At the July Business Growth Workshop at the University Club of Pasadena, attorney Deborah Petito outlined the incredible challenges that employers face when it comes to hiring and firing employees. As a shareholder in the labor & employment and litigation groups at Clark & Trevithick, Deborah has handled complex labor and employment matters for many years. As the labor laws and regulations at both the federal and state level become increasingly complex, Deborah Petito find herself helping more and more client companies both in and out of court.
James Harwood Introduces Deborah Petito
James Harwood of Total HR Management introduced Deborah Petito to the packed University Club downstairs lounge. With two years of dedication and leadership, James Harwood has been shepherding the Business Growth workshops to the point of ongoing success. In his introduction, he detailed Deborah Petito’s extensive experience, showing once again why local Pasadena business owners continue to participate in the monthly morning sessions.
As an attorney, Deborah Petito represents public and private sector employment clients in all types of labor and employment matters. Her impressive expertise ranges from representation in federal and state courts to representation before state and federal agencies regulating wage and hour laws. Deborah Petito also provides general advice and counsel to employers on employee discipline and termination as well as wage and hour issues.
The Legal Challenges of Hiring & Firing
In relation to the work of James Harwood as the president of Total HR Management, a human resources outsourcing firm and professional employer organization, Deborah Petito was very supportive of such services. When asked whether it makes sense for a company to outsource its human resources function including lower level staffing and higher level recruitment & selection, Deborah Petito commented:
“Given the modern challenges for employers when it comes to employees, it makes a lot of sense to consider the services of a professional employer organization. By working with an experienced firm like Total HR Management, a company is able to avoid the common sense problems, relying on their expertise in both staffing and recruitment & selection.”
Addressing Employee Challenges
When Deborah Petito refers to the common sense problems, she means that common sense is not to be trusted when it comes to modern employment issues, particularly in regard to hiring, disciplining, and firing employees. The specifics of the labors laws and regulations have become so complex that it is easy for a non-professional to make a mistake. In a labor lawsuit happy environment, such a mistake can prove costly in terms of both time and money, wasting a company’s valuable resources.
Once again, the Business Growth Workshop at the University Club of Pasadena has demonstrated it’s value to the city of Pasadena and beyond. For Total HR Management, Deborah Petito’s presentation on hiring, disciplining and firing was particularly powerful because it reflected so many of the concerns of the firm’s ongoing business model. From providing EPLI coverage to making sure client companies are in the most secure position so they never have to use such coverage, Total HR understands and respects the challenges that Deborah Petito highlighted in her powerful presentation.