FAQs
We work with professionals in a wide range of career areas within the legal profession and across a wide spectrum of industries. For our legal clients, we actively recruit attorneys, paralegals, office managers, litigation support personnel, human resources, legal secretaries, word processors, office services, and clerical support staff. For our corporate clients, we recruit for positions in accounting/finance, human resources, executive/administrative assistants, legal personnel, clerical support staff, and technology.
We’re always on the lookout for qualified candidates. We have a consistent number of immediate, full-time openings to fill, and we are always looking to add new job seekers to our roster of candidates for our very regular supply of short-term and long-term temporary positions. We can’t guarantee your work volume, of course, but we consistently experience a high demand for skilled, experienced professionals in a wide range of industries and job descriptions.

We have been active in the Northern California legal field since 1969, so we know the area better than any of our competitors. Most of our current team of recruiters has been with us for years, and have an intimate knowledge of the local environment. In addition, many of them worked in the legal field themselves, as paralegals or in human resources, before becoming recruiters.

Our expertise and activities cut across a wide variety of industries, and we give all of our clients the same time and effort. Through interviewing, we make sure we know your career goals and exactly the kind of job for which you’re looking for which you’re best suited. Then we work hard to find you that job, no matter what your field might be.

In addition to the extensive list of law firms with which we work, our corporate clients encompass the entire spectrum of Northern California businesses, both in size and industry. We represent the gamut, including advertising, design, financial services, management consulting, retail, publishing, engineering, biotech, technology, accounting, construction, insurance, web, and many more.

you are looking for a job in Northern California or in the greater New York City area, we can help you. We have an extensive reach across many cities, regions, and counties in Northern California. Our most active service areas include the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose Silicon Valley, Peninsula, and Oakland/East Bay. In addition, we cover Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Marin counties and the cities of Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Concord, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Hayward, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo, Burlingame, and San Rafael.

If we invite you to our offices for an interview, we’ll ask you to bring your portfolio (or URLs), resume, and references. During interview, we’ll provide you the opportunity to outline your experience and employment objectives. When appropriate, we’ll test your skills using our computer-based testing programs.

Yes. Some of our corporate and legal clients run production centers 24/7 and have projects that require support during standard business working hours.

Pathways is your legal employer when you are performing contract work for one of our clients, whether short-term or long-term. We advise you of your responsibilities and provide direction and guidance if those responsibilities change. We assume all standard responsibilities of an employer: we pay you weekly, withhold taxes, and cover insurance. Should a client decide to hire you on a full-time basis from Pathways, that client will become your legal employer once the offer has been extended and accepted, on your official date of hire. Finally, we also reserve the right to end an assignment should circumstances require that action.

Rates vary from job to job. Our contractors generally earn from $15.00–$60.00 per hour (with most earning $25–$40 per hour). Your earnings generally depend on the requirements for a given assignment, not necessarily on your overall level of experience.

No. The employer always pays our fees.

Our week runs from Monday through Sunday. We process payroll each Monday. Contractors must submit hours from the previous week by 12:00 p.m. each Monday (using our on-line time keeping portal or making alternative arrangements with our Office Manager) in order to receive a check on Wednesday. Please note that the time card must always be signed by the designated client supervisor of your project. We cannot pay you if the client has electronically approved your time card using our on-line time keeping portal.

If Monday is a legal holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.), the payroll schedule will be delayed one day. Timecards will be due on Tuesday and checks will be available on Wednesday after 12:00 p.m..

Most of our contract employees are eligible for overtime. For off-site or fixed-bid projects, we occasionally represent professionals who qualify as 1099 independent contractors. As such, they are not employees and are not eligible for overtime.

We pay our employees overtime (one-and-one-half times the regular pay rate) for any hours worked over eight in one day or any hours over 40 in a single week. We also pay overtime for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day in a single week.

We pay our employees paid double-time (two times the regular pay rate) for hours worked in excess of twelve in any workday or for hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day.

If we haven’t answered your question here, please feel free to contact us via email at info@pathwayspersonnel.com or by telephone, at (415) 391-2060.