Pre-paid Legal Services (PPLSP) Terms
a. The Catapult Legal Advice Plan provides all eligible Plan Members the following Plan Services as part of the membership dues fee to CATAPULT (“Covered Plan Services”):
i. Telephone, email and other forms of consultations on foundational federal, NC and SC employment law questions affecting the Plan Member. Limited reading and research to augment or confirm an effective response. Education of the Plan member in the laws, rules and options relative to their question.
ii. Initial review and discussion of workplace-related challenges, charges, claims, subpoenas, agency letters, lawyer demand letters and similar issues to assist the Plan member in understanding the context and to guide them in selecting counsel or a course of action.
iii. Reviewing employment agreements, issue spotting for enforcement concerns and high-risk issues, and spending reasonable time to make any minor revisions.
iv. Explanation of CATAPULT templates and spending reasonable time to complete minor revisions required to finalize and execute those templates for use in a specific situation
v. Review of portions of an employee handbook where legal advice is sought by the Plan Member.
vi. In-person meetings at a CATAPULT office location with Plan members who travel to the office for limited consultation on any Covered Plan Service in lieu of extended phone conversations, as mutually agreed to in advance.
b. The Catapult Legal Advice Plan has the right to prospectively limit a Plan member’s free use of the Plan where their use is deemed excessive by the Plan Administrator after a review of usage statistics from Plan Attorneys. The Plan Administrator will not do so in a manner that the involved Participating Plan Attorney believes violates an existing professional obligation to that Plan member.
c. The Catapult Legal Advice Plan may prospectively adjust the scope of Plan services for all Plan Members based on actual experience of the Plan.
d. Plan Services do not include advising on employment issues impacting Plan members and their employees located outside of NC and SC; performing substantive revisions to an existing employment agreement or CATAPULT template; drafting original employment agreements, documents and workplace policies; ERISA and employee benefit matters; tax matters; obtaining or advising on obtaining immigration visas; tribal law; conducting or defending union representation campaigns; conducting or defending R (Elections) and C (Unfair Labor Practice) cases before the NLRB; court-based litigation and appeals; reviewing lengthy files and documents; Plan member on-site visits and travel; administrative hearings; workers’ compensation defense matters; representation in any specific case, matter or conflict; or privileged investigations of workplace conduct and events.
e. Participating Plan attorneys serving Plan members may use their discretion to accept for-fee projects in workplace law matters requested by Plan members at a discounted rate (Discounted Plan Services). The agreed Plan member billing rate for this work is not to exceed $240 per hour for current Plan Members. Travel outside the normal business day will be billed at ½ rate or less. All billing for legal services will be handled directly between the Plan member and the Participating Plan attorney and no portion of that fee will be shared with Catapult. Participating Plan attorneys will provide a quarterly report to Catapult on Discounted Legal Services performed for Plan members including the broad type of service, and the billing calculation of hours- times- rate (without any client identification or matter information).
f. Plan attorneys will carry malpractice insurance coverage.
g. Participating Plan attorneys and law firms who serve Plan members through the Plan are not employees of CATAPULT. These attorneys must use their own independent professional judgment in serving Plan members and may not (without express written permission from that Plan member) reveal a privileged communication with that member to any member of the CATAPULT
h. Prior to providing legal services to a Plan member, Plan attorneys will reasonably confirm that there are no actual or potential conflicts of interest with other clients of their Firm, including but not limited to other Plan members, that would prevent the Plan attorneys from representing the Plan member. In the event the Plan attorneys determine, in their sole discretion, that a conflict of interest or other professional obligation exists that prevents the Plan attorneys from providing services to the Plan member, the Plan member will be responsible for engaging other legal counsel at the Plan member’s own expense.
i. At all times it is the intention of the parties to remain in compliance with North Carolina statutes and rules of the North Carolina State Bar and South Carolina Bar. Any concern about compliance with laws or professional standards is welcomed by CATAPULT and Plan attorneys for prompt resolution.
j. This Plan is not intended to establish a plan of insurance.
k. The Plan provides advice on behalf of CATAPULT member organizations, not on behalf of individuals employed by these organizations.
l. CATAPULT will periodically monitor Plan member usage statistics, service reports, general topic areas, and other indicators of services provided (such as Plan member surveys) to ensure quality, future resource needs and effective/efficient service. No information about a specific matter will be shared with CATAPULT by any lawyer without the Plan member’s prior written consent.