A San Diego employer invited to an informal Labor Commission hearing or conference needs expert legal representation. These meetings are anything but “informal.” The first thing the deputy labor commissioner will do is grill you on California and federal labor laws. They will not only probe your knowledge of the law but your company’s compliance with every requirement under the law. This is why it is important to work with the experienced labor hearing and conference defense attorneys at the Watkins Firm.
The vast majority of San Diego employers are not experts on federal and state employment laws. This becomes quickly evident for those who walk into these meetings unwary and unprepared. Once the hearing officer has established the gaps in your knowledge of the law they will use this against you to immediately establish “wage theft” and begin to negotiate a “settlement.” These settlements open you to further exposure to other state and federal agencies, the IRS, the FTB and EDD and other agencies who will pursue you and your company for revenue. The financial consequences add up quickly.
The experienced employer defense attorneys at the Watkins Firm help to prepare you for these meetings. We review the complaint associated with the request and help to organize all of the documents and evidence needed to refute the claims of the agency or the employee who filed the complaint. Once the hearing officer understands you are represented by experts and are confronted with our defense you will be in a much stronger position to seek a successful outcome. The hearing officer must ultimately release an “Order, Decision or Award” or ODA and we will seek to establish firm grounds for a dismissal of the action and a zero dollar decision.
Learn how you can reduce or eliminate your exposure if you have been invited to an informal Labor Commission hearing or Conference as a San Diego employer. We invite you to contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 to schedule an appointment. You do not want to go into an “informal” hearing or conference without experienced, proven legal representation from the Watkins Firm.