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The Employment Start-Up Kit for Startups – StartupSac Scale Up Seminar

May 31, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Weintraub Tobin attorneys discuss common legal and human resource issues startups encounter as they begin to grow and how to handle them.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully got your startup off the ground and are ready for your first hire. Meagan Bainbridge and Ryan Abernethy of Weintraub Tobin will review the common legal and human resource issues they have seen startups encounter as they begin to grow.

Topics to Be Covered

  • Employee classifications and the use of independent contractors,
  • Policies and practices that every new employer needs to know,
  • Compensation issues that commonly arise,
  • Proper documentation,
  • How best to protect the company,
  • and more!

The Mission of StartupSac is to accelerate Sacramento’s startup and innovation ecosystem by informing, educating, empowering, and connecting its startup founders and innovators. Learn more here.

About Our Presenters


Meagan is a shareholder in Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups. Meagan regularly defends employers against various employment claims in both state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies, including claims for breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws, as well as numerous other tort and statutory employment law causes of action. Additionally, Meagan assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees, including on such matters as recruiting and hiring; employment agreements and compensation plans; protection of trade secrets; wage and hour laws; independent contractor status; performance standards and disciplinary actions; privacy; leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation; preventing and responding to theft and embezzlement; reductions in force, terminations, and layoffs; and compliance with other state and federal employment laws. Meagan also has a certificate in workplace investigations, and regularly conducts independent and neutral workplace investigations for both public and private employers.


Ryan Abernethy is a senior attorney in Weintraub Tobin’s Labor & Employment and Litigation practice groups. Ryan has successfully represented clients in all areas of employment law, including the defense of claims involving workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues, trade secrets infringements, and class actions. He also regularly counsels clients regarding compliance, risk management, policy preparation, and training. In addition to his employment law practice, Ryan has successfully litigated business, consumer, insurance, contractual, and personal injury disputes, among others. He has obtained defense verdicts in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. He has also obtained positive results for his clients through arbitration and administrative proceedings. He has negotiated many favorable settlements for his clients.

Weintraub Tobin is an innovative provider of sophisticated legal services to dynamic businesses and business owners, individuals, emerging companies, and nonprofits. From California roots dating back to 1852, the Firm has become a statewide presence, with locations in each of the state’s major business hubs: Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco. More than 75 attorneys serve U.S. and global clients’ business law and litigation needs. Weintraub is known for its transactional work, representing businesses and individuals in corporate, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, entertainment, and real estate, as well as trusts and estates matters. The Firm has a deep litigation bench of experienced trial lawyers, with many areas of specialty. Firm clients are in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, banking, agribusiness, entertainment, hospitality, technology, and biotech.


Weintraub Tobin
400 Capitol Mall, #11th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States


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