SOURCE: Rocket Lawyer

Rocket Lawyer

June 29, 2015 09:00 ET

Rocket Lawyer Boosts HR With Technology-Fueled Enterprise Legal Benefits

59 Percent of People Say That a Strong Benefits Package Will Keep Them at a Job Longer

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jun 29, 2015) - Today, Rocket Lawyer is introducing Legal Benefits, and in doing so, is shaking up the benefits world with something more essential than an office ping pong table, comfortable couches or tasty beverages.

Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits™ is specifically designed as a benefit employers and associations can provide to help employees and members deal with the legal implications of life events, from estate planning to divorce to speeding tickets. It's the only technology-backed enterprise legal benefit, and it's now available across the United States. Unlike other legal services, Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits is the only platform that covers all legal needs, including access to legal advice through Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorneys and easy-to-complete legal documents.

Legal life events, such as buying a home or going through a divorce, can stress out employees, impacting job performance and productivity. A national survey conducted by SurveyMonkey on behalf of Rocket Lawyer polled more than 500 U.S. full-time employees on how everyday legal concerns impacted their work. Nearly one third of employees surveyed had dealt with a legal issue in the last year. Top legal issues included: care for aging parents, traffic or transit tickets, and car accidents.

Consequently, a majority of respondents (79 percent) said that being provided legal benefits at work is important, regardless of whether they recently had to manage legal issues.

Legal Issues = Productivity Losses at Work

Lost time is the primary business problem when it comes to employees dealing with routine legal matters. Of employees surveyed who had to address a legal issue:

  • More than 1 in 5 had to take time off of work
  • More than 1 in 5 spent nearly 21 hours dealing with their legal issue

In addition, workers who had to handle legal concerns reported a significant negative impact to their emotional health and mental attitude:

  • 41 percent experienced moderate to severe anxiety
  • Almost 20 percent of those facing legal issues showed increased irritability at work
  • 28 percent experienced high stress levels

Competitive Benefits Packages Make a Difference

Employers are constantly looking for ways to stand out against competition and attract and retain the best industry talent. Some companies have resorted to quirky, out-of-the box perks, such as offering benefits packages that include catered lunches, gym memberships and in-house barbers. However, practical benefits, such as legal assistance might be the key to employee retention.

"Great companies provide their employees with the resources they need to succeed, both on the job and beyond the workplace," said Charley Moore, founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer. "Our Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits package makes it easy for HR leaders to minimize common employee distractions. A big bonus is that, in an increasingly competitive job market, offering high-value and practical benefits is also a powerful way to distinguish your brand."

The survey data strongly suggests that offering a quality benefits package is a key factor in hiring or retaining valuable workers:

  • 23 percent aren't happy with their workplace benefits
  • 45 percent would go to another company with better benefits

Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits

The new Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits solution gives human resource departments a simple and affordable way to provide their employees with legal support. Employers pay a flat fee and get access to an online administration portal as well as reporting on how many employees have activated their membership with Rocket Lawyer. HR managers can add newly hired employees to their Legal Benefits account and remove former employees. Rocket Lawyer provides visibility into how the benefit is being used by employees, while maintaining the confidentiality of individual accounts.

Key features and services of Legal Benefits include:

  • Rocket Lawyer On Call attorney advice: Rocket Lawyer quickly connects employees to lawyers based on practice area and location. On Call attorneys around the U.S. are on standby to address issues related to family law, starting a business, wills and trusts, business contracts, criminal law, employment law, personal injuries and real estate law.
  • Easy-to-use legal documents: Rocket Lawyer provides legal documents that are created and reviewed by lawyers and legal professionals. All employees need to do is answer a few questions and their customized documents are ready to sign, share, or print. Using the online service, employees can create legal documents anytime, anywhere, from any device.
  • Signing online: Rocket Lawyer provides online signing as an option for contract execution.
  • Discounted attorney rates: Employees save 40 percent on rates and work with lawyers in their local area.

For more information on the Rocket Lawyer Legal Benefits solution, please visit: https://www.rocketlawyer.com/workplace-legal-benefits.rl

About Rocket Lawyer:

Rocket Lawyer is an industry-leading technology company with a mission of connecting people with the legal help they need. At Rocket Lawyer, we believe everyone deserves simple and affordable legal services. Since 2008 we've helped over 29 million families and small businesses take care of their legal matters -- so they can focus on what really matters. From free legal documents and business incorporation to quick legal advice or discounted rates from outstanding Rocket Lawyer On Call attorneys, we're there to help every step of the way. For more information on Rocket Lawyer, please visit https://www.rocketlawyer.com and follow Rocket Lawyer on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by SurveyMonkey on behalf of Rocket Lawyer from May 14-May 20, 2015 among 505 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, please contact Kristin Farrell: kristin@highwirepr.com.

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