Episode 25:

Alan Crone’s personal role model is St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught that, because God can be found in our everyday work, all work is important. That’s why he listens so carefully to his clients and takes their concerns to heart.

Founder of the Crone Law Firm, he is their Team Leader. Whether he’s helping achieve a business dream or seeking compensation for someone who’s been treated unfairly, he draws from a deep well of compassion and experience. He’s a master at devising winning strategies and innovative tactics.

Sometimes the only thing to do is file a lawsuit and fight it out in court. And other times it’s better to negotiate a settlement. Either way, Alan knows how to get the best outcome.

A fifth-generation native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is a voracious reader and semi-avid golfer. The art of political negotiation has always fascinated him. He has been active in local and state politics for more than 22 years. He is the former head of the Shelby County Republican Party and currently serves as Special Counsel to the Mayor of Memphis.

He is also the very proud father of three children and is devoted to his wife Allison.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What law firms and other business owners with fewer than 50 employees need to know when it comes to the paid leave provided by the federal government in the CARES Act
  • How the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been amended to include leave for employees who are caring for a minor child due to their school being closed for coronavirus
  • How employers who are paying leave under the FMLA amendment get a tax credit, and why employees who can work remotely from home are exempted under this form of leave
  • How emergency paid sick leave has been created under the Fair Labor Standards Act to cover employees subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order
  • What significant differences exist between furloughing an employee and laying them off, and how each impacts an employer
  • Why the biggest problem Alan sees in law firms is a lack of objectivity when it comes to hiring and firing, especially at smaller firms
  • Why professional staff like paralegals and secretaries are generally not exempt from overtime, and why clearly communicating your expectations to your team is critical
  • How well-documented disciplinary actions such as write-ups can help legally protect your firm after termination, and why an employee handbook is a valuable tool
  • Why it is important to regularly review job descriptions and have a clear understanding of what your employees do every day
  • Why Alan strongly recommends you consider applying for the forgivable Paycheck Protection Loan

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