Lisa advises clients on how to conduct a background check, ensure legal status of employees, establish benefits policies, comply with wage and hour laws, properly manage employment tax and insurance obligations, and provide notice relating to surveillance and drug screening. Lisa also prepares employee applications, Employment agreements/offer letters, Timecards, Confidentiality Agreements, Mutual Agreements to Arbitrate, Employee Handbooks, Counseling/Discipline Notices, Termination Letters, and Severance/Release Agreements.
Employees face a wide variety of legal issues ranging from negotiating a new contract or a severance agreement, addressing hostile work environments, requesting part-time or flexible work arrangements, or understanding disability rights and benefits.
Lisa enjoys working with clients to clearly explain all relevant legal issues, advise on rights and obligations and assist with properly drafting or completing any necessary documentation or correspondence. As a seasoned employment lawyer (and a working mom and former employee), Lisa understands the range of issues and can often anticipate many of the concerns that arise. Her goal is to alleviate her clients’ worries as much as possible, and work collaboratively to achieve each client’s best outcome in a cost-effective way.
Lisa takes pride in creating long-standing relationships with her clients and is proactive in creating a protective legal environment. Lisa creates policies and procedures designed to decrease legal exposure, and offers counsel when sensitive personnel matters arise.
Lisa has extensive experience counseling employers on many aspects of California and federal employment law, including the interviewing and hiring process, classification of exempt and non-exempt employees and other wage and hour issues, confidentiality and trade secret issues, harassment and discrimination, leaves of absence, and terminations. In connection with this representation, Lisa drafts customized personnel policies and other employment-related agreements for clients, leads training sessions to help minimize employment liability, and has conducted investigations of employee complaints regarding discrimination, harassment and theft in the workplace. In addition to her current work, previously Lisa represented employers in litigation before state courts and administrative agencies in a broad range of matters.