Elkins Employment Law has developed effective strategies that work

Elkins Employment Law, founded in 1988 by Cynthia Elkins, provides advice, counsel, and litigation defense exclusively to California based business operations.

Vision Statement

To be a trusted advisor and advocate for our clients, providing personalized services for their human capital and employment law concerns.

Mission Statement

With 35 years of experience, Elkins Employment Law provides concierge legal services for California based businesses. We support, educate, guide and advocate for our clients through the ever-changing and complex array of laws and regulations governing California businesses. Whether the business has one employee or hundreds of employees, our goal is the same – provide real-world, practical problem-solving advice tailored to meet the needs of the client and to protect the business from employment-related claims.



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Elkins Employment Law

At Elkins Employment Law, with over three decades of extensive California employment law experience, we know the most effective and efficient path to resolving problems is by working closely with our clients – listening to their needs, recognizing and understanding their concerns, and working towards strategic cost-effective solutions.

Whether we are advising employers on the tough day-to-day personnel decisions, conducting workplace investigations to resolve grievances, performing compliance audits, developing agreements, or policies for compliance with the evolving landscape of state, federal, and local employment laws, or defending employment-related lawsuits, we take a proactive common-sense and practical approach to specifically meet our clients’ expectations and needs.

Litigation Defense

Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation defense for businesses, owners, managers, and supervisors when confronted with claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, or other employment-related litigation

Training & Education

State mandated harassment prevention training, legal compliance education on proper wage and hour record keeping, documentation, and managing leaves of absences.


Wage and Hour compensation compliance audits, Independent Contractor analysis, Employee Handbook preparation and guidance on “Best Practices” from on-boarding through counseling, reviews and separation.

Workplace Investigation

Pre-litigation neutral, timely and thorough workplace investigation for claims of harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment and other alleged misconduct.

Legal Updates


RETALIATION PRESUMED TO EXIST One of the many laws that Governor Newsom signed was Senate Bill 497 (SB 497), known as the “Equal Pay and Anti-Retaliation Protection Act.” This new law amends Labor Code Sections 98.6, 1102.5, and 1197.5. At Will Employment California...

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Governor Newsom was presented with 1,046 bills to consider for the 2024 legislative session. By the October 14th deadline, 890 bills were signed and of those 80 new employment related bills were signed. Below is a brief summary of some of the new laws affecting the...

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Well, this was inevitable....on October 4, 2023 Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 616 (“SB 616”) into law amending California’s paid sick leave law (the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) which changes include increasing the amount of leave that is...

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