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The Wilkerson Law Office represents employers in employment-related litigation, counseling and transactions — representing them in all matters from employee claims prevention to management training and development.  As an employer you are not only responsible for the day-to-day success of your business, but you are also responsible for the actions of your employees and for adhering to federal and state labor and employment laws.

In addition to providing pre-litigation counseling and advocacy, The Wilkerson Law Office assists employers with hiring and termination practices, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, preparation of employee handbooks, policies, employment agreements, and performance management.

As a California employment law firm we advocate for employer preparation and litigation prevention. We also provide in-house training on topics such as sexual harassment, discrimination, hiring and termination practices, proper disciplinary methods, leave of absence management, and other employee-related topics.

Sexual Harassment, Diversity and Inclusion Training

Pursuant to California’s AB 1825, businesses with 50 or more employeesthumb2 are required to provide mandatory sexual harassment training for their employees every two years.  Implementing a harassment and discrimination prevention program will ensure that your employees are aware of the laws surrounding age, disability, national origin, race, religion, pregnancy and sex.  The program will increase awareness and sensitivity while improving the overall work environment.

Additionally, learn how to capitalize on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of employees within your company to create a business that reaches a wide range of consumers.  The Wilkerson Law Office will help you foster an environment that allows your employees’ breadth of talents to flourish in order to help your company grow.  Topics include benefits of diversity, leading a diverse organization, and uncovering implicit bias.

Finally, an essential component to running a successful business is growing and empowering effective leaders.  It is important to ensure that your managers and supervisors understand how to efficiently communicate and motivate workers in order to produce high quality output.  The Wilkerson Law Office can provide workshops on effective communication tactics for supervisors, motivational techniques for employees, and safe spaces where ideas can be shared and developed.

Proper Employee Classification

people-avatars_23-2147501881Properly classifying employees is an integral aspect of every business.  This is because misclassifying a worker as something other than an “employee” can result in penalties from the IRS and the Department of Labor.  The Wilkerson Law Office can provide the solution by reviewing job duties and descriptions and advising on the distinction between “employee” and “independent contractor” and understanding what makes a worker “exempt” as opposed to “non-exempt” from overtime.

Workplace Investigations

The Wilkerson Law Office provides workplace investigations for small and mid size businesses, public entities, education institutions, and non-profit organizations.  We investigate complaints ranging from individual allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation to claims of systemic age and sexual discrimination.  We can also offer training on conducting workplace investigations, as well as prevention of sexual embarrassment, retaliation, and discrimination on all bases.

Employee Handbooks

If you have even one employee, it is important to create an employee handbook that clearly explains your workplace policies.  There are many benefits to having an employee handbook including allowing every employee to receive the same information about the rules of the workplace, knowing what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you, and gaining valuable legal protection if an employee later challenges you in court.  The Wilkerson Law Office can provide a comprehensive handbook that not only outlines your company’s employment-related policies and general rules of conduct, but also protect your legal rights and responsibilities as an employer.

In addition to working with for-profit businesses, The Wilkerson Law Office works with non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations to meet their unique needs.

If you have any questions or are seeking more information, give us a call today for a consultation.