Allison West, Esq., SPHR

AKW headshot 060414In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment boutique, Allison started Employment Practices Specialists. She uses her employment law background, coupled with sound knowledge of human resource practices and a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification, in helping companies both prevent and resolve employment claims.

While a litigator, Allison was responsible for handling federal and state claims, wrongful discharge and work-related tort claims, developing employee handbooks, policies and procedures; and counseling clients concerning all facets of employment practices.

Allison focuses her practice on conducting workplace investigations, delivering one-on-one sensitivity training for managers and employees concerning sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity awareness issues, coaching managers and employees with disciplinary and/or behavioral problems, providing expert witness and litigation assistance, consulting with HR departments on administrative agency charges and employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and a 24/7 employee complaint hotline.

Additionally, Allison is a sought-after trainer and speaker known for her dynamic presentation style. She specializes in developing and delivering interactive training programs in the US and internationally that address employment law and human resources issues. Also, Allison is a frequent top-rated speaker at local and national events such as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition where she was ranked as one of the top ten highest rated speakers at the 2012 conference and the #1 highest rated speaker at the 2014 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.  She also speaks at the HR Star Conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco where she has been the only presenter to receive perfect evaluation scores, and the Northern California Human Resources Association HR West Annual Conference where she is consistently ranked a top-rated presenter.

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