Many potentially contentious labor and employment issues can be resolved quickly and cost effectively through careful investigation of allegations and complaints followed by swift, appropriate responses.
Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Labor & Employment attorneys are experienced in conducting prompt and thorough investigations for both public agencies and private entities. Recognizing that labor and employment problems often involve high stakes and intense time pressure, we not only act quickly to investigate, we also work closely with human resources and management staff on proactive measures, setting policies and protocols regarding documentation, conducting employee/manager training, establishing investigation procedures and helping ensure that employment decisions made, and actions taken, are in full compliance with all applicable laws. When handling investigations, we place a premium on assuring privacy and confidentiality, maintaining workplace productivity, limiting damage to our client’s reputation and promptly resolving issues.
Comprehensive Service
In each instance, we conduct a thorough investigation by interviewing witnesses and reviewing documents and communications. Then we prepare a comprehensive report with our factual findings. For instance, when an employer is considering employee discipline, we provide counsel and representation at every step of the process. We advise on the initial investigation, evaluate the evidence supporting discipline, review the consistency and appropriateness of the discipline, prepare all required notices, and represent the client in due process hearing, arbitrations, administrative hearings, judicial litigation and any appeals.
Our Labor & Employment attorneys regularly investigate employee complaints and vigorously defend our employer clients in litigation and administrative matters at the federal, state and local levels. We conduct employee investigations in a wide variety of claims including those involving:

  • Harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and misconduct (including criminal conduct and threats of violence)
  • Code violations
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Unsafe work environment claims
  • Disability accommodations
  • Exercise of protected rights
  • Misconduct claims against officers, directors, managers, high-level elected officials and appointed officials and managers, police officers, firefighters and others
Cathy S. Holmes

Cathy S. Holmes


(951) 826-8218

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater


(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Mark R. Velasquez

Mark R. Velasquez

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2824

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | General & Special Counsel | Investigations | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
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CALPELRA Annual Conference 2018

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Labor & Employment Law: What Changed in 2017

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Best in Law: Four Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid a #MeToo Situation

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New Legislation and Case Law Impacting California Employers

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