Areas of Expertise
Health Care - Affordable Care Act
State Bar of California 1996
University of Southern California School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1995
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1991
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Rotary Club International
Spencer Hamer is a partner in Michelman & Robinson LLP’s Los Angeles office, and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department.
Mr. Hamer has represented clients ranging in size from Fortune 100 to small business owners, and has extensive experience in the insurance, restaurant, transportation and hospitality industries. He has defended employers against lawsuits across the full spectrum of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, family medical leave, individual and class action wage and hour disputes, unfair competition/ trade secrets, wrongful termination, privacy rights, and traditional labor law (NLRA). He has obtained multiple defense verdicts.
Mr. Hamer takes a proactive approach to employment law issues, and advises clients on how to avoid litigation. He provides counseling and training on a variety of matters, including discipline and termination, workplace investigations, employment policies and procedures, and wage hour practices. He has also prepared and negotiated numerous executive employment agreements. Mr. Hamer also handles labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and representation of employers in union election matters.
Mr. Hamer has written on a variety of topics and has been published in numerous trade journals. In addition, he has been quoted in legal publications including The Daily Journal and Law360. He frequently speaks to employers and industry groups on employment law topics.
During law school, Mr. Hamer was selected for a merit-based Judicial Externship to the Honorable Dorothy Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Hamer is active in the local community through a variety of organizations, including Rotary International and Ability First, for which he serves as a member of the marathon fundraising committee.
Healthier Wellness Communications - Human Resource Executive - (Dec 04, 2013) - Jill Cueni-Cohen Spencer Hamer
Baseball Teams Facing Labor Investigation Over Intern Pay - Daily Journal - (Nov 26, 2013) - Laura Hautala Spencer Hamer
Friend or Foe? - Talent Management Magazine - (Nov 01, 2013) - Katie Kuehner-Hebert Spencer Hamer
Experts Give Their Solutions to Difficult Workplace Problems - What's Working in Human Resources - (Sep 09, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
California Ripe for Wave of Unpaid Internship Litigation - Daily Journal - (Aug 20, 2013) - Laura Hautala Spencer Hamer
Social Media Policies Criticall to Workplaces - HC Online - (Jul 30, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Attys Weigh In on Justices' Ruling in Harassment Suit - Law360 - (Jun 24, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Patchwork Of Paid Sick Leave Laws May Trip Up Employers - Law360 - (Mar 26, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
5 Tips For Handling Employee Cybersmears - Law360 - (Mar 20, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Business Increasingly Turning to Lawyers to Sort Out Implications of Obamacare - Daily Journal - (Mar 07, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Obamas Renominations Wont End Doubts Over NLRB Validity - Law 360 - (Feb 14, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
California's New Employment Credit Rules Could Curb Tax Abuses - Law 360 - (Jan 14, 2013) - Erin Coe Spencer Hamer
Health Care Union Tie-Up Signals Uptick in Labor Disputes - Law 360 - (Jan 04, 2013) - Erin Coe Spencer Hamer
5 Questions Employers Shouldn't Ask Job Applicants - Law360 - (Nov 30, 2012) - Abigail Rubenstein Spencer Hamer
Trial Will Set Value, Viability of 'Suitable Seating' Claims - The Recorder - (Nov 09, 2012) - Vanessa Blum Spencer Hamer
Bias Training Should Reflect EEOC Domestive Violence Guidance - Law360 - (Oct 24, 2012) - Abigail Rubenstein Spencer Hamer
Employers Brace for More Mini-Class Actions after Dukes - Law360 - (Oct 03, 2012) - Abigail Rubenstein Spencer Hamer
High Court 'Supervisor' Case Will Define Title VII Landscape - Law360 - (Jun 26, 2012) - Abigail Rubenstein Spencer Hamer
Paycheck Fairness Bill Blocked in Senate Again - Law360 - (Jun 05, 2012) - Bill Donahue Spencer Hamer
Armed Officers to Patrol for State Labor Violations - Daily Journal - (Mar 07, 2012) - Spencer Hamer
Creative Case of Wrongful Death - Daily Journal - (Feb 29, 2012) - Spencer Hamer
Huffington Post Blogger Suit Lacks Merit, Attys Say - Law 360 - (Apr 15, 2011) - Allison Grande Spencer Hamer
California Supreme Course Reverse Itself on Arbitration Waiver of Right to Wage Hearings - Labor & Employment Blog - (Oct 29, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
EEOC Issues New Guidance on Criminal Background Checks - Siren - (Sep 23, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Covered California: A New Health Insurance Exchange - Labor & Employment Blog - (Sep 18, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Creating an Effective Workplace Social Media Policy - Bloomberg BNA - (Jul 26, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Managing Workplace Risk: Ten Tips to Help Employees Stay Out of Court - Siren - (Jun 01, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Contractor or Employee? Classifying California Insurance Industry Workers - American Agents Alliance Newsletter - (Apr 11, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
A Brief Guide to Fighting Employee Cybercrime - Human Resource Executive Online - (Mar 20, 2013) - Spencer Hamer
Insurance Industry Telecommuting in the Era of the Cloud - American Agents Alliance Newsletter - (Mar 14, 2013) - Spencer Hamer, Dana A. Kravetz
California Employers Receive Long Awaited Ruling on Meal and Rest Breaks - Client Alert - (Apr 13, 2012) - Dana A. Kravetz, Spencer Hamer
Contractor Reality Check - Alliance Alert - (Feb 08, 2011) - Spencer Hamer
Taking the Offensive to Protect Trade Secrets - Law 360 - (Aug 31, 2010) - Spencer Hamer
Communication Law Questions in a New Age - Hotel and Motel Management - (Jul 06, 2010) - Spencer Hamer
Theft in the Workplace: Practical Tips for Preventing Disaster - Club Managers Association of America - (Apr 06, 2010) - Spencer Hamer