Our Approach

At Jackson Lewis, our focus is on building relationships with clients. This helps us learn not only about the nature of their business, but also about the company’s culture. By listening to and understanding our clients, we are better able to identify the best approach to their labor and employment issues. We recognize and appreciate that there are not, and should not be, “cookie cutter” solutions to all problems, nor do all clients solve problems the same way. Instead, we partner with our clients to develop legal solutions that make business sense and allow them to focus on growing their organizations.

We have vast experience working with employers of all sizes in a wide range of industries, including startups and emerging companies in the technology, retail, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, manufacturing, gaming, pharmaceutical, social media and clean technology industries. Because of our vast industry experience, we understand the business context in which our clients operate and can provide multi-disciplinary services to address their particular needs. For startups and emerging companies, for example, we have the resources to provide advice and counsel in traditional aspects of labor and employment law as well as areas such as immigration, pre and post-IPO compliance and compensation planning, benefits, government contractor compliance, and privacy, e-communication and data security.

With all clients, we are committed to providing the highest quality professional services at competitive rates. Because we focus solely on workplace law, our library of resources and substantive practice area knowledge is robust, saving time and money in addressing almost any issue our clients may face.

Our Experience

Jackson Lewis attorneys are experienced in all aspects of workplace law, and few firms in the country can match the depth and breadth of our knowledge and expertise. We have been at the forefront of defending California employers against class as well as individual claims involving overtime exemption misclassification, failure to provide meal and rest periods, hours-worked issues such as donning and doffing, stand-by and on-call time and alleged work off-the-clock, adequacy wage statements and recordkeeping, vacation pay forfeitures, payments for uniforms and uniforms maintenance, expense reimbursement, time-for-payment and paycheck form compliance.

Our attorneys have defended more than 600 wage and hour class actions (state law class actions and federal FLSA collective actions) since 2000, and we are currently handling more than 100 wage and hour class actions in California alone. We also regularly advise clients on drafting and implementing arbitration agreements that comply with California’s requirements and that contain class action waivers, and have successfully handled matters dealing with the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements and provisions.

Our wide range of practice areas available to California employers include:

  • Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense
  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation (including arbitration agreements that comply with California’s requirements and contain class action waivers)
  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • Corporate Diversity Counseling
  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations
  • Disability, Leave and Health Management (including California-specific laws such as the Fair Employment House Act, Family Rights Act and Pregnancy Disability Law)
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Employee Benefits
  • General Employment Litigation (including e-Discovery)
  • Government Relations
  • Immigration
  • International Employment Issues
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • Management and Employee Training◦Including compliance with Assembly Bill 1825
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Privacy, e-Communication and Data Security
  • Wage and Hour
  • White Collar & Government Enforcement
  • Workplace Safety and Health

Client Resources

Jackson Lewis prides itself on keeping our clients apprised of the latest legal developments so they can be proactive in identifying workplace developments and risks. For our California clients and friends of the firm, we provide the following resources to stay on top of the ever-changing nuances of California employment law.

MCLE + HRCI Programs. Our California offices regularly host legal update programs geared toward corporate counsel and human resource professionals. Most of the time, these programs are approved for California MCLE credit and HRCI credit through the HR Certification Institute. To see a list of events near you, visit www.jacksonlewis.com/events.

Welcome to California Guide. Our annual Welcome to California guide provides a comprehensive overview of the nuances of California law for those new to operating in the State. Please contact any of our California offices to receive a copy.

Additional Blogs. Our 16 Jackson Lewis blogs address a wide range of employment law topics that can impact California employers, ranging from class actions to immigration, disability, privacy and workplace safety. For a full list of our blogs, visit www.jacksonlewis.com/blogs. We also publish regular legal alerts and newsletters addressing the latest workplace law developments.