Employment Law

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Advice and Counseling

Saber pierces through the fog of complicated (and sometimes conflicting) federal, state, and local employment laws to give you a roadmap that avoids legal traps. With Saber, you will be armed with clarity on business implications, so you can make timely and strategic decisions.

From the most urgent and sensitive matters, to risk-mitigating policies and procedures, Saber is your ally.

Legal matters covered include:

  • Wage and hour laws
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Retaliation, whistleblower, and other workplace complaints
  • Background checks, pre-employment testing, and drug and alcohol testing
  • Hiring, discipline, performance management, and termination advice
  • Leaves of absences
  • Disability accommodations
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation issues
  • Employee mobility issues
  • Protection of trade secrets and intellectual property
  • Compensation plans
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Employment policies and employee handbooks
  • Employee privacy and social media use
  • Reorganizations and reductions in force
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Executive representations

Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations can be highly-sensitive. Saber is renowned for its approach.

All investigations are prompt and thorough, including detailed, confidential oral or written reports. Saber attorneys work side-by-side with in-house counterparts to arrive at quick and fair resolution.

Examples of matters investigated include:

  • Allegations of harassment against the head of HR of a publicly traded technology company;
  • Allegations of abusive conduct and sexual harassment against management at a rapidly growing technology company; and
  • Allegations of harassment and mismanagement against the founder and CEO of a Bay Area non-profit organization.

Workplace Trainings and Audits

Prevention is the best defense. Saber tailors management and harassment prevention training for clients. Trainings comply with California mandates (including AB 1825 and SB 1343).

Training topics cover sexual harassment prevention, diversity in the workplace, reporting procedures, proper documentation practices, and recent changes in the law.

A complementary offering is internal audits, as well as responding to government audits, to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Comprehensive reviews cover employer’s policies, practices, and forms.

Examples of audits conducted include:

  • In-depth wage and hour audits of pay plans and restructure of pay plans for legal compliance
  • Review and analysis of equal pay practices; and
  • Responding to the DLSE’s audit following PAGA letter for classification of exempt/non-exempt employees.

Employment Litigations

Saber has a distinct full-service offering, including litigation, trial, and post-trial motions, from the day a lawsuit is filed through dispositive motion, settlement, arbitration hearing, or jury verdict.

Saber’s litigation philosophy is to conduct early case evaluations, assess options, and conduct strategic planning. Early disposition controls costs. Saber also employs advanced technological tools to organize and analyze large volumes of data, such as electronically-stored information and communications.

Saber trial attorneys bring a strong track record in courtrooms as well as in filing writs and appeals with the appellate courts.

Examples of single and multiple plaintiff actions in state and federal courts include claims of:

  • discrimination
  • harassment
  • retaliation
  • wrongful termination
  • trade secret misappropriation
  • defamation
  • invasion of privacy
  • emotional distress
  • breach of contract
  • unpaid minimum and overtime wages
  • missed meal and rest breaks

For more information about our Employment Law Practice, contact Shirley Wang.