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Glennis Siverson | Employment Law Expert
Throughout her career, Glennis Siverson has brought companies expert leadership and strategic guidance covering countless complex regulations and practices. She has held HR management and executive positions for nearly thirty years. As a trusted HR Consultant, she has guided firms of all sizes –for-profit and nonprofit, public and private – since 2015. She has devoted half of her career to the entertainment industry, including Sony Pictures, where she partnered with Master Coach and Author Barry Deutsch in launching a company-wide IMPACT Hiring Program and at MarVista Entertainment, where she was the Head of HR. At Paramount Pictures, she created and launched the studio’s first Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Ms. Siverson was an integral part of the start-up and IPO for United Online, Inc., an internet services provider that introduced free, ad-supported consumer internet access. Recently she led the recruitment function at start-up agency Canvas Worldwide, and she headed the HR function at MarVista Entertainment. States in which she has worked include California, New Mexico, Florida and Arizona, with most of her tenure being in California.
Everyone I told about the situation I was in at AB said I was crazy for resigning without a job.
You were the only person who understood the situation related to what you taught me about working in HR and the responsibilities we are tasked with vs. our basic moral obligations to the employees.
I had to stick by my moral principles.
I want you to know how much pride I take and how much of the knowledge you taught me that I use every day having worked with you and just how forward thinking and visionary you are. You were championing diversity and inclusion back in 2004!
You can never ask enough from me to repay your kindness and mentorship. - Steve, CA
The Laws Are Complicated
There are more than 180 federal laws that govern employee-employer activities. These laws regulate wages, hours, hiring practices, discrimination, harassment, benefits, time off, job applicant and worker testing, privacy and much, much more. A sampling of these include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
In addition to these federal laws, each state has many of its own regulations. California has the most pro-worker employment laws in the nation. Workers are entitled to countless rights and protections under California state, regional and local laws. For example, state minimum wage in California is $14 per hour vs. $7.25 per hour set by federal law.
Substantial penalties and damages can be recovered if employers violate worker rights. Workers cannot be forced to waive their rights for protections under State labor laws. Additionally, a recent amendment to the California labor code says that an employment contractual agreement cannot require a California worker to waive rights or abide by the labor laws of a different state.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
National Origin Discrimination
Harassment and Sexual Harassment
Hostile Work Environment
Wage and Hour Violations
Leaves of Absence
Implied & Oral Contracts
Rest and Meal Breaks