Back away from that ledge! Learn to identify the weak links in the policies and practices your business relies upon to insulate you from a PR nightmare. Workplace culture, as set by established policies and practices, can help to avoid or to create public relations nightmares. From rampant allegations of un-checked harassment or discrimination to employees unwittingly inviting in the latest Trojan horse to facilitate a data breach, employment policies and practices can be an invaluable line of defense and mitigation.
• How to stay on top of, and reinforce, the company's EEOC policies (e.g., anti-harassment, discrimination), time keeping, and the changing leave requirements in California
• Driving home policies and training your employees on basic cyber hygiene, including phishing avoidance and password protection
• Crisis management for employee issue and data protection incidents
o Do you have the right reporting structures in place?
o Do you have hotlines?
o Do you have an incident response plan (whether it be from a sexual harassment allegation made public, or a data breach?).
Human resource managers, in-house legal counsel or any officers or managers with responsibility over employees.
Jim McNeill is a partner in Dentons San Diego office with experience in all areas of employment law. He often provides day-to-day counseling to his clients on employment and general human resources best practices to ensure legal compliance with various local, state and federal laws. He assists clients regularly in the negotiation of employment contracts, including executive employment agreements, and in employee separation planning. Jim has led employment transition planning and implementation for a number of mergers and acquisitions, as well as that necessary in reductions in force, including under various state and federal WARN laws. Jim also designs and implements policy and practice audits to confirm legal compliance in all aspects of business operations, and counsels employers on achieving compliance in a manner that avoids or limits potential liabilities while meeting business needs. Jim also has extensive employment litigation experience in the defense of class and collective actions nationally, having defended dozens in both state and federal courts. Similarly, he has led the defense of individual claims and agency actions for all manner of employee claims, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and disability claims, as well as whistleblower, changing sides, restrictive covenant, employment contract and trade secret litigation.
Peter Stockburger is a senior managing associate in Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, and is a member of the firm’s global Employment and Cybersecurity groups. Peter focuses his practice on cybersecurity and data protection, employment litigation and counseling, and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in state and federal courts, and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of employment litigation defense by Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2015. A frequent author and speaker, Peter also regularly advises clients on a broad range of cutting-edge legal issues, including LGBT and cybersecurity workplace issues. In addition to his litigation and counseling practice, Peter has served as a “virtual fellow” with the US Department of State where he provided counsel to the US embassy in Mexico City on international labor issues. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches in the area of oral advocacy.
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