California Labor and Employment Attorney
A labor and employment attorney helps a business manage its most valuable resource: its employees. A business can only be as strong and as motivated as its workforce. Where the employees of a business are committed to the business’s mission and values, the business will flourish as employees are eager to come to work and put their efforts toward making the business succeed. Where the employees feel they are neglected, treated poorly, or are unmotivated, however, the business will never reach its full production or output potential. This is why it is important for business owners to take labor and employment issues seriously and address them quickly. A labor and employment attorney can help them do this.
A business that ignores violations of labor laws and employment laws may soon find itself out of business as employees leave to find more satisfying work, fines and penalties from government agencies are levied against the business, and lawsuits drain the time and remaining resources of the business. Assistance from the California labor and employment law firm of JGPC Law can help you comply with labor and employment laws – resulting in happier and more productive employees and less government intrusion – so that you can focus on running your business.
Common Labor and Employment Issues
Labor and employment law is a broad field encompassing many potential issues that affect the relationship between employer and employee. The laws and regulations that make up the labor and employment law field set forth certain rights and expectations that employees may have regarding their work for their employer. When these rights and expectations are not met, government action and/or private lawsuits may result.
Some of the more common labor and employment law issues that are litigated in court include:
- Employment Discrimination: It is unlawful for a business owner to discriminate against an employee or a potential employee on the basis of that person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, religion, and/or sexual orientation (amongst others). An employee who feels that his or her employer is either overtly or covertly discriminating against him or her has legal rights that can be enforced in court.
- Safe Working Conditions and Workers’ Compensation: An employer has an obligation to take steps to provide workers with a reasonably safe working environment. Failure to do so can result in fines and sanctions levied by state and federal agencies. Furthermore, workers who are injured or who become ill on the job (whether through the fault of the employee, the employer, and/or a third party) may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits payable by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
- Fair Wages: Employees expect to be compensated fairly and timely for their efforts, and state and federal laws provide legal redress for them when they are not. This can result in significant fines and penalties for the business: for example, an employer who wrongfully withholds wages can end up paying the employee his or her wrongfully-withheld wages several times over as a penalty for doing so.
Changes Due to Business Sales, Mergers or Acquisitions
The change in ownership of a business often demands changes in labor organization, resulting in issues on headcount reduction, job realignment, contract negotiations and more legal issues. In addition, effective (and legal) communications to employees vary by state and local laws. An experienced Labor and Employment law firm like JGPC can guide your company through these treacherous waters.
Contact JGPC Law for Labor and Employment Law Assistance
JGPC Law provides legal counsel for employment law, hour and wage laws, and other legal services to business owners in Pleasanton, Oakland, Danville, Walnut Creek, Livermore, San Leandro, Fremont and throughout northern California so that they may remain in compliance with state and federal labor and employment. Where an employee or government agency does file a lawsuit alleging that the business owner has violated his or her workers’ rights, our law firm provides vigorous and aggressive representation so as to defend the business owner and reduce the business’s legal liability. Learn how we can assist you by speaking with us by telephone at (925) 463-9600 or contacting our office online.