HR & Employment Law Expertise
Real-World Management Experience
We’ve walked in your shoes.
We understand your challenges.
And we can help.
Why Workplace Legal?
Workplace Legal represents large corporations, small businesses, startups, and high-level executives and professionals in complex labor, employment, and HR matters. We serve clients across California from offices in San Francisco, Oakland/East Bay, and Orange County.
Workplace Legal attorneys appear before state and federal courts, the California Labor Commissioner, and private arbitrators and mediators in single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage and hour, PAGA, wrongful termination, breach of contract, Equal Pay Act, retaliation/whistleblower, and discrimination and harassment claims. In addition, Workplace Legal provides daily guidance to clients on all areas of HR and employment law, from creating compliant HR infrastructures to drafting executive employment agreements to advising on employee disability and discipline/termination issues to conducting executive severance negotiations.
At Workplace Legal, we approach every client and every matter from a business perspective because we’ve owned businesses too. Our attorneys have launched companies, built HR infrastructures, and hired employees. We understand the challenges of managing a workforce in California which has, without question, the most difficult, complex, and employee-friendly HR and employment laws in the nation.
Our experience as entrepreneurs informs everything we do at Workplace Legal. When you bring us an HR or employment issue, we know the law. But we also know the real world. At Workplace Legal, we resolve your HR and employment law issues in your real-world context where there are always trade-offs – usually many different ways to approach and resolve a single challenge, each with its own upside/downside, risk/benefit, and cost/reward.
We’ve confronted risk, we’ve quantified it, and we’ve managed it. We get it.
With decades of HR and employment law expertise, and real-world business and management experience, Workplace Legal delivers smart, practical, and cost-effective HR and employment law solutions to help you succeed.
Jun 22 2022
U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Bombshell PAGA Ruling in Favor of Employers
On June 15, 2022, in a blockbuster case known as Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, the U.S. Supreme Court finally answered a burning employment law issue here in California – whether California’s rule prohibiting the use of arbitration agreements to force an employee to waive her right to bring a representative action under PAGA… Read More
May 29 2022
CA Supreme Court: Meal/Rest Period “Premium Pay” Is Wages
On May 22, 2022, the California Supreme Court held in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. that premium payments owed by an employer to a non-exempt employee for missed meal/rest periods are “wages” and not penalties. Thus, when those premium payments are owed but not timely paid, the employer can be subject to additional penalties… Read More
Feb 14 2022
Will They Stay or Will They Go? Gauging Employee Satisfaction Through “Stay Interviews”
Employee retention remains at the forefront of many employers’ minds – especially in light of the ongoing “Great Resignation.” In a recent article published by Fast Company, author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic examines the concept of “stay interviews” as a possible remedy to concerns about retention. Chamorro-Premuzic defines a stay interview as a one-on-one conversation with employees… Read More