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Employment Law

Representing management clients in labor issues and matters of employment law is at the historical core of the firm. For over 30 years, AALRR has developed strong working relationships with employers by simplifying complex legal issues, providing practical advice and solutions, and limiting our clients’ liability. We are trusted business partners with our clients, who often turn to us not only for legal issues, but also for operational advice.

Our employment law practice covers all aspects of the issues that arise between our employer clients, their employees and labor unions, including:

  • Wage and hour
  • Leaves of absence
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Employee benefits
  • Workplace safety and security

We are experienced in handling litigation, arbitrations, mediations and hearings before administrative boards and agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the United States Department of Labor, California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the National Labor Relations Board.

A Proactive and Preventive Approach

We are committed to providing preventive measures that help limit our clients’ liability in employment and labor matters. Our attorneys take a proactive approach, evaluating risk factors and helping employers design strategies that best meet their business structure and goals. As a firm that is on the leading edge of employment laws that are being developed, we also help our clients stay on top of—as well as ahead of—legislation that impacts their industries and operations through our annual employment law conference,  in-house training programs, quarterly breakfast briefings, management alerts, and policy and procedure audits.

Hands-On Government and Private Sector Experience

One of our greatest strengths is that many of our attorneys have been in our clients’ shoes. They have worked for private sector companies and served with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

We understand the issues and how they impact employers from an insider’s perspective. That perspective allows us to design consistently practical approaches and solutions for our clients. Furthermore, AALRR has had an impact on our clients’ industries and on legislation—through our development of government relations strategy for various chambers of commerce and industry groups, our work with government agencies, and through our work on precedential cases.

Administrative Agency Claims

As a full-service firm, AALRR offers advice to contractors, developers and owners on buying and selling construction companies, employee retention and management succession. more

Collective Bargaining & Labor Relations

AALRR has over 30 years of experience representing municipalities, counties and public agencies in all aspects of their relationships with employees and labor unions, including collective bargaining negotiations, meet and confer issues and grievance arbitrations. more

Discrimination & Harassment

Discrimination and harassment claims are always a threat to employers. Not only do they place a financial burden on businesses due to the cost of litigating claims, but they can also undermine the morale of a company’s workforce. more

Employee Benefits

We provide broad and deep experience in advising employers on all aspects of employee benefit plans. more

Labor Relations & National Labor Relations Board Cases

AALRR has decades of experience advising management in claims involving unions, as well as non-union employees. Among the issues we have handled and addressed are union avoidance and training, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, resolution of jurisdictional disputes, as well as a broad range of litigation matters and administrative proceedings. more

Layoffs/Plant Closings

Layoffs have become an unfortunate part of business. At AALRR, we strive to make sure that in the event of layoffs or a plant closure, the situation is handled with a minimum of disruption and results in the best possible outcome. more

Leaves of Absence

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) generally require covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for specified medical reasons. However, misconceptions regarding FMLA and CFRA often arise, with employees believing they have more rights than they do and employers being unaware of what employees’ rights really are. more


AALRR counsels clients on workplace health and safety issues with an eye toward achieving practical compliance with applicable federal and state requirements as outlined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). more

Prevailing Wage

AALRR has nearly 30 years of experience handling matters involving California Prevailing Wage and federal Davis-Bacon and related Acts. In fact, we are at the forefront of the industry and have senior partners who are leading authorities in both areas of law and who have lectured extensively throughout California as well as the nation. more

Trade Secret/Unfair Competition

AALRR attorneys understand the importance of privacy issues in today’s business climate. more

Wage & Hour - Private Sector

AALRR works with employers to achieve compliance with the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping and classification requirements of all federal and state wage and hour laws. We also assist clients in complying with state wage payment laws involving vacation pay, deductions or commissions, as well as regularly conduct preventive audits of their compliance with these laws. more