Additional Services

Employment Law Practice

At For Purpose Law Group, we assist nonprofit and business employers of all sizes to prepare for, discourage and oftentimes prevent employment law litigation claims. Taking proactive, preventive measures with the guidance of experienced employment law counsel can save your organization or enterprise from draining legal costs and potentially destructive litigation.

Our experienced attorneys provide employers throughout California with risk mitigation techniques, documentation assistance, and management training in all areas of employment law, including:

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Employee handbook and workplace policy drafting and review
  • Required notices
  • Harassment and discrimination training
  • Policy implementation
  • Issue reporting and follow-up
  • Assistance during government labor audits
  • Employee discipline
  • Severance and separation agreements
  • Terminations
  • Post-employment inquiries

 

Intellectual Property Law Practice

“Intellectual Property” is a legal term that refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce – and both businesses and nonprofits generate and possess intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property is typically divided into two categories:

  • Industrial Property includes Patents for inventions, Trademarks/Trade Secrets, business processes, industrial designs, and geographical indications.
  • Copyright covers literary works (such as novels, poems, and plays), films, music, artistic works (e.g., drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures) and architectural design. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

Understanding how these rights are generated, and how best to protect them, is critically important for nonprofits and businesses alike. Our attorneys can assist you in determining when it’s appropriate to file for protection with the United States Patent & Trademark Office and to file to register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office.

We can also help your enterprise respond to a notice, or cease and desist letter, received because someone else thinks you’re infringing on their trademark, copyright or patent.

 

Data Privacy Practice

As anyone who has been the victim of identity theft knows, our personal data is becoming increasingly important and ever more vulnerable as technology outpaces our antiquated laws, many of which were written in a time before dial-up internet. Personal data is quickly becoming the oil of the 21st century, as companies rush to collect, store, aggregate, and analyze as much of our data as possible in order to better understand and predict our behavior.

For companies and non-profits handling personally identifiable information (or “PII”), there is a rapidly increasing need to understand and become familiar with the dangers and risks of handling and using PII, as well as the options to enhance protection and transparency for your customers and donors. Non-profits are particularly valuable targets for malicious actors who are fully aware of the trove of donor PII typically managed by even small non-profit entities. These bad actors also know that volunteer directors and officers, with limited time and resources, are not likely to prioritize cybersecurity and good data privacy practices.

In particular, non-profits handling health data, children’s data (i.e. PII of minors under the age of 13), students data, and financial data (i.e. credit card and banking information stored on your system and not on the system of your payment gateway, such as PayPal or Stripe) need to pay particular attention to their data handling practices.

California is a trailblazer in terms of it’s wide-ranging and protective privacy laws, and most of California’s data privacy laws apply to any company or non-profit collecting the PII of California residents regardless of where the company or non-profit is located. California’s Attorney General routinely publishes helpful and accessible guidance on data privacy, some of which can be accessed here.

Finally, with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in effect as of May 25, 2018, any company or non-profit that targets individuals located in the EU for data collection will be subject to this restrictive, complex, and onerous body of law.

We can assist your business or non-profit with various aspects of data privacy and protection, including drafting effective and customized Privacy Policies and Terms of Use for your website; advising on best practices for internal data privacy and security policies; advising on employee privacy matters; and assisting with GDPR compliance.