Biography

Chandra Andrade specializes in counseling employers in workplace disputes as well as complex commercial litigation. Although she advises clients in a broad range of industries, the bulk of her work is for technology firms, food and beverage companies, and wineries. Chandra handles a wide variety of issues including wage and hour compliance, harassment and discrimination claims, performance management, and workplace policies.

Her work falls into two broad categories. First, Chandra is a skillful and effective litigator. She emphasizes minimizing the disruption to her clients’ day-to-day business operations, while working to bring disputes to an early, satisfactory conclusion. Her experience includes successful early resolution to numerous cases through demurrer, dismissal and favorable settlement. When settlement is not feasible, she is an effective advocate on her feet, with broad experience defending clients at agency, trial, and appellate levels. She is an active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, including serving as former chair of the Leadership Development Committee.

Second, Chandra increasingly works with clients on compliance, resolution, and proactive litigation avoidance. With a practical, business-oriented approach that seeks the best results in the most efficient manner, she is particularly skilled at working with growth companies that have limited experience with employment issues. Her responsiveness and sensitivity to the day-to-day realities of her clients’ businesses make her particularly effective.

Employment law can be an emotionally loaded undertaking – people’s careers are at issue. Chandra approaches potentially volatile situations in a calm, matter-of-fact, and collaborative manner that emphasizes working together to find solutions rather than fault. By recognizing that employment disputes frequently incorporate personal or interpersonal issues, and utilizing both responsiveness and sensitivity, she is a skillful, effective manager of employment-related controversies.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, 2017 Chair, Leadership Development Committee, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Firm Highlights

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Posting Requirement for Employers

The recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) requires private employers with fewer than 500 employees to post a notice by April 1 summarizing the benefits available to employees under the FFCRA. For employers...

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California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Use Caution When Laying off Employees Without a Return to Work Date

Employers who have laid off workers in recent weeks due to the shelter-in-place orders should be aware of little-known requirements regarding final paychecks.  Even if employees are being furloughed with the expectation of returning to...

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California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Wine Industry Employers Need to Know

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law AB5, codifying a new test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors. While AB5 does not go into effect until January 1, 2020, it will apply retroactively...

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New Laws for California Employers in 2020

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a sizable list of new laws governing the workplace in 2020. Employers are, once again, advised to evaluate their workplace rules and practices to insure they keep...

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