Wage & Hour Law

Although individual wage and hour claims may only involve low-dollar exposure, when such claims are brought as class actions, potential liability, penalties and defense costs skyrocket into the millions. Manufacturers, fulfillment centers, logistics services and other businesses with less-skilled, lower-paid workers and high turnover are particularly vulnerable to attacks, and claims are on the rise.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Labor & Employment attorneys offer private and public-sector employers and their managers guidance on all aspects of wage and hour policies and practices and compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Labor Code, California Code of Regulations and relevant wage orders. We work closely with risk management and human resource personnel in developing effective prevention, compliance, training and dispute resolution strategies. Additionally, we advise and defend clients regarding employee exemptions, misclassifications, overtime, off-the-clock, minimum wage compliance, and miscalculated commissions and bonuses issues and claims, among others.
 
Our attorneys assert and defend clients’ interests in proceedings at all local, state and federal levels, appearing on their behalf before state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Labor Commissioner, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other administrative agencies, as well as before public agency personnel boards and civil service commissions.
 
We strive to resolve claims through arbitration, mediation, individual and union negotiations and settlements. However, when litigation proves necessary or in our clients’ best interests, our Labor & Employment litigators defend clients in courts at all levels in single-plaintiff, collective and class actions.
 
We stay current on the latest developments impacting employers to help our clients reduce risk and avoid liability. For instance, in light of the NLRB’s ruling regarding the use of arbitration agreements with class action waivers, we are working with clients to implement agreements with such waivers to insulate them from class action exposure.
 

Alison D. Alpert

Alison D. Alpert

Partner

(619) 525-1304

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Ben Carney

Ben Carney

Associate

(951) 826-8378

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Wage & Hour Law
Roger K. Crawford

Roger K. Crawford

Partner

(909) 466-4918

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Christopher Deal

Christopher Deal

Partner

(949) 263-6567

Areas of Focus: Business | Eminent Domain | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Real Estate | Wage & Hour Law
Cynthia M. Germano

Cynthia M. Germano

Partner

(951) 826-8232

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Howard B. Golds

Howard B. Golds

Partner

(951) 826-8339

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment
Elizabeth A. Han

Elizabeth A. Han

Associate

(951) 826-8251

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law
Kandice L. Kim

Kandice L. Kim

Associate

(949) 263-2613

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Damian M. Moos

Damian M. Moos

Partner

(949) 263-6570

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Business Transactions | Intellectual Property | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Joseph T. Ortiz

Joseph T. Ortiz

Partner

(951) 826-8291

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater

Partner

(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
D. Brian Reider

D. Brian Reider

Partner

(909) 466-4908

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Business Transactions | Finance & Banking | Labor & Employment | Real Estate
Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards

Associate

(949) 263-2619

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Partner

(619) 525-1372

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Stacey N. Sheston

Stacey N. Sheston

Partner

(916) 551-2099

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law
John D. Wahlin

John D. Wahlin

Partner

(951) 826-8313

Areas of Focus: Business | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Labor & Employment | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Tax | Trusts & Estates
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