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Counseling & Advice

We advise and assist our clients, including in-house counsel and human resources professionals, in all aspects of their day-to-day employment needs, often acting as full-time employment counsel. This includes providing timely, strategic and practical advice and counseling; ensuring legal compliance with international, federal, state, and local laws; developing and updating workplace policies and practices; managing and conducting internal investigations and audits; developing and conducting training programs on sexual harassment, workplace misconduct, wage-hour law, and legal compliance; planning and implementing reductions-in-force or other cost-saving alternatives; and drafting and negotiating employment agreements, incentive compensation and equity arrangements, and separation agreements.

Experience Highlights

  • Retail company in wage-hour practices, including conducting audits of practices and representing company before administrative agencies and litigation.

  • Companies in implementing reductions in force in compliance with both federal and local discrimination laws and WARN legislation, including design of severance plans and adverse-impact analysis.

  • Companies in pre-litigation resolution of novel issues, including equal pay and wage-hour claims.

  • Board special committees in conducting investigations of senior executives relating to allegations of harassment and other unlawful practices.

  • Numerous portfolio companies in negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements, stock option awards, and incentive compensation arrangements both on an ongoing basis and in connection with change-in-control events.

  • Company in pre- and post-litigation investigations and defenses of discrimination and harassment claims before EEOC, stage agencies, and in court.

  • Client in reviewing and updating employee handbooks and other personnel policies, with emphasis on state and local requirements.

  • Company in drafting and negotiating individual employee separation agreements, as well as in counseling on employee terminations.

  • Medical device company in hiring of employees who had signed noncompete and nondisclosure agreements with their former employer.

  • Financial services company in enforcement of noncompete and nondisclosure agreements against former employees and their new employers.

Key Contacts

David J. Reis
David J. Reis
San Francisco
+1 415.471.3166

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