In the state of California, there are many policies in place that can affect your business. There is not one lawyer or law firm that can keep up with the daily changes of all laws. This is why Stevenson Law Firm has put its energy and focus on specific areas of business law: employment and labor law advice counseling. Laws change often and keeping up with various employee issues and lawsuits can be time consuming and possibly detrimental to your business. We are here to navigate you through these laws. Please review a few of these specialty areas below.
We can help you properly draft an informative Employee Handbook if you wish to provide one to your staff. Although not required by law, some companies choose to offer a guide that employees can follow to reduce the risk of lawsuits. We are experts in this field.
We provide our clients with efficient, cost-effective solutions for their human resource needs, including:
- Drafting employee handbooks and policies and procedures manuals.
- Creating personnel policies to address expectations of employment, vacation, paid sick leave, overtime, leaves of absence, disciplinary practices, confidentiality, open door policies, company policies on discrimination and harassment, prohibited conduct, drug and alcohol policy, etc.
A common mistake that employers make is utilizing employee handbooks that are not designed to fit their business. Our attorneys work closely with clients to develop employee handbooks that address policies unique to their workplaces. Drafting handcrafted employee handbooks is just one component of our preventative approach to employment law.
Call or email us today for a free 30 minutes advice session on this topic.
Reasonable Accommodation / Disability Discrimination
It is illegal to discriminate against an employee because the employee has a disability. The law requires an employer to engage in the “interactive process” to determine a “reasonable accommodation” and to provide that accommodation unless to do so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer (“undue hardship”).
Situations like this can sometimes be difficult for an employer to balance. We have the experience to navigate you through those areas.
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Arbitration and mediation are alternatives to resolving employee claims in court before a judge or a jury. Call or email us for more information about the options of arbitration and mediation.
Family/Medical, Disability, Pregnancy Disability, Various Employee Leaves
California and federal law provide various leaves of absence based on your number of employees, such as family and medical leave, pregnancy disability leave, organ and bone marrow leave, adult literacy leave, and drug /alcohol rehabilitation leave. There are also additional leaves of absence such as school discipline leave, victims of crime leave, workers’ compensation leave, reasonable accommodation leave, military leave, jury and witness duty leaves.
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Employer / Employee Privacy
We can help you know whats legal in regards to background checks, drug testing, video surveillance/recording, computer, e-mail monitoring, social media monitoring.
Call or e-mail us now for a free 30 minute consultation for Employers only.
Wage and Hour Laws
If you have questions regarding any of the following, please call us for a free 30 minutes advice session: minimum wage, commissions, bonuses, overtime, regular rate, exempt/non-exempt status, meal periods, rest breaks, working off the clock, maintaining accurate time records, rounding practices, unlawful deductions, expense reimbursements, payment of wages, waiting time penalties, and Labor Commissioner claims and conferences. We regularly advise clients on wage and hour issues.
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Handling Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Whistle Blowing
There are right and wrong ways to terminate an employee who is just not living up to the standards you expect from your team. You can be sued for almost any excuse an employee wants to choose: retaliation, discrimination, leave law, etc.
We can advise you on how to terminate your employee, if necessary, and help you sever the employment relationship in the best way possible so as to limit the risk of a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Call or e-mail us today for a free 30-minute consultation on any of these areas of uncertainly.
You want to only hire the best employee with the right attitude, skills, background, knowledge, experience, but you also know it is unlawful to make employment decisions based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy and breast feeding), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status. We will direct you on how to stay away from anti-discrimination laws to hire who you want.
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Employment Classification (Employees vs. Independent Contractors)
Your workers are either your employees or they are independent contractors. There have been recent court rulings regarding the tests for determining who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. We are here to help you navigate this complex area of the law.
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