Counseling and Transactional

Paul, Plevin attorneys work closely with our clients to provide advice and counsel aimed at maintaining compliance with California law and minimizing risk.

All of the firm’s partners and senior associates provide employers with counseling and transactional support in addition to litigation services.

Paul, Plevin’s employment counseling and transactional practice is as broad as the issues that confront California employers. Firm attorneys regularly provide advice on performance management, discipline and termination. We help clients navigate the difficult issues related to disabilities and leaves of absence. We conduct full-scale employment practices audits, or targeted compliance audits in specific areas of personnel management, to help ensure compliance with applicable laws and use of best practices to manage risk. Paul, Plevin attorneys draft policies and handbooks, as well as confidentiality and trade secrets agreements, employment contracts for employees and executives, and severance and settlement agreements. We give advice on implementing layoffs, and with issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions. A number of firm attorneys are experts in California wage and hour law, and give counsel on payroll, bonus, commission, exempt classification and meal/rest period issues, among others. We provide advice on conducting internal investigations, including claims of discrimination, harassment and other employee misconduct, and when necessary, can serve as the investigator of such claims.  

If our clients have labor unions, firm attorneys can advise management on dealing with representation elections, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining and other union issues.

Our multi-state and national clients rely on our state law expertise to avoid liability under California’s multitude of unique employment statues, regulations and government enforcement positions. 

We emphasize practice, not theory

The firm is committed to providing practical advice that is sensitive to our clients’ business needs and objectives. Our clients appreciate our refreshing emphasis on practice, not theory. The firm’s goal is to partner with our clients to provide the advice and services they need to identify potential problems before they arise, and deal with the inevitable problems and disputes that come from today’s complex body of employment laws and regulations. We understand the value of providing our clients with straight-forward analysis of their issues, and creative options to achieve their objectives.          

An important part of this effort is Paul, Plevin’s innovative training programs, on everything from mandatory sexual harassment training, to “Seven Habits of the Frequently Sued Managers,” to conducting “Layoffs Without Lawsuits,” to managing complicated leave and accommodation issues, to critical thinking for the human resources professional.

Keeping our clients informed

We are also committed to keeping our clients up to date on the latest developments affecting their business. Whenever a significant development occurs affecting California employers, Paul, Plevin sends an “Employment Law E-Update,” typically within one day of the development, emphasizing a simple explanation of what happened, and always with a short, to-the-point explanation of “What This Means.” The firm also holds seminars, including our annual “Workplace Law Update,” that is attended by representatives of many of California’s leading companies.