Trauma-Informed HR Approach

Trauma-Informed HR Approach

As we enter our workplaces recalibrate post-lock down businesses and their workforce are re-engaging about key issues related to employment:  remote work, pay, inflation, time off for illness, and continued COVID-19 outbreaks and illnesses.  One thing organizations can do to help their workforce thrive AND mitigate risk while doing it is to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their HR approach.

What are Trauma-Informed Practices?

A trauma-informed approach is not a checklist to go through. It needs constant attention, awareness, sensitivity, and adaptation to cultural changes. ES Legal uses these 6 guiding principles from the CDC for a trauma-informed approach.

  1. Safety
  2. Trustworthiness & Transparency
  3. Peer Support
  4. Collaboration & Mutuality
  5. Empowerment & Choice
  6. Cultural, Historical & Gender Issues

Trauma-Informed practices are about implementing communication strategies that make people feel safe and trusted in their environment.

ES Legal provides trauma-informed approach training for organizations. It’s really about incorporating the 6 guiding principles throughout day-to-day HR issues that come up.

Our HR Team

Ashley Emerzian, Esq.

Ms. Emerzian seeks to learn about her business client’s objectives and aligns transactional and advisory legal services with desired results. She regularly advises such clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws and consults regarding business and employment contracts, and policies and procedures.

Inna Shankar, Esq.

Ms. Shankar has substantial experience advising on California and federal employment laws, including employee classifications, independent contractor analysis, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour.

Brittany Contreras, Esq., SHRM-CP

For the firm’s private and non-profit sector clients, Ms. Contreras provides transactional and advisory services on HR law compliance.

Xochilt Valero, SHRM-CP

Ms. Valero provides paralegal support to the firm’s attorneys, including case management, legal research, collecting and compiling information needed for such analysis from clients and other fact-gathering, drafting of documents, and preparation of investigation report exhibits.

Brianna Jakosa

With over fifteen years of HR experience, Ms. Jakosa has a broad range of HR skills functions and has previously served as a director of human resources responsible for managing all of the company’s HR compliance. Ms. Jakosa assists the firm’s clients with day-to-day HR matters such as wage/hour and payroll questions, terminations, recruitment, diversity & inclusion efforts, and leaves of absence.

Sarah Hutchinson

Ms. Hutchinson brings her vast experience in human resources functions and non-profit sector operations. She has experience successfully handling challenging and complex staffing issues, including matters requiring investigation. Ms. Hutchinson supports the firm’s HR consulting work by assisting clients with direct HR support including for onboarding, termination, disability interactives, and other outsourced HR duties.