California Labor Law Alert
Here’s why being an employer in California demands extra vigilance:
- The cost of defending a labor lawsuit can readily exhaust a million dollars (excluding judgments).
- Given the disruption and expense of a lawsuit, even the “successful” defense of such an action cannot be viewed as a victory, or a solution.
- California laws make it extremely easy for employees to sue an employer.
- California laws make it easy for employees to win, and force the employer to pay for their attorneys... unless you are prepared.
Here’s how you prepare:
- Create a legally-potent employee handbook or manual, which includes all legal protections permitted by law; many companies fail to take this important step.
- Make sure your handbook is regularly updated, so its protective qualities are not undermined by frequent changes in law.
- If employees complain about working conditions, or if you are thinking about firing an employee, call me immediately, to be certain that you follow specific procedures to avoid legal exposure.
- With the above three simple precautions you’ll short circuit at least 80% of even the most aggressive plaintiffs’ lawyers.
- For the final 20% you’ll need to up your game significantly. Take advantage of my introductory special to be sure you’re fully protected.
While I can’t guarantee that you’ll never be sued when represented by my office, I can tell you this: of the hundreds of employers I have represented and advised, not one has ever been taken to court for any labor-related claim with these precautions in place. . . and I’ve been practicing labor law since 1981. I have a superlative record. If you want that kind of experience on your side, give me a call. I’d be happy to help.