Employment Counseling and Advice

Employment Counseling And Advice/employee Handbooks

California has strong whistleblower statutes that protect employees who report illegal conduct or safety violations in the workplace. These laws are found in the California Labor Code, the California Government Code and the California Health and Safety Code.

In addition, as stated in the section of Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation, California Government Code §12940 makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing employment discrimination administrative charges, for complaining about discrimination or harassment internally to the employer, for threatening to file a discrimination or harassment charge, for assisting others in filing them, for being a witness in another employee’s DFEH action (or if an employer believes this was the case), for opposing unlawful employment practices even if the employee mistakenly but reasonably believed s/he was opposing discrimination or harassment, or for participating in a workplace discrimination or harassment investigation.

I. Employer Advice and Counseling

We provide advice and counseling to employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation and draft Employee Handbooks. We have worked with employers of all sizes from very small companies to medium sized companies and our largest client is an employer with 200 employees. We provide the following advice and counseling services to our client employers:

  • Employee counseling and discipline
  • Employee training
  • Employee leave issues and disability accommodation
  • Confidential information and trade secret protection
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Workplace privacy issues
  • Drafting employee handbooks and policies and procedures
  • Workplace investigations
  • Representation in litigation
  • Layoffs, terminations, reductions in force
  • Recruiting and hiring
  • All the intricacies and new laws in the COVID 19 landscape
  • Drafting of employment and executive contracts, offer letters, severance agreements.
  • Counseling regarding compliance with state, federal and local anti-discrimination and other employment laws
  • Risk assessment and suggested courses of action

II. Employee Advice and Counseling

We provide advice and counseling to employees in all aspects of employment law and litigation. We have represented clients ranging from hourly workers to C Suite Executives. We provide the following advice and counseling to our client employees:

  • Advice regarding negotiation or enforcement of employment contracts
  • Severance and Settlement Negotiations
  • Representation in Litigation
  • Workplace privacy issues
  • Non competition and non solicitation agreements
  • Confidentiality and Trade Secret Agreements
  • Compensation issues regarding salary, bonuses, commissions, incentive pay, vacation, and other benefits
  • Equity related issues
  • Wage and Hour issues
  • Leave and disability issues
  • Benefits issues
  • Discrimination and Harassment issues
  • Navigation of the new COVID 19 landscape
  • Risk assessment and suggested courses of action