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Spencer Hamer

Spencer Hamer is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice. He advises employers on the full spectrum of employment law compliance-related matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower, leaves of absence, disability accommodation and wage and hour audits. In addition, he advises clients regarding employment law issues in M&A transactions, and assists companies with compliance at the pre-sale/IPO stage. Spencer regularly prepares employment policies and procedures, advises clients on workplace investigations, negotiates executive employment agreements, and conducts compliance-related training. He also has extensive experience representing employers in the defense of employment matters in state and federal courts, including class actions, PAGA claims and single-plaintiff matters. Spencer has represented employers in a variety of industries, including health care, alternative energy, hospitality, manufacturing and technology.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Spencer was a partner at another national law firm.

  • State Bar of California (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Orange County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • K&L Gates Cyber Civil Legal Rights Project
  •  “California’s New Pay Data Reporting Law: Are You Ready?” K&L Gates/Trusaic Webinar, 25 February 2021.
  • “The Dynamex Case and California’s New ‘ABC’ Test for Contractor Status” K&L Gates/OCTANE Seminar, 26 June 2018
  • "Protecting Health Care Workers from Workplace Violence Risks,” Orange County Bar Association Health Care Law Section Meeting, 9 February 2017.
  • “Managing Workplace Risk: An Employment Law Overview,” Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California Insurance Law Track, 12 October 2016.
  • “Classifying and Compensating Commission-Based Insurance Salespersons,” American Agents Alliance Convention & Expo, 24 September 2016.
  • “Preventing Workplace Violence in the Urgent Care Industry,” Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) 2016 Spring Conference, 20 April 2016.
  • “Crafting a Legal and Effective Social Media Policy,” Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) 2016 Spring Conference, 19 April 2016.
  • “Everything Non-Clinical That You’ve Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask,” Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) 2016 Spring Conference, 18 April 2016. 
  • “Recent Employment Law Developments in the California Health Care Industry,” California Society for Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA) Spring Seminar, 8 April 2016.
  • “Physician Agreements for Employees and Independent Contractors,” Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Health Care Law Section Meeting, 10 March 2016.
  • “When Is a Retained Agent an Employee vs. an Independent Contractor, in Light of the Uber Decision,” California Insurance Wholesalers Association, 11 January 2016.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • "How Health Care Cos. Can Untangle Web Of Vaccine Mandates," Law360, 13 October 2021
  • “Don’t Post That! Protecting Patient Privacy in the Age of Social Media,” The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, 3 October 2016.
  • “Complying with Medical Information Restrictions of the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine,1 February 2016.
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