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Labor & Employment

Best Best & Krieger provides private and public employers with a full range of legal counsel and litigation services for all types of workplace issues and needs.

A wide range of public and private sector employers turn to Best Best & Krieger for representation in all aspects of labor and employment law. From family businesses to major corporations, and from municipalities to special districts focused on law enforcement and fire protection, public works and utilities, healthcare, and education, our lawyers work closely and personally with employer clients to develop effective compliance and dispute resolution strategies. When necessary, our lawyers also provide a vigorous defense in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour and  other labor and employment litigation.  Because labor and employment problems often involve high stakes and intense time pressure, we are committed to giving employers highly responsive service.

We counsel private and public sector clients on all aspects of employment laws and human resources management issues, including wage and hour standards, layoffs, employee termination, discipline matters and personnel policies. We provide advice on compliance with state and federal laws such as Title VII, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, family leave laws, and the WARN Act. When workplace concerns arise out of the collective bargaining process, we handle contract negotiations, impasse procedures, grievance and arbitration proceedings, union representation proceedings and unfair labor practice charges before local, state and federal agencies. Our lawyers regularly represent employers before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and State Labor Commissioner, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, as well as before public agency personnel boards and civil service commissions. 

While our goal is to help employers avoid litigation, we have extensive experience in every aspect of employment litigation, from single or multiple employee discrimination cases to sexual harassment allegations to class action wage and hour claims in all state and federal courts throughout California. We are committed to providing an aggressive defense for our clients while at the same time remaining cognizant of economic realities. 

For public sector employers considering employee discipline, our firm provides advice and representation in every step of the process. We can advise on the initial investigation and evaluation of evidence supporting discipline, review the consistency and appropriateness of discipline, prepare all required notices, conduct the due process hearing, and defend the employer in administrative as well as judicial appeals. Our lawyers have appeared on behalf of governmental clients in proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board, in arbitration hearings, in matters before commissions on professional competence (involving the discharge of permanent certificated employees), and in classified personnel commission hearings. 

We are committed to being a part of the solution to our employer clients' labor issues, whether through counseling, negotiations or litigation.

For additional information, please contact Alison Alpert Labor & Employment practice group leader.

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