At the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Sloan, we know the local, state, and federal laws and regulations that govern the employer-employee relationship. We represent large corporations, small startups, and individual high-level executives and professionals in all types of HR and employment-related matters. We offer an integrated, comprehensive employment and HR solution:
Counseling and Preventive Law
We provide advice on the full spectrum of employment and HR issues, including: wage-and-hour compliance, employee hiring/testing/selection, employee discipline and termination, leaves of absence, employee privacy, unfair competition/trade secrets, and employee accommodations. We have experience classifying and defending independent contractor designations and employee overtime exemptions. We have advised clients on local, state, and federal employment laws as diverse as FEHA, FLSA, FMLA, CFRA, ADA, Title VII, WARN, PAGA, ERISA, ACA, Healthy SF, and the California Wage Orders. In every case, with every client, Sloan has one goal — to partner with clients to prevent HR and employment problems before they arise.
When a dispute cannot be resolved by any other means, we are prepared to litigate to protect our client’s interests. We have appeared in virtually every forum where employment claims are heard, from state and federal courtrooms to Labor Commissioner hearing rooms. We have litigated all types of employment-related disputes, including: wage-and-hour violations, PAGA claims, wrongful termination claims, trade secrets disputes, breach of contract claims, unfair competition claims, and employee harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disability claims.
We partner with our clients to understand their concerns, their goals, and their constraints. We thoroughly evaluate the merits of each case and provide clients with a candid assessment of the likelihood of success and a strategy for getting there — as quickly and efficiently as possible. At all times, we stay focused on getting to a resolution that accomplishes your goals so that you can close this chapter and get back to business.
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The unfortunate truth is that most California employers will, at some point, find themselves in a dispute with an executive or other employee. These disputes, if not handled properly, can quickly escalate into costly, public litigation. Sometimes aggressive litigation is the best or only strategy; other times, however, given the nature of the underlying dispute or the personalities or relationships of the disputing parties, the matter may be better suited for resolution by arbitration, mediation, or some other form of early neutral evaluation. We have experience arbitrating and mediating all types of employment claims, from breach of contract matters to harassment and discrimination claims to wage and hour violations.
As part of our role as employment counselor, we regularly negotiate and draft all types of critical employment documents and agreements, including: executive employment and compensation agreements, arbitration agreements, bonus and incentive compensation plans, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, sexual harassment and EEO policies, confidentiality/trade secrets agreements, and employee separation agreements.
Executive Severance Negotiation
We represent companies, CEOs, CFOs, and other high-level executives and professionals in employment termination and severance negotiations. We identify potential legal claims/defenses and uncover other points of leverage that can be exploited in severance negotiations. We also have the judgment and business sense to understand that these negotiations are sensitive; finesse is critical because ongoing business relationships and reputations must be preserved. In short, we negotiate firmly but carefully. And we advise you continually throughout the process so you always know your next best alternative and can make an informed decision on when to compromise and when to litigate.
California employers have a legal duty to investigate employee complaints of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. Hiring experienced counsel that has brought and defended these types of claims provides employers with critical insight and strategic guidance necessary to reach smart, defensible findings and implement swift corrective action, if necessary. We have conducted workplace investigations and written investigatory reports on topics ranging from employee embezzlement to sexual harassment and assault.
HR & Employment Law Training
California employment laws require that certain employers provide their employees with specific HR training. We partner with clients to deliver legally accurate, highly effective employee and management training programs on critical employment and HR issues.
Executive Recruitment and Hiring
We help businesses find and hire top talent. We start with an in-depth assessment of the organization and the hiring principal(s) to determine the goals and personalities involved. Then, after recruiting top candidates, we use proprietary predictive and behavioral interviewing techniques to analyze “fit” and determine candidates’ likelihood of success in your particular job within your specific company culture. We go beyond simply finding someone who can do your job. We aim for top talent who fit in well in your organization and who will be happy, productive, long-term team members.