Benjamin M. Ebbink is a member of FP Advocacy. He is also a partner in the Sacramento office of Fisher Phillips. With more than two decades of experience in labor and employment law and in assisting the development of California labor law and regulations, he focuses on legislation introduced at the state and local levels. Benjamin helps employers navigate evolving legislative and regulatory landscapes in a variety of areas including worker classification, workplace discrimination, employee privacy, wage and hour, employee compensation, trade secrets, employment contracts and terms, healthcare, immigration, employee leave, workers’ compensation, workplace safety and affirmative action.
For nearly 15 years, Benjamin served as Chief Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment where he was the primary policy advisor on labor and employment matters for the California State Assembly. Benjamin played a key role in virtually every major labor and employment issue to come before the legislature during his tenure, and personally drafted hundreds of legislative proposals. During his service in the legislature, Benjamin earned a reputation for his integrity, his ability to work with diverse stakeholders on all sides, and his skill as a problem-solver.
His legislative experience and deep connections in the stakeholder community allow him to provide services to clients that have legislative or regulatory issues that benefit from his unparalleled experience and strategic guidance.
Benjamin began his legal career as an associate with Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, focusing on federal and state labor law, bankruptcy law and ERISA. He received his J.D. in 2000 and his B.A. in 1997 from the University of California, Davis. He lives in Roseville, California with his wife and eight children.
Rick Grimaldi, a member of FP Advocacy and a partner in the Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New Jersey offices of Fisher Phillips, is a front-line advocate before federal, state, and local legislative bodies for employers looking to develop laws and policies that will help them thrive while addressing workplace concerns. Long involved in state and national politics, Rick is the former Deputy General Counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and former Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
In 2017 Rick led the team that favorably changed labor law on behalf of employers nationwide by successfully overturning National Labor Relations Board precedent that had previously made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees, known as micro units, within a larger employer. The result in PCC Structurals created a new legal standard benefiting all employers, and the case typified what has been the hallmark of Rick’s career - aggressively defending the interests of businesses around the world and at the same time working to help them be better employers, leading to more satisfied employees and ultimately increased employer success in the marketplace.
Rick’s practical approach to solving workplace challenges with his clients is a natural outgrowth of his experience leading an Employee Relations team as Director of Labor Relations for a large international technology company. This experience led him to understand the value of combining sound practical strategic advice with an understanding that business decisions are never made in a vacuum.
His national legal practice spans all aspects of labor and employment law, including regularly representing employers in litigation matters involving discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims; advising, counseling and training employers on such topics as interviewing and hiring, performance management, creating a respectful workplace and drafting employment handbooks and policies; assisting businesses in traditional labor matters such as formulating comprehensive and strategic union avoidance practices, protecting employers in union election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and defending grievance and unfair labor practice claims.
He is the author of FLEX: A Leader’s Guide to Staying Nimble and Mastering Transformative Change in the Workplace, which provides a blueprint for all employers to successfully navigate the incredible changes occurring in the workplace impacting everything from hiring to terminations, and all the issues that arise in between.
Rick spent 15 years as a talk radio host and continues to make guest appearances on nationally syndicated programs. He is also a sought-after speaker who travels the country helping companies and organizations understand the ever-changing work environment, employment issues and how to blend diverse employee populations for maximum effectiveness. This, combined with his years practicing law, makes him uniquely qualified to help companies that find themselves in crises. From public relations to employee relations, Rick is able to help companies manage these situations.
Rick has been repeatedly selected for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America 2018© (2018 – 2019, 2021 – 2023).