I’ve posted 2 new client testimonials to my “Client Testimonials” page. They’re below. Typical disclaimer is at the end of the post.
Chuck offered a great solution to our small business that did not have the budget for a full-time HR person. His yearly plan was a perfect solution to our continual need for HR support and advice. He amazes us every time when we call upon him for advice by answering the phone himself. He always finds time for us and answers our questions succinctly and thoroughly, leaving us feeling relaxed and assured that we are covered. We highly recommend Chuck to all of those businesses who wish they had a lawyer on retainer for their employee issues.We can focus on running our business knowing that Chuck is on our side, helping us to remain compliant while we grow!
Sandy Saldano, Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist
Therapeutic Kneads, Ltd.
Highland Park, IL www.wekneadyou.com
Chuck Krugel has provided my law firm with highly effective legal advice, promptly and effectively. Chuck has allowed my firm to work out complex employee issues to everyone’s satisfaction, amicably and quickly. Chuck is always there when I need him. I have never had a problem reaching him through either email or phone. I highly recommend Chuck Krugel.
DISCLAIMER: All testimonials are purely the opinion of each writer. No one has been compensated directly or indirectly for their opinion. These opinions aren’t intended as legal advice or guidance nor are they a guarantee or promise of Charles Krugel’s future performance. The sole purpose for these opinions are for marketing and consumer education.
Interview with Charles Krugel, Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer
Charles Krugel recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his experience as an award winning lawyer, the use of social media as part of his toolkit of success, and his involvement in a labor dispute that was settled through plain-talk and Krugel’s proficient handling of the law.
What event or series of events led you to pursue employment law as your specialty? Please elaborate.
My career choice is the result of a long running fascination with workplace behavior, management styles, and how and why people pursue particular vocations. While in college, I advanced my interest by majoring in psychology. After college, I pursued graduate study in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology with the thought of going into human resources management or being an I/O consultant. During my first year of graduate school, I realized that the practice of I/O psychology was too “touchy feely” or soft for me. Consequently, I decided that once I earned my masters degree in I/O psychology, I would attend law school, and become a labor and employment lawyer. Labor and employment law is the “edgier” side of human resources. I’ve been in the field for 18 years now, and am focused solely on running and growing my practice.
Name 1 or 2 specific challenges you have faced in the employment law specialty and the steps you took to meet these challenges.
I’m a solo practitioner in Chicago, so marketing and business development are always engaging and challenging. I’ve come to the conclusion that marketing is “smoke and mirrors.” That is, I’m trying to appear that I’m everywhere at once and a “big shot” without changing my personality.
I’ve been on my own for 13 years now, and I’ve learned that you don’t always get what you pay for, which contradicts the saying that “you get what you pay for.” More specifically, the cost of something isn’t necessarily indicative of quality. There’s a lot of free or cheap services available for business people. For example, my website designer is someone whom I never met or spoken to, and he’s in Romania. We got hooked up via a freelancing website. He charged me only $600 to design my site, and it’s on WordPress so it’s very low overhead and easy to maintain, and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on it. Since designing my website, we’ve also become friends. One of my earlier website designs was created by a high school student in Sao Paolo, Brazil. She did this for me for free, and we met via the internet. I sent her a bunch of Chicago and White Sox items as a “thank you” to her. Long story short, if you exercise good judgment and are nice to people, you can find a lot of free or cheap resources out there.
Public relations like public speaking and media interviews are also crucial for my marketing. A lot of organizations ask me to do presentations on labor and employment law and HR management, and I’ve been interviewed and quoted by many video, audio and print media entities. In fact, I created my own YouTube channel to house all of my video interviews.
Except for my time and effort, none of my business development activities cost much out-of-pocket money, if any money at all. LinkedIn, YouTube and WordPress are all free.
I was interviewed by First Business News reporter Chuck Coppola for his 9/18/13 story “Safe At Work.” This concerned the recent D.C. Navy Yard shootings. My comments related to what employers can do to make the workplace safer; e.g., metal detectors or escorted or restricted visitations. The interview is here on First Business News’ website (full 20-min. show). My segment (about 1-minute) is here & below. This is my 6th appearance on FBN. Also, all of my video interviews are available here on my YouTube channel.
On October 4, I’ll be presenting on the legal issues concerning employee classification, more specifically independent contractor versus employee issues. More information is here & below.
Here’s a brief description: Learn the basics of labor & employment law and human resources management, including how to respond to government officials & difficult employees, from Charles Krugel, a highly regarded labor and employment lawyer and HR counselor. By attending you will gain a understanding of how our labyrinthine system of labor and employment laws affect business from a profit & loss perspective. Please join this highly interactive discussion.
Thanks to the McHenry Area Chamber for setting this up & inviting me to present.
Thanks to Assurance for setting up this presentation.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Assurance, 1750 East Golf Road, 2nd Floor
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Registration: 8 – 8:30 a.m. CT; Seminar: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT
Assurance University presents…Social Media- Don’t Let Your Company Take the Fall
More than 75 percent of companies use some form of social media daily, yet 45 percent do not have social media policies to protect their brand from huge regulatory fines, security risks or PR crises. Whoops! Don’t let your company fall victim to this unique risk, attend this webinar and get protected.
If any of you are interested in attending, it’s free for Assurance clients & $249 for all others. Here’s the registration info. However, if you contact me directly, I can provide you with a special registration code to attend for FREE.
Credits: This program has been approved for 2.0 Business Management and Strategy recertification credit hours through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit HRCI homepage at www.hrci.org.2.0 hours of continuing education credits available for American Staffing Association2.5 hours of continuing education credits available for Nursing Home Administrators2.5 hours of continuing education credits available for Illinois CPA2.5 hours of continuing education credits available for American Hospital Association
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