About Employee Relations Consultants

ERC was founded to provide exceptional human resource consulting services.

With over 30 years working with companies as an HR executive and/or employment counsel, Ms. Daniel is acutely aware of how much better companies function when employees are treated with respect and dignity.

This philosophy is the guiding principle of ERC’s consulting practice, and it results in employees being more engaged, productive, cost-conscious and happy.

ERC has helped numerous businesses construct policies and procedures that support their employees, enabling growth and a more profitable bottom line.

Susan’s extensive and varied experience as both an HR executive and employment counsel gives her a unique perspective. This makes her an ideal outsourced HR advisor and an excellent, cost-effective addition to your in-house HR team.

She understands what is legal and knows what is practical and how to join the two. ERC believes in prevention–that it is better to be proactive and do things right the first time. This approach is far better than to spend thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars “cleaning up the mess.”


About Santa Rosa Principal HR Consultant Susan Daniel

Santa Rosa HR Consultant Susan DanielSusan T. Daniel is founder and principal of Employee Relations Consultants, a firm committed to providing quality human resource consulting.

Background in Law and Human Relations

Susan has over thirty years of combined experience as a Human Resource executive and employment attorney. Although she has expertise in all aspects of human resources, she has devoted much of her career to developing organizational cultures that support employee retention and enhance business goals within a sound legal framework.

She has conducted and/or supervised hundreds of investigations as both an in-house investigator and an outside consultant, written numerous policies and practices manuals, mediated disputes and conducted a wide variety of seminars including sexual harassment training and managing within the law.

Experience with Fortune 500 Companies

Susan was Vice President of Human Resources at Informix Software, where she revitalized the Human Resource function. Prior to Informix, Susan was Vice President of Human Resource Operations at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Her responsibilities included directing the activity of generalists worldwide, employee relations (including investigations and mediations), employment, and health, safety and security.

She developed AMD’s policies and procedures and played a critical role in AMD’s acquisitions of both large and small companies. During her first seven years with AMD, Susan also served as the company’s employment counsel.

Before joining AMD, she was head Employment Counsel at Bank of America and an Associate Attorney at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen (now part of Morgan Lewis).

Education and Public Speaking

Susan is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Santa Clara, School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Law Review.  In addition to her Juris Doctor, Susan has a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, New York.

She was an adjunct lecturer in Employment Discrimination Law at Santa Clara Law School for five years and presently teaches Employment Law at Empire Law School in Santa Rosa, California. She is a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa.

A frequent lecturer on human resource and employment issues, Susan is the author of “Employee Relations Guide.” Unjust Dismissal, Matthew Bender (1993). She has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors.

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