hiring the best law firm also increases your confidence about winning the case because you have a lot of legal experts behind you. And more importantly, you want to be able to win your case without causing too much of a dent in your bank account.

The next thing you need to do is research. Start with legal directories that will help you shortlist the best lawyers within your area complete with phone numbers and background information. You can also try researching online for law firm rankings, that rank the best law firms according to practice, diversity and region. Of course this will all depend on what type of case you have and the details involved.

A law firm’s expertise is based mostly on the fact that they hire the best graduates from top law schools. Since a lawyer’s core worth is based on his intelligence, knowledge and experience, you will increase your chances of winning your case since they will be updated on all the latest nuances of the law and be able to keep up their end of the defense with facts and figures relevant to your case.

While price is a major consideration, remember that the costs you incur will depend on the size of the law firm you need and want to hire. Solo practitioners usually entail lower costs and fees, small firms usually entail lower costs and more personal interaction, mid-size firms usually have more legal resources and therefore the ability to address your legal issues more effectively and large firms are what you need for larger and more complex legal concerns. When you go online, the best legal websites will have all the necessary information posted.

You will also need to check if the websites have posted their accreditation and certification and have very thorough information about their lawyers’ specialties. There are law firms that allow you to download reports and white papers on very popular legal topics, ones that their previous clients have been through so you can get more insights on your particular case and how it could turn out. The more information you have, the more empowered you feel so go for sites that also offer tips and advice on going through difficult legal matters and how to deal after the smoke clears.

And lastly, go for law firms that are able to explain things in a language you’ll understand. Forget about law firms that go technical, it is important to find one that provides personalized service and are very responsive – one who will actually return your calls because they understand time constraints and value your time as much as they value theirs. While most law firms put on an impersonal fa├žade that they mistake as professionalism, a true indication of a competent and able law firm is one that shows the human side of the legal profession. Clear cut and straightforward about the law but at the same time, showing a sympathetic side.

It is easy to feel daunted or intimidated when you enter a legal situation where you need to hire law firms to get you out of it. As long as you know what you need and want and what to expect, hiring lawyers to champion your cause won’t feel so challenging.

Scots Law Explained

The law in Scotland is commonly known as Scots Law and has it’s roots in Celtic law. Around the mid tenth century however, it was revised and influenced by canon law and feudal law. Later King David I instigated the use of sheriffs and other institutions along with other facets of Anglo-Norman law. In certain situations thereafter even Roman law was used where Scots law was deemed inadequate.

In more modern times Scots law has been brought more into line with the laws of England and Wales, but retains it’s fundamental differences. The treaty of Rome has also meant that European laws now influence Scots law as it does the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Parliament has powers over certain areas of the Scottish legal system such as environment, education, health, local government and criminal justice, but Westminster (the UK parliament) retains power over such areas as defence, economic policy, international relations, drug laws etc.

The criminal court system in Scotland comprises District Courts, Sheriff Courts, High Courts and Supreme Courts, the court to be used depends on the severity of the particular case. All qualified Solicitors in Scotland are registered with the Law Society of Scotland. One such member being Ewan Sheriff, a very highly experienced and respected man, Ewan has recently moved his operations to The Middle East.

Civil cases in Scotland are covered in Sheriff Courts, the Court of Session and Supreme Courts depending upon the severity of the case in question. There are also special courts in operation for cases such as children’s hearings.

Time for a Career in Law for You?

Unlike my friends in Europe, who have to decide on what career they want to have early on in their school path and such, we are lucky here in the United States. We can make life and career changes at the drop of the hat. They live in a much more regimented structure.

I was unhappy with my career, so, I went back to law school. It was a bit risky, since I was going to have to run up quite a large student loan debt in the process, but I thought it was worth it. Frankly, I wasn’t sure I was cut out for it and was worried about failing out. I know quite a few lawyers and they all warned me against it, but I showed them in the end.

The first year of law school was amazingly difficult. The professors were out to get students in class and humiliate them, as they are trying to weed out the weak. You also need to learn how to read in an entirely different way and also to think in a logical way that is unique to the law. It is not what you would anticipate.

The hardest thing about getting to where I am currently as a practicing lawyer was actually the bar exam. After three years of law school you probably think that you’d be ready for that test, but frankly, I was not. The entire experience is completely exhausting and will take every bit of energy and knowledge you can muster. Plus, the test is just plain odd. You go through law school taking essay tests the entire time, with the proper answer almost always being shades of gray, and then you get to the bar exam and an entire day of the test is multiple choice questions.

After that, I just got truly fortunate. I started from the beginning as a solo practice lawyer, which I do not recommend for people. But in my case, I got a couple good cases referred to me early by some friends of mine and got lucky to get my practice up and running fairly fast. Even then, it was about a three-year slog to get to the point where I was actually making a reasonable amount of money. Personally, I think joining a firm, whether big or small, and learning from other lawyers is the best way to go.

What I do think though is that more people should be considering this for a mid-life career change. It was the best decision I made in my life.