Beyond Investigations

It’s no surprise that employers prefer to avoid legal problems rather than resolving them in litigation. We provide proactive services that help our clients avoid, preempt and contain legal problems before they arise.

Pre-litigation Resolution

Helping parties see eye-to-eye.

At Ellis & Makus, we assist clients in making informed, strategic decisions when confronted with disputes. We efficiently and effectively manage these disputes so that clients can focus on their business.

Our dispute management services include:

  • Responding to claims before administrative agencies, such as the DFEH, EEOC, DLSE and DOL
  • Responding to pre-litigation claims raised through an employee’s attorney
  • Advising on employee relations matters and environmental scans


Teaching the basics — and beyond.

Ellis & Makus has trained thousands of managers and human resources professionals in California. Our training covers all areas of employment law, including introduction to employment law for managers, wage-hour compliance, effective workplace investigations, managing reasonable accommodations and leaves of absence, employee relations, contingent workforces (including independent contractors and temporary/agency employees), reductions in force, sexual harassment, social media in the workplace, effective performance reviews and disciplinary processes.

Additionally, we have developed several specific programs, and will work with you to develop customized programs to address the unique environments and employment issues of your workplace.

Contact us to discuss your training needs.

Advice and Counsel

Keeping you on the straight and legal.

At Ellis & 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 accommodations 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. It also includes counsel on a wide range of other issues, including:

  • Wage-hour issues, including employee classification (exempt status, independent contractors, interns, volunteers), correctly identifying hours worked, payroll practices and paying and calculating overtime
  • Pre-employment processes, including pre-employment medical exams and background checks
  • I-9 compliance, from pre-employment processes to ongoing audits and implementation of best practices
  • Social media, solicitation and distribution matters
  • Reductions in force and reorganizations
  • Federal contractor compliance with OFCCP regulations

Employment Law Compliance Reviews

Give your policies and practices a checkup.

At Ellis & Makus, we manage risk by analyzing the compliance of your employment practices to identify potential pitfalls and threats to your business. With this analysis in hand, our proactive, scalable compliance programs offer practical solutions for achieving your goals while reducing risk and avoiding costly exposure.

We begin each compliance review by defining the scope of the project and determining clear deliverables and outcomes, across several major employment law areas.