Roger K. Crawford


Tel: (909) 466-4918


At a Glance

Roger represents and counsels both public and private sector employers on labor and employment law.

He practices before numerous administrative agencies, as well as before public agency personnel boards and civil service commissions.

Roger helps his clients in developing and administering preventive employment policies designed to reduce and avoid liability.

Roger Crawford is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Ontario office, where he concentrates on labor and employment law, representing both public and private sector employers. In particular, he represents and counsels clients in:

  • Labor relations
  • Grievances and employment-related arbitrations
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Employment contracts
  • Unemployment matters
  • Discrimination and sexual harassment investigations
  • Employee discipline and evaluations

Roger practices before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other administrative agencies, as well as before public agency personnel boards and civil service commissions. A particular focus of his practice involves representing franchisors and franchisees in these employment matters. He also works with and assists clients in developing and administering preventive employment policies designed to reduce and avoid liability.

Prior to joining BB&K, Roger was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where he obtained substantial experience in traditional labor relations investigating, prosecuting unfair labor practice charges and conducting representation elections.

Roger is a member of the labor law sections of both the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. 

Roger’s wife, Afton, is a portrait artist. He has three children, Ivie, Colton and Sofia. His family keeps him busy when he is not at the office.


  • Loyola Law School, J.D.
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., economics


  • California


  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2018
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2021

Wage & Hour, Leave and Other New Laws for California Employers

Part 2: New Labor & Employment Laws for Businesses and Public Agencies in 2021

Legal Alerts Sep 11, 2020

DOL’s Joint Employer Rule Struck Down by Federal Court

California Among 18 States that Successfully Challenged “Vertical Employment” Liability Rule

Legal Alerts Mar 04, 2020

New NLRB Rule Clarifies Joint Employer Doctrine

Reduces Joint Employer Liability, Brings Clarity for Employers

Legal Alerts Mar 14, 2019

Department of Labor Proposes Increase to FLSA Exemption Salary Threshold

California Public Sector Employers Would Feel the Impact

Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2018

What Public Employers Need to Know Now in Wake of Janus Decision

SCOTUS Changes How Public Sector Union Fees are Collected; Governor Also Signs SB 866

Legal Alerts Aug 09, 2017

CNN Joint-Employer Appeal Goes Against NLRB

Employers Embrace Decision, But Issue Remains Unresolved

Legal Alerts Aug 02, 2017

Save Local Business Act Would Clarify “Joint Employer” Liability Under FLSA and NLRA

Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives Addresses Recent Expansion of Joint Employer Doctrine

Legal Alerts Jul 19, 2017

The Department of Labor Pulls the Plug on the “Persuader Rule”

Comment Period Open

Legal Alerts Jun 08, 2017

Department of Labor Rescinds Two Memos Broadening Joint Employer Liability

Impact on Court Decisions is Unclear

Legal Alerts Apr 24, 2017

Right to Seek Injunctive Relief Cannot be Waived by Arbitration Provision

Arbitration Agreement does not Provide Shield from General Contract Defenses

Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2017

California Legislature Proposes State Overtime Bill

Measure is Similar to Federal Rule That Was Put on Hold by Court

Legal Alerts Apr 10, 2017

McDonald’s Corp. Dismissed from Suit Over Wage Violations at Franchises

Ostensible Agency Theory Rejected by Court

Legal Alerts Mar 31, 2017

Joint Employer Relationship Between Contractors and Subcontracts Redefined by a Federal Appeals Court

New Standard Puts Employer at Significant Risk

Legal Alerts Mar 24, 2017

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

NLRB Ruling a Cautionary Tale for Employers

Legal Alerts Mar 07, 2017

Appellate Challenge of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard Moves Forward

Oral Argument Expected this Week

Legal Alerts May 02, 2016

Demotion Based on Mistaken Belief Deprives Public Employee of Constitutional Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Case Involving Political Campaigning Accusations

Legal Alerts Apr 06, 2016

New California Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour by 2022, Has Ripple Effects on Salaried Employees

Minimum Wage Increases Will Be Incremental, Starting in 2017 for Larger Employers, 2018 for Smaller Employers

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 21, 2016

Best in Law: New Joint-Employer Standards Pose Threat to Businesses

BB&K Attorneys Roger Crawford and Thomas O'Connell Discuss in the Press-Enterprise How New Rules May Bring Liability for Lawsuits Involving Workers Who Companies Do Not Directly Control

Legal Alerts Sep 14, 2015

National Labor Relations Board Rewrites Decades-Old Joint Employer Standard

New Standard Leaves No Predictability Regarding the Identity of the “Employer”

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