Comprehensive preparation is the best way to guard your business against employment law troubles. At Garcia & Gurney A Law Corporation in Pleasanton, we are committed to helping our clients succeed by providing tools that help executives and managers create a positive environment where ground rules are clear and structures are in place to head off potential complaints. Whether you’re looking for guidance on hiring, onboarding, performance management, leave policy, anti-discrimination laws or sexual harassment prevention, our California lawyers are here for you.
Without warning, an employment law problem can arise, threatening productivity and possibly leading to legal exposure. Avoiding the harmful stray comment or misinterpreted request from a supervisor is the best way to preserve workplace harmony and protect your bottom line. Our firm offers effective training to managers and human resources so that the people in charge understand what is prohibited under law.
California has tough anti-bias laws that include many more protected classes than similar federal statutes. These rules must be followed from the beginning of the hiring process through onboarding and at all times during the worker’s tenure with your business. A reliable, authoritative handbook gives recruiters, HR departments and supervisors the tools they need to stay in compliance. We draft policies to be shared with new employees and guidelines to help companies manage their legal risk.
The Paid Family Leave (PFL) program in California allows eligible employees to protect their job and collect partial wage replacement benefits while they bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. Payments last for eight weeks and unpaid leave is guaranteed for 12 weeks, though individual employers might have different rules. If you’re looking to codify your company’s leave rules or have a question as to whether you’re in compliance, we can help.
Establishing a strong, transparent system for employee performance management and discipline gives executives a framework that minimizes the need for improvisation and reduces the likelihood of wrongful termination claims. These processes can balance the need to keep productive workers engaged while holding them accountable when they fail to meet the required standards.
Statutory changes, judicial decisions and cultural changes can quickly alter the legal employer-employee relationship. As a firm that concentrates on all facets of labor law, we can keep you apprised of the latest developments in wage and hour rules, the interpretation of employment contracts and other employer concerns. Our proactive guidance can help you avoid common pitfalls and take advantage of opportunities that arise based on legal shifts.
Successful businesses require a group of individuals to collaborate despite different values and backgrounds. A comment that one employee takes in stride could trigger the person next to them to lodge a discrimination complaint. There’s no way to understand everyone’s flash points, so it is critical to create a workplace culture that discourages employees and others from testing others’ boundaries. When everyone understands that discrimination, harassment and abusive conduct will be punished effectively every time, they are motivated to watch what they say and do. You can rely on us for practical advice on establishing clear ground rules, as well as skillful advocacy if a complaint is made.
Garcia & Gurney A Law Corporation advises California employers on a full range of employment law matters and represents them in negotiations and legal proceedings. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 925-468-0400 or contact us online.
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