Littler X-celerator™ to provide an online employment toolkit for Mucker’s portfolio companies
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 22, 2015) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, and Mucker Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture fund and start-up accelerator, have entered into an agreement to offer the recently-launched Littler X-celerator™ to Mucker’s portfolio companies. In a unique arrangement between a law firm and venture fund, Mucker’s portfolio of emerging technology companies will gain access to Littler’s web-based tool that helps California start-ups comply with relevant employment laws as they hire and manage their workforce.
Mucker Capital invests in seed and pre-seed stage companies in the Internet software, services and media space. As part of its focus on working side-by-side with portfolio companies to help launch and scale new ventures, Mucker Capital also developed an operating and acceleration platform, MuckerLab, which has grown into one of the premier accelerators in Southern California.
“Littler’s focus on developing innovative technology solutions that help companies operate more efficiently aligns perfectly with our commitment to going beyond providing capital to serve as true business partners,” said William Hsu, co-founder and managing partner of Mucker Capital. “It is refreshing to see a law firm continuously push the boundaries to find new ways to approach compliance. Our portfolio companies will benefit immensely from the services offered by Littler X-celerator during an important stage of their growth.”
Littler X-celerator is the firm’s latest technology innovation, which hosts ready-made and template documents for three distinct employee phases: hiring and onboarding, maintaining the employee relationship, and employee termination. The sophisticated technology provides guidance on which legal documents to use and connects users to a Littler lawyer. It also houses an online resource center with guides addressing hot-button topics in California such as wage and hour laws, discrimination and harassment laws, and poster and training requirements, among others. Checklists are also available for employers to keep track of documents required by law for each employee. These resources will serve to assist companies at a critical time where the landscape of compliance is ever-changing, including the 1099 independent contractor model and its impact on companies in the on-demand space
“Mucker Capital has quickly developed a well-earned reputation in Southern California and across the country for helping entrepreneurs effectively grow their companies,” said Gene Ryu, shareholder in Littler’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. “We are excited for the opportunity this collaboration brings to help ease the burden of employment law compliance for their start-up companies so they can focus on developing their businesses. California employers, in particular, must comply with a complex web of federal, state and local employment laws, and our online system helps ensure that they don’t miss critical steps that can lead to significant liability down the road.”
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 70 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.