At the Kraeber Law Offce, we advise employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, and represent both employers and employees when lawsuits or administrative actions are threatened or occur.
More specifically, our services include:
Employment Agreements/Contracts If your company would like to enter into an employment-related contract, or you have been presented with a contract, it is always advisable to first consult a professional regarding your rights and obligations under that contract. We have over 50 years experience in employment law matters and can advise you regarding a variety of agreements including:
Individual and executive employment agreements
Employee profit-sharing agreements
Independent contractor agreements
Restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-disclosure
Unfair Competition and Restrictive Covenants We can assist clients in crafting documents to protect their intellectual property and in assessing the enforceability of agreements and policies to which they may be subject. We regularly advise clients on issues relating to unfair competition, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and other restrictive covenants.
When disputes arise, we have extensive experience in representing both employers and employees in lawsuits alleging unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as cases in which temporary restraining orders or other injunctive relief are sought.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment We also provide advice, counseling, and representation related to all forms of prohibited workplace discrimination, including race, gender, age, disability, religion, color, and national origin under both federal and state law; SB 1825 sexual harassment prevention training; responding to and/or investigating claims of sexual harassment; preventative measures to avoid sexual harassment; and advice and representation for employees sexually harassed.
Wage and Hour Issues We also provide advice and specific recommendations on various wage and hour issues, such as:
Exempt and non-exempt classifications
Independent contractor vs. employee classifications
Compliance with overtime laws
Alternative work schedules
Compensatory time off
Meal and rest periods
Wrongful Termination Litigation We have extensive experience in representing clients in all types of wrongful termination lawsuits, including cases involving allegations of breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, and termination in violation of public policy.
We also work closely with clients from the outset of the case to analyze the case carefully, learn the client's goals and achieve them in the most timely and cost-efficient manner possible. We regularly handle cases in both state and federal court and also have experience in representing clients in administrative and appellate proceedings arising from wrongful discharge cases.
Litigation and Administrative Hearings While it is our goal to help clients avoid litigation, we recognize that litigation can, at times, be an unavoidable reality. We have over 50 years of extensive experience counseling and representing clients in a wide range of employment disputes, including:
Wrongful discharge and termination
Breach of contract
Wage and hour disputes
Benefits litigation, including unpaid commissions, vacation pay and severance
In furtherance of our overriding goal of assisting clients in avoiding lawsuits, we advise and counsel clients regarding proper classifications of exempt and nonexempt employees, and independent contractors; reviewing overtime calculations; OSHA investigations and citations; preparation, development or assessment of workplace safety programs; risk assessment; and preparation of personnel manuals.
Personnel Policies We regularly draft and revise documents typically used by employers in the course of managing their personnel, including:
Employee Handbooks and individual personnel policies