Employment

Preventive Counseling

Wisdom about the value of prevention versus the cost of a cure is particularly applicable in employment law. Greenberg Glusker attorneys use powerful resources in our preventive counseling in employment matters.

We work collaboratively with clients to find ways that substantially minimize the risk of employment litigation, wage claims and other employment-related claims.  Our attorneys help our clients face these challenges while also protecting our clients’ proprietary interests and confidential information.  We focus on anticipating and preventing problems before they arise and guide clients through an increasingly complex number of laws and regulations governing the workplace. 

Education and information are valuable components of our counsel. We provide a full array of services designed to keep our clients fully informed about, and in compliance with, laws governing the workplace.  Litigation prevention is a major emphasis and we continually seek to minimize our clients’ exposure to costly litigation and administrative claims.

To manage risk and increase employer protections, we provide in-house management training on a variety of topics, including preventing sexual harassment and minimizing employment liability.  We work  in a concerted effort with our clients in preparing customized personnel documents, including employee handbooks, applications, agreements on confidentiality, assignment of rights and non-solicitation, executive contracts, and severance and release agreements. The range of counsel we provide is comprehensive, from wage and hour compliance to discipline and termination in the workplace. 

Our Employment Law Group attorneys have decades of experience in counseling management on employment issues related to mergers, reductions in force and acquisitions.  When new legislation or case law affects our employer clients, we provide timely legal updates summarizing these developments. 

We represent employers in all industries and all sizes. In one unique area of our practice, our transactional employment specialists have an in-depth background representing high-profile and high net worth individuals in their personal employment relations with their domestic employees. We provide guidance on compliance with complex domestic wage and hour laws and confidentiality protections that are of paramount importance.

For more information, please contact Olivia Goodkin.

  • Routinely oversee daily operational employment issues for a variety of employer clients of all sizes and in all industries.
  • Provide on-site training of managers on minimizing employment liability, from the hiring process through termination. We also offer a two-hour comprehensive interactive workshop for all supervisors on identifying and preventing sexual harassment that satisfies all requirements of California law.
  • Collaborate and proactively counsel our clients in formulating customized personnel policies, including employee handbooks, employment applications, executive contracts, commission agreements, consulting agreements and independent contractor agreements.
  • Ensure that our clients’ wage and hour and payroll practices, including classification of employees as exempt and non-exempt from overtime laws, are in full compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Protect confidentiality and minimize employment liability of high net worth and high profile clients, especially in relation to their domestic and personal employees.
  • Coordinate investigations of workplace impropriety, including theft, sexual harassment and other employee misconduct.
  • Counsel and represent employers with respect to all aspects of the laws of trade secrets and unfair competition, including such issues as misuse of proprietary information by former employees, enforceability of noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements and interference with contracts and business relationships.
  • Provide ongoing advice to our clients in all the critical areas of employment law.  These include compliance with wage and hour laws, COBRA, state and federal discrimination laws, all federal and state leave of absence laws, sick leave and pregnancy discrimination and leave issues.  Additional areas of practice include counsel on conflict of interest policies, non-solicitation policies, covenants not to compete, independent contractor classification, severance agreements, and negotiation of severance packages and exit agreements for highly compensated executives.  Our attorneys also handle issues involving vacation and other benefits, obligations concerning tips and gratuities, commission structures, internet concerns, leased employees, recruitment and hiring, recordkeeping and posting requirements, drug testing, negligent hiring and retention, the WARN Act and other issues relating to the purchase and sale of a company, layoff and downsizing matters, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and background checks, and workplace violence matters.
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