Benjamin M. Ebbink is a member of FP Advocacy. He is also Of Counsel in the Sacramento office of Fisher Phillips, LLP. With nearly 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 level. Benjamin assists employers with navigating evolving legislative and regulatory landscapes in a variety of areas including 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 expert 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 seven children.
Rick Grimaldi is a member of FP Advocacy. He is also a Partner in the Philadelphia and Washington D.C. offices of Fisher Phillips, LLP and, as the co-chair of the firm's Government Relations Practice Group, serves as the liaison to FP Advocacy. Rick is the former Deputy General Counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and former Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. He has long been involved in state and national politics.
His national practice spans all aspects of labor and employment law including regularly representing employers in litigation matters involving discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims.
He provides advice, counsel and training on such topics as interviewing and hiring, performance management, creating a respectful workplace and drafting of employment handbooks and policies.
In addition, he assists 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.
Rick also assists employers with regulatory and government administrative issues at the local, state and federal levels. Rick has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers every year since 2007. Rick was voted by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America 2018©.