PerfectSoftware to offer expert employment law advice through its HR and Payroll software.

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PerfectSoftware® and the workplace HELPLINE® Announce Strategic Partnership PerfectSoftware to offer expert employment law advice through its HR and Payroll software.

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We are excited to partner with Perfect Software to provide the HR Legal Connect™ employment law service! PerfectHR and Perfect Payroll clients can now be seamlessly connected, through the software, to experienced attorneys. Employers will be provided specific documented advice and counsel, no later than the next business day. How exciting is that!

For employers, understanding employment law decisions and legislation is fundamental in our increasingly litigious society. Human resource and payroll departments need to stay informed on employment law issues and have the ability to take decisive action without fear of costly legal settlements. Just look at some the recent court verdicts and settlements ruled against these companies, according "Top Ten Hot Issues in Employment Law-2008" by HRN Management Group, May 2008.

  • Sheet Metal Worker's Union: $6.2 million. Race & natural origin discrimination in job placement.
  • Starbucks: $100 million. Tips improperly paid to supervisors.
  • New York Knicks: $11 million. Sexual harassment.
  • Walgreens: $25 million. Race bias promotions.

These cases involved some well known names, but big settlements hit smaller organizations as well. A little prevention could help avoid costly legal battles.

EEOC reports discrimination complaints increased significantly in 2007 over 2006:
-Total claims: up 9% (largest % increase since 1993)

  • Race: up 12% (highest level since 1994)
  • Sex: up 7% (highest level in six years)
  • National origin: up 12%
  • Disability: up 14%
  • Religion: up 13%
  • Age: up 15%

Discrimination charges are increasing at an even greater rate in 2008 and may set a new record. Online filing forms at the EEOC make it easier for employees to submit complaints, and recessions historically have brought increases in employee filings.

How do your HR and Payroll departments minimize exposure to costly legal battles? PerfectSoftware has the answer by empowering your HR & Payroll departments with HR Legal Connect.

PerfectSoftware and the workplace HELPLINE announced today a strategic partnership to provide PerfectSoftware users with access to HELPLINE'S team of experienced employment law attorneys; Epstein, Becker & Green. PerfectSoftware will brand the service as HR Legal Connect™ and it will be available to its clients August 1st within its PerfectHR and PerfectPayroll software modules.

HR Legal Connect™ will provide PerfectSoftware clients with toll-free phone & on-line access to experienced employment law attorneys. The attorneys will answer specific HR and employment related questions, with specific documented advice, no later than the end of the next business day.

"This partnership will prove to be a valuable benefit to our clients and the workplace HELPLINE is a terrific provider of this unique and useful service," says Michael Gabriele, CEO of PerfectSoftware. "Our customers will be pleased with this new addition to our solution and will be able to save valuable time while avoiding potential legal risks."

The employment law advice ranges from regulatory & compliance including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Exempt/non-exempt, wage & hour, pre-employment screening and hiring questions to handling sexual harassment & discrimination complaints, documenting warnings, terminating employees as well as benefits questions. HR Legal Connect™ employment law attorneys are experienced and well versed on over 60 different human resource issues, and more.

Jim McSherry; CEO of Workplace Helpline had this to add, "We are excited to partner with Perfect Software to provide the HR Legal Connect™ employment law service! PerfectHR and Perfect Payroll clients can now be seamlessly connected, through the software, to experienced attorneys. Employers will be provided specific documented advice and counsel, no later than the next business day. How exciting is that!"

About the workplace HELPLINE®
As an industry leading Employment Law and Human Resource (HR) Information Company, HELPLINE has revolutionized the way that Professional Services are brought to the workplace. Through insurance, financial services, payroll and governmental channels, they provide legal advice to thousands of employers in all 50 states. They range from the small to medium size firm in the private and public sectors to large organizations that have in-house legal and HR departments. HELPLINE's "high touch" Relationship Management approach seamlessly integrates human contact with cutting edge technology and experienced professional expertise to answer and document responses to employers' specific questions.

About PerfectSoftware®
PerfectSoftware empowers Human Resource and Payroll professionals with customer driven solutions that help them recruit, develop, pay and retain key employees. PerfectSoftware focuses on middle market companies and provides its customers with unique features that provide key benefits toward corporate goals and objectives. The solutions help the HR and Payroll Professionals position the Human Capital of the company in such a way that revenue and expenses are directly impacted through positive results.

Their software modules run the gamut of Payroll Software, Human Resources Management Software, Applicant Tracking Software, Time & Attendance, Benefit Election & Enrollment, Salary Planning & Administration, Position Control, Alerts, Employee Self Service Software, COBRA management and Ad Hoc Reporting.

For more information on HR Legal Connect, visit http://www.perfectsoftware.com/employment_law_assistance.php.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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