Human Resources & Employment Law

Figuring out brewery employee benefits and creating employee policies and handbooks can be a daunting task. Contact us for your employment law questions!

Many breweries start off with a small team of personally invested individuals ready to hit the ground running. But the more delicious beer you make, the more help you will need in feeding the masses and that means hiring employees. Whether you need tasting room bartenders, assistant brewers, a social media guru, truck drivers, or sales representatives, you will need to protect both you and your team. Employment law is an ever-changing creature regulated by a host of government agencies, the Craft Beer Attorney will help you navigate those waters efficiently and lawfully.

When hiring, we can assist with job classification audit to ensure you are complying with regulations regarding salaried versus hourly employees, as well as, independent contractors. We can help with the drafting of job descriptions, employment agreements, compensation structures (including commission, bonus, and profit-sharing), and the required hiring paperwork. Once you have found the perfect new teammate we can also assist with new hire orientation, trainings, and general human resource organization and record-keeping.

We will create a personalized game plan accounting for claim prevention strategies and how those contingencies will be paid for. Should the worst come to pass, our team is also well versed in workplace investigations, severance negotiations, unemployment and labor commission hearings, and pre-litigation negotiations

Additional Services

Hiring Packets – $175

  • 5 basic packets with poster
  • 1 poster
  • Wage order
  • I-9
  • Mandatory Pamphlets
  • New Hire Checklist

Each additional set of 5 packets – $90

*Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego employers – add $50 for additional, region-specific poster

Initial Forms – $250

  • Anti-Harassment Policy
  • Meal Period Policy and Forms
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Equipment Issue Form
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Performance Review Form

Additional Forms – $250

  • Employment Application
  • Interview Guide and Interview Questions
  • Job Offer Letter
  • Arbitration Agreement or Mediation Agreement
  • Progressive Discipline Policy and Forms
  • Social Media Policy Agreement

Employee Handbooks

  • Standard
  • Customized
  • Audit of existing handbook – $410/hour

Standard Job descriptions – $250

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Brewers and Back of the House
  • Tasting Room Staff and Front of the House

Customized  Job Descriptions – hourly rates apply

  • Based on number of positions
  • Compensation plans
  • Employment Agreement

“Train Your HR Person” – (only available to those who purchased the above materials) – $600

  • 2 hour training
  • HR Toolkit –  overview of the major laws in California and major areas of HR – hiring, personnel files, non-exempt/exempt and time sheets, leave, termination, and Q&A.


  • Initial Compliance Audit – $300 ($150 to be applied to any future HR service)
  • Annual Compliance Review- $300 ($150 to be applied to any future HR service)
  • Service Provider Audit – $310/hour
    • Insurance
    • Payroll
    • Benefits
  • Annual updates only – $50

Employment contracts, severance agreements, pre-termination audits, etc. – Hourly rates apply