Advice and Counsel

Keeping you on the straight and legal.

At Ellis Buehler Makus, we provide you with daily legal advice regarding compliance in all areas of employment law, including handbook and policy review, employee relations and conflict resolution, discipline and termination, internal leave policies, discrimination and harassment, employee complaints, disability accommodation, and much more.

Our advice also encompasses matters covered by statutes such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, and others, and also includes counsel on a wide range of other issues, including:

  • Avoiding retaliation claims when adverse action is planned against employees who have engaged in protected conduct
  • Wage-hour issues, including employee classification (exempt status, independent contractors, interns, volunteers), correctly identifying hours worked, payroll practices, paying and calculating overtime
  • Privacy protection, including protecting patient data or other confidential enterprise data and dealing with employee privacy breaches
  • Pre-employment processes, including pre-employment medical exams, background checks, and I-9 compliance
  • Social media, solicitation, and distribution matters
  • Reductions in force and reorganizations
  • Federal contractor compliance with OFCCP regulations

A healthy interest

In addition to working with employers across all industries, Ellis Buehler Makus has particular expertise in advising healthcare employers, who must navigate unique employment law challenges in California’s heavily regulated healthcare industry.

Having worked as in-house counsel in the healthcare environment, our attorneys understand the particular nuances of hospital, clinic, and assisted-living work environments. We have advised clients on matters ranging from healthcare-specific alternative workweek schedules to HIPAA and privacy breaches. We also have deep experience in advising medical staffs and managing investigations and employment disputes between medical staff members and hospital staff.