Employment

Califf & Harper, P.C. attorneys provide full service employment law counseling to employers and litigate as to the multitude of today's employment law issues.

Handling Civil Disputes with Your Goals and Objectives in Mind
Our attorneys handle all varieties of employment-related civil litigation, including claims for all varieties of discrimination, sexual harassment, racial and ethnic harassment, unfair competition, wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and state wage claims, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). These include defending employers against suits brought by individual plaintiffs, multi-plaintiffs and class action suits.

Administrative Agency Charges
Califf & Harper, P.C. attorneys have broad experience representing employers with pending administrative agency charges. For example, we have successfully represented clients in numerous charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), as well as before individual state fair employment agencies. We respond aggressively to these charges, seeking at the earliest possible opportunity to demonstrate to the agency involved that the relevant allegations are without merit.

We have also represented many clients before state labor commissions and have successfully handled audits and investigations by such agencies as the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB").

Personnel Policies
We routinely assist clients in the development, implementation and enforcement of a wide range of personnel policies and programs. These include pay and benefit policies that comply with relevant state and federal regulations, leave of absence policies that integrate the complex rules created by state and federal laws, and early retirement programs that allow for workforce reductions without the need for involuntary terminations. Our attorneys can help you create employee handbooks and can provide training on policies to employees, management, or both. For example, we provide workplace harassment training to our clients on a regular or as-needed basis.

Client Counseling As to Employment Obligations
We advise clients daily regarding ongoing employee relations matters such as disciplinary issues, sexual harassment concerns, hiring and orientation protocols, and drug and alcohol problems. Additionally, we routinely assist clients with difficult issues relating to leave of absence policies, as well as work redesign and reasonable accommodation questions.

Much of our work in this area is dedicated to helping clients avoid employment-related pitfalls, rather than simply responding to difficulties as they arise. In this regard, we regularly inform our clients of recent legal developments of interest and suggest methods to apply them to their organization; suggest, develop and participate in training and educational programs for management staff designed to increase their awareness of and appreciation for their own responsibilities in this area; and establish working relationships with clients designed to encourage discussion of relevant issues before problems can develop. In so doing, we emphasize keeping our clients informed of required compliance with their employment obligations.

Employee Benefits Matters
Our attorneys also are experienced in handling tax and labor controversies involving employee benefit plans at both the state and federal level. We also have extensive experience in advising clients regarding all aspects of leave of absence issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") and state counterparts, pregnancy leave, workers' compensation leave and military leave.

Employment Issues
Our attorneys are prepared to help you properly deal with whatever human resource issues your company may encounter. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your employment law matters, including the following topics:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA")
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA")
  • COBRA
  • HIPAA
  • ERISA
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Defamation
  • Deferred compensation
  • Employee welfare benefits
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and like state agencies
  • Executive employment contracts
  • Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA")
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Litigation
  • Pensions, 401(k) and other defined contribution plans
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Veteran reemployment rights

Califf & Harper, P.C. attorneys provide full service employment law counseling to employers and litigate as to the multitude of today's employment law issues.

Handling Civil Disputes with Your Goals and Objectives in Mind
Our attorneys handle all varieties of employment-related civil litigation, including claims for all varieties of discrimination, sexual harassment, racial and ethnic harassment, unfair competition, wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and state wage claims, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). These include defending employers against suits brought by individual plaintiffs, multi-plaintiffs and class action suits.

Administrative Agency Charges
Califf & Harper, P.C. attorneys have broad experience representing employers with pending administrative agency charges. For example, we have successfully represented clients in numerous charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), as well as before individual state fair employment agencies. We respond aggressively to these charges, seeking at the earliest possible opportunity to demonstrate to the agency involved that the relevant allegations are without merit.

We have also represented many clients before state labor commissions and have successfully handled audits and investigations by such agencies as the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB").

Personnel Policies
We routinely assist clients in the development, implementation and enforcement of a wide range of personnel policies and programs. These include pay and benefit policies that comply with relevant state and federal regulations, leave of absence policies that integrate the complex rules created by state and federal laws, and early retirement programs that allow for workforce reductions without the need for involuntary terminations. Our attorneys can help you create employee handbooks and can provide training on policies to employees, management, or both. For example, we provide workplace harassment training to our clients on a regular or as-needed basis.

Client Counseling As to Employment Obligations
We advise clients daily regarding ongoing employee relations matters such as disciplinary issues, sexual harassment concerns, hiring and orientation protocols, and drug and alcohol problems. Additionally, we routinely assist clients with difficult issues relating to leave of absence policies, as well as work redesign and reasonable accommodation questions.

Much of our work in this area is dedicated to helping clients avoid employment-related pitfalls, rather than simply responding to difficulties as they arise. In this regard, we regularly inform our clients of recent legal developments of interest and suggest methods to apply them to their organization; suggest, develop and participate in training and educational programs for management staff designed to increase their awareness of and appreciation for their own responsibilities in this area; and establish working relationships with clients designed to encourage discussion of relevant issues before problems can develop. In so doing, we emphasize keeping our clients informed of required compliance with their employment obligations.

Employee Benefits Matters
Our attorneys also are experienced in handling tax and labor controversies involving employee benefit plans at both the state and federal level. We also have extensive experience in advising clients regarding all aspects of leave of absence issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") and state counterparts, pregnancy leave, workers compensation leave, and military leave.

Employment Issues
Our attorneys are prepared to help you properly deal with whatever human resource issues your company may encounter. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your employment law matters, including the following topics:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA")
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA")
  • COBRA
  • HIPAA
  • ERISA
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Defamation
  • Deferred compensation
  • Employee welfare benefits
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and like state agencies
  • Executive employment contracts
  • Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA")
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Litigation
  • Pensions, 401(k) and other defined contribution plans
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Veteran reemployment rights
 
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