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Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized nationally as a Tier One firm—the highest possible ranking—in “Employment Law—Management” and “Litigation—Labor & Employment” by U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Our employment group is also recognized in every metropolitan area we practice
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications
 

CALIFORNIA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

In a growing and employee-friendly state, we help companies develop creative strategies for managing a thriving workforce in California.

Our approach

California has more employees than any other state. And that number is projected to grow by nearly 40% by 2025.

The Golden State is a global hub for technology, biotech, arts and entertainment, agriculture and green energy. It’s also home to employee-friendly courts, aggressive administrative agencies and a vast and unique body of employment laws and regulations.

Obscure state and municipal laws further complicate areas of employment that already require watchful attention—such as pay and wages, discrimination and harassment, employee leave and reductions in workforce.

And incentives for whistleblowers and employee-led lawsuits and class actions heighten the risk for employers.

Our team of more than 30 dedicated labor and employment attorneys in California guide our clients through this maze of laws so they can capitalize on the state’s abundant opportunities.

Who we work with

  • California employers of all sizes and in all industries
  • Particularly deep experience working with clients in the health care, food and beverage, agricultural, life sciences, technology and retail industries

Media Clips

  • Clarifying ‘Show-Up’ and Split-Shift Wage Orders
    California and Employment Law 360 | January 30, 2012

    This article, authored by San Francisco Labor & Employment counsel Paul Lynd, discusses the California Court of Appeal’s resolution of two frequent questions arising under California’s reporting-time pay and split-shift premium requirements.

Ideas

Stay out of it: Franchisors who leave personnel management and training to franchisees not liable for franchisees' actions
Employment Law Alert | September 2, 2014

No cutting out: California employers must reimburse all cell phone expenses
Employment Law Alert | August 18, 2014

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"The box" is banned
Employment Law Alert | August 14, 2014

San Francisco legislation aims to integrate with national health care reform and phases out use of HRAs
Benefits Law Alert | August 8, 2014

Timing is everything: California Supreme Court clarifies timing of commission pay for overtime exemption and when commissions must be paid
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Leave deductions for exempt employees' partial-day absences—still ok in California, now with no minimum
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

California's Paid Family Leave Program expands the definition of a family member and brings new leave challenges for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 26, 2014

California Supreme Court allows class action waivers — but with exception for PAGA
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

Don't forget! California's minimum wage increases on July 1, along with minimum salary for exempt employees
Employment Law Alert | June 9, 2014

"It's getting hot [out] here…"
OSHA Alert | May 16, 2014

Ninth Circuit says PAGA claims are not class actions under CAFA
Class Action Alert | April 9, 2014

San Francisco "bans the box" and restricts criminal background checks
Employment Law Alert | March 14, 2014

How friendly is the new San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance?
Employment Law Alert | March 12, 2014

San Francisco authorizes use of HRAs to satisfy HCSO spending requirement
Benefits Alert | December 31, 2013

The Labor and Employment Law crystal ball: Trends and developments for 2014
Employment Law Alert | December 27, 2013

California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

California increases minimum wage, in two steps, to $10 per hour
California Law Alert | October 24, 2013

Webinar Recording: Navigating Health Care Reform and San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance in 2014
Originally recorded September 24, 2013 | September 30, 2013

DOMA is (mostly) done. What U.S. v. Windsor means for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 28, 2013

San Francisco proposes mandatory flexible working arrangements
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2013

New decision, rules require new focus on pregnancy leaves and accommodation in California
Employment Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Mixed win for employers: California sets new standard in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | February 12, 2013

California employment legislation: What's new for 2013?
Employment Law Alert | October 5, 2012

California becomes third state to enact social media password law, joining Maryland and Illinois
Employment Law Alert | October 2, 2012

California joins other states in making franchisor potentially liable as franchisee's "employer;" opens door to broader vicarious liability claims
Franchise Law Alert | July 12, 2012

California charter cities do not have to pay prevailing wages on local public projects involving local public funds
Employment Law Alert | July 10, 2012

California court: class arbitration waivers allowed after all
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2012

California upholds personal attendant exemption when health-related tasks involved, as efforts to eliminate it continue
Employment Law Alert | May 29, 2012

Brinker sequel: no attorney's fees allowed on California meal and rest period claims
Employment Law Alert | May 7, 2012

California Supreme Court resolves key meal and rest period issues for California employers
Employment Law Alert | April 12, 2012

California Supreme Court sets stage for major decision on employers' rounding of time entries
Employment Law Alert | February 14, 2012

New ruling further expands California's commission pay overtime exemption
Employment Law Alert | February 13, 2012

California clarifies reporting time pay for scheduled meetings, split shift premiums
Employment Law Alert | January 18, 2012

Webinar Recording: San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance: New Notice Obligations and Year-end Deadline
January 9, 2012

California Labor Commissioner issues template notice under Wage Theft Protection Act
Employment Law Alert | January 6, 2012

San Francisco raises minimum wage to over $10 an hour
Employment Law Alert | January 5, 2012

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