Finding competent employment counsel to advise and represent employers requires little more effort than a simple internet search. But finding the right counsel can prove far more challenging. Those companies that have experience working with employment counsel – both the right counsel and the wrong counsel – know that the following criteria top the checklist when selecting the right attorneys for your company:
Knowledgeable & Experienced: The complex and continually expanding body of federal, state, and local laws governing the workplace make it essential that your counsel have a breadth and depth of experience in employment law and that they stay current on changes and developing trends. At Rukin Hyland, our attorneys concentrate their practice in all areas of employment law and have done so since they began practicing law. It’s what we do. We have worked with employers of all sizes, from several person start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, providing a full range of services from advice and counseling, to training and preparing policies and procedures, to representation in litigation. We have counseled employers on everything from the intricacies of San Francisco sick leave laws to the structuring of cross border work agreements in Canada, Europe, and Asia. What sets us apart from other employment law firms is our experience representing employers, executives, and employees. Having approached nearly every employment law issue from a multitude of different angles, we bring a unique experience and understanding that goes beyond the canned advice many other firms provide.
Practical: At Rukin Hyland, we understand that few workplace problems have a one-size-fits-all solution and that win-at-all-costs rarely provides the best litigation defense strategy. We understand that our clients turn to us for information, guidance, and risk assessment, not just to tell them what to do. We know our clients depend on us to tell them what they need to know, not just what we think they want to hear. We work with our clients to develop solutions and strategies that work for them, minimizing the disruption of their businesses and controlling their costs.
Responsive: Those companies that see potential problems before they arise and who quickly respond to workplace issues that may implicate state or federal law not only keep their business running smoothly, but also avoid or reduce the significant expenditures of time and money that litigation entails. Working with employment counsel can help companies recognize and properly respond to problems, but even the best advice provides little value if it comes too late. Our attorneys understand that the timing of our response can be just as important as the content of our advice and guidance. And our clients know they can depend on us to provide them the right advice when they need it.
Efficient: Few law firms will candidly discuss rates and fees, and they shy away from communicating with their clients about the cost of legal services beyond the issuance of a monthly invoice. We understand that we provide our clients a service and that the success of our clients’ businesses depends on obtaining the best services at the right price. Our size allows flexibility in creating cost-effective approaches that work for each client. Our knowledge, experience and practicality enable us to efficiently provide the best legal services in line with our clients’ needs, expectations, and goals. Our confidence in the value of the services we provide and the efficiency with which we work makes it easy for us to discuss openly with our clients the cost of the legal services they need and receive.
We offer employers a full range of services, ranging from advice to representation in litigation, administrative proceedings, and alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys have substantial experience advising and representing employers throughout California with nearly every area of employment law, including the following:
- Recruiting and hiring
- Employee counseling and discipline
- Employee leave
- Executive and employee contracts
- Disability accommodation
- Harassment and discrimination
- Workplace privacy
- Employee handbooks and policies
- Trade secret protection
- Wage and hour compliance
- Layoffs, termination and severance
Our attorneys have a proven track record of working effectively with employers in a way that recognizes the realities of a company’s workplace and its business environment and goals. To learn more about the counseling and litigation services our Firm can offer your company, contact one of the attorneys at Rukin Hyland.