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Debbie L. Caplan

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5235
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Debbie Caplan is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A former employment litigator in both state and federal courts, Ms. Caplan now focuses her practice exclusively on providing advice and counseling to employers on day-to-day human resources and employee relations issues such as: Leave Law Management, Wage/Hour Compliance, Disciplinary and Performance Counseling, Reasonable Accommodation/Interactive Process, Termination Decisions, Internal Complaints and Investigations, and Exempt/Non-Exempt Classifications.

In addition to day-to-day counseling, Ms. Caplan assists employers in the preparation of various employment-related documents including:  Handbooks and Policy Manuals, Job Applications, Offer Letters and Employment Agreements, Arbitration Agreements, Leave Documentation, New Hire and Termination Paperwork, Severance and Release Agreements, Compensation and Bonus Plans, and Travel and Expense Reimbursement Plans.

Debbie Caplan is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A former employment litigator in both state and federal courts, Ms. Caplan now focuses her practice exclusively on providing advice and counseling to employers on day-to-day human resources and employee relations issues such as: Leave Law Management, Wage/Hour Compliance, Disciplinary and Performance Counseling, Reasonable Accommodation/Interactive Process, Termination Decisions, Internal Complaints and Investigations, and Exempt/Non-Exempt Classifications.

In addition to day-to-day counseling, Ms. Caplan assists employers in the preparation of various employment-related documents including:  Handbooks and Policy Manuals, Job Applications, Offer Letters and Employment Agreements, Arbitration Agreements, Leave Documentation, New Hire and Termination Paperwork, Severance and Release Agreements, Compensation and Bonus Plans, and Travel and Expense Reimbursement Plans.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1997)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1992)
    high honors
    Phi Beta Kappa; Honors in General Scholarship

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • All California State Courts

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Tips and Strategies for Navigating CA Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation To Help Ensure Employee Safety,” California Hospital Association’s Hospital Employee Health and Safety Seminar (March 2015)
  • “Tips & Strategies for Navigating California Leaves and Reasonable Accommodations,” California Employment Law Council Educational Program (June 2014)
  • “Strategies for Managing Family, Employee Medical, and Workers’ Compensation Leaves,” ERTSC Annual Conference (November 2013)
  • “Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation: A Light in the Storm,” Client Presentation (2013)
  • “Leaves & Reasonable Accommodation: Nuts & Bolts,” Client Presentation (October 2013)
  • “California Leaves & Accommodations: A Light in the Storm,” Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (2011)
  • “Undue Hardship Issues,” Client Presentation (2011)
  • “Liability Traps: Avoiding Personal and Company Entanglements.” Client Presentation (2010)
  • “Surviving the Perfect Storm: Dealing with Employee Leave Laws,” Client Presentation (2009)
  • “Family & Medical Leave - Back to Basics,” Client Presentation (2006)
  • “The Interactive Process: Prescription for Success,” Client Presentations (2006)
  • “Labor & Employment Law Audits -- You Cannot Afford Not To Do Them,” Seyfarth Shaw California Employment Law Symposium (2004)
  • “Employee Handbooks - Aren’t They Exciting?”  Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (July 2004)
  •  “Hiring a Productive Workforce March,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (2004)
  •  “Employee Leave Laws: Surviving the Perfect Storm,” UCLA Extension Presentation (2003)
  • “Employment Law Audits,” Seyfarth Shaw California Employment Law Symposium (2003)
  • “California Legislative Developments: The Year of the Recall,” California Association of Employers (2003)