This 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition interview is with Fisher Phillips, a law firm that exclusively represents management in the areas of labor and employment. Below is a quick Q&A with the company.
Who is Fisher Phillips!? Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at SHRM ‘19 in Las Vegas.
Fisher Phillips is a top-tier, national law firm that specializes in representing management in all areas of labor & employment law. Every employer, regardless of size, has to deal with employment law issues. Our clients range from Fortune 50 companies to companies with under 10 employees. We treat every client like they are our only client. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness, our results and our efficiency.
Let us in on the magic. How does Fisher Phillips recruit and retain the best talent?
Our firm is collaborative, team-oriented and people-focused. In addition, our attorneys and leaders are actively engaged in their communities and in a wide variety of industry specific organizations. By providing a great atmosphere in which to work, and having our fingers on the pulse of the areas in which we practice, we have been fortunate to attract a high level of talent. In terms of retention, we have put a great deal of emphasis on diversity and inclusion, active and early performance management, and a myriad of opportunities for those who want to, or demonstrate an ability, to grow.
What makes Fisher Phillips unique among other law firms?
We only practice one area of law, so that separates us from most other law firms. However, what makes us unique is that our attorneys take the time to learn about a client’s business before providing advice. We see ourselves as being a part of our clients’ businesses, rather than simply acting as a vendor. The practice of employment law allows us to provide practical, proactive guidance. Our best clients call us before they have a problem, rather than after.
What are the biggest challenges HR professionals face today? How do they overcome those challenges?
From an employment law standpoint, HR practitioners are on the front-lines. The laws that HR practitioners need to be familiar with are ever-changing and becoming more complex. Some non-exclusive examples of this are in the areas of disability management, whistleblowing, workplace safety, immigration and sexual harassment.
What advice do you have for HR professionals attending SHRM?
Give yourself the opportunity to learn from your colleagues. There is no better forum to explore the best practices of your peers and leaders.
For anyone who won’t be able to make it to the Fisher Phillips booth in Las Vegas, what do you want them to know?
No employment law question is too small. Every legal issue has the potential to become a distraction. Be proactive. Work with capable legal counsel to design a strategic HR plan.