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Pushing to change burdensome labor laws in California.

  Representation of Management in Labor and Employment Law Matters Fighting for California businesses and strengthening employee job security. Good people taking interest in California business issues.  
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tom manzo, partner

Tom Manzo, President – Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames, Mr. Manzo was born in Detroit Michigan and raised in the south end of Madison Heights which is a working class city just two miles north of Detroit. He attended Oakland Community College and obtained an Associates Degree and eventually received a Bachelor’s Degree from Walsh College in Business Administration. It took many years to finish college as he always worked full time while attending and paid most of his schooling on his own. Tom never gave up on his commitment or the dream of a four year degree and the will to achieve that goal. He is certified from Stanford in Project Management which there is only a few thousand nationwide. He is authorized to put SCPM on his business cards. Tom has additional training in Executive Education from the University Of Southern California Marshall School Of Business in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership Skills.

Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames in Pacoima has almost 200 employees. Tom has been with Timely for over 14 years. Back in Detroit is where he got into sales working with a supplier to the Big Three Automotive Companies offering repair services on components for all of their automation. Eventually, he opened his own company supplying repair services to most Tier one and Tier two suppliers related to the Plastic Injection Molding Industry. The company he started was sold and he consulted a company who made door frames where not only did he meet Timely, he met his wife and she was the reason he came to California.

Founder and President of CABIA, a new non-profit organization dedicated to changing the burdensome and unfair labor laws in California. I decided to take action when the company I work for was hit with a private attorney general act (PAGA) lawsuit for ridiculous claims. That suit caused me to realize that the over 1,000 pages of California Labor Law are nothing more than a tool for plaintiffs’ attorneys to use against hardworking businesses. Before taking the leap to create a new organization for this effort, I reached out to other business organizations to see if they were interested in the fight. Unfortunately, many already had full plates, and others simply showed no interest. Some organizations say they represent businesses although, due to politics they support agendas that are actually harmful and others just don’t want to stir the pot. Trying to connect with politicians as an individual or even a company seemed impossible. At that moment I knew California businesses needed a voice.

Tom Manzo - Partner CABIA HR Services



Legal Counsel - RICHARD FREY, partner

Richard Frey is a seasoned litigator working for Epstein Becker Green in Los Angeles, California. My. Frey's focus is on general and complex commercial litigation and business matters, as well as unique labor and employment challenges faced by corporations and individuals. He also has significant experience in trade secret and unfair competition litigation, including litigation involving non-compete agreements.

Mr. Frey previously served dual leadership roles as both the Chair of Venable's West Coast Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s West Coast Labor and Employment Practice Group.

He has litigated cases in both state and federal courts and has particular skill in defending commercial class actions against alleged violations of the California Business and Professions Code § 17200, as well as wage and hour and shareholder derivative class actions. 

In addition to his significant litigation experience, Mr. Frey provides transactional advice on corporate matters including employee-related concerns associated with mergers and acquisitions and executive employment agreements.  He also has substantial experience representing clients across a wide range of industries in a variety of business matters including those involving distribution deals, partnership agreements and other contract negotiations.

Mr. Frey represents Fortune 500 companies, as well as prominent hospitals and healthcare groups.  He also represents sports and entertainment agents and has provided counsel to movie studios and independent film producers on guild and labor matters.


Richard Frey - Partner CABIA HR Services

Richard Frey


Legal Counsel - Robert h. pepple

ROBERT H. PEPPLE's clients include corporations and individuals in numerous industries, such as entertainment, health care, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications.

Mr. Pepple regularly litigates and provides advice on human resource issues, non-competes, trade secrets, and many other aspects of California and federal employment laws. More specifically, his experience includes:

  • Advising on and litigating matters related to discrimination, whistleblowing, harassment, retaliation, violations of family leave, tort claims, and restrictive covenants and cases arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, Defend Trade Secrets Act, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as well as the California counterparts to these federal laws
  • Defending employers against class and/or representative actions brought under California and/or federal compensation laws
  • Representing management in labor-related matters, including collective bargaining negotiations and union elections, and defending against unfair labor practice (ULP) charges
  • Counseling employers on best practices for, among other things, recruiting, hiring, firing, compensation, discipline, providing reasonable accommodations, statutory leaves of absence, and personnel policies

He also provides pro bono advice to nonprofits and charitable organizations in Los Angeles on employment, federal and state regulatory compliance, and other issues.

Prior to joining CABIAHR, Mr. Pepple was an associate in the employment departments of two national law firms, where he represented and advised corporations and individuals on a wide range of employment issues. 

Robert Pepple - Legal Counsel CABIA HR Services

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Anna Manzo, Bio here.

Anna Manzo - Senior Administration CABIA HR Services