Employment Law Advice

Employment Law Advice

Shaw Law Group’s employment law advice and counseling practice sets us apart from other firms. We work with some of the largest employers in the country; small, local businesses; and public entities. Each workplace has different and unique employment law issues.  We collaborate with our clients to deliver practical advice that is both legally sound and tailored to our clients’ needs.

Our employment law advice practice includes:

Workplace Law Counseling

  • Employment agreements, offer letters, and application development and review
  • Handbook and policy development
  • Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution programs
  • Independent contractor analysis and agreements
  • Joint employer risk assessment
  • Exempt/non-exempt classification analysis
  • Commission, bonus, and other incentive plans
  • Paid sick leave and other protected time off
  • Confidentiality, non-disclosure and restrictive covenant agreements
  • Leave of absence management
  • Termination risk assessment
  • Reasonable accommodation analysis
  • Layoff, RIF and WARN planning and execution
  • Separation agreements
  • Litigation risk assessment

Agency Work

California and federal administrative agencies investigate a variety of claims, and conduct inspections and audits of our clients’ practices. We represent clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Labor Commissioner, and other agencies. We can help with:

  • Position statements
  • Representation at informal conferences and hearings
  • Agency audit defense
  • Mediation and settlement

Workplace Audits

Deep and wide experience and employment law knowledge allow our lawyers to develop and conduct customized workplace audits on subjects such as:

  • Culture/environment
  • Wage-hour compliance
  • Leave of absence compliance
  • Preparation for and response to agency investigations
  • Personnel files
  • Posters and recordkeeping
  • Litigation vulnerability assessments
  • “PAGA” claim evaluation

Litigation Monitoring and Support

Our lawyers are well experienced in the management and defense of employment claims. We can help make sense of the process. We also assess outside counsel’s performance to ensure your organization receives the best possible representation. Services we provide in this area include:

  • Billing analysis
  • Liaison to and oversight of outside litigation attorneys
  • Review of motion papers, discovery, depositions
  • Summary judgment assessment
  • Mediation assistance
  • Trial themes and preparation

Expert Witness Testimony

Our attorneys have dozens of years of experience providing high-quality employment law representation. We have published hundreds of articles on substantive workplace issues, trained lawyers and others on a variety of subjects, and litigated hundreds of matters before courts, agencies, and arbitrators. Greg Valenza and Eric Glassman have briefed and/or argued matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, and federal appellate courts.

This breadth of knowledge and expertise makes us particularly well suited to expert witness work.  We are available to offer retained or trial expert opinions on any of the following subjects:

  • Investigation adequacy
  • Wage-hour policies
  • Handbook/personnel manual analysis
  • EEO compliance and training assessment
  • HR competence regarding discharge, discipline, and policy implementation
  • Interactive process and accommodation evaluation
  • Skelly risk analysis
  • Legal malpractice and standard of care in employment law matters
  • Attorney’s-fees motions