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Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

California’s outspoken response to the new administration indicates that the gap between state and federal employment laws will only increase.

California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the Way to a Rise in Pay?

California’s 2016 Fair Pay Act which strengthens California’s pay equality statute, is suggested to possibly be “the nation’s most aggressive attempt” to close the salary gap between men and women.

“Covfefe” and the Workplace – California Labor Code’s Anti-Retaliation Provisions in the Modern Day Political Workplace

Seemingly innocent comments or conversations in the workplace about “politics,” a social media group, or weekend activity can lead to claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation …

What You Should Know about the Private Attorneys General Act in 2017

This article is a top-level summary of how California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) works. PAGA has been revised several times, and has been the subject of many appellate court decisions, since it was first introduced in 2004.

Recent Developments in Paga Litigation

SB 836, effective June 27, 2016, made important changes in PAGA requirements. Except as otherwise noted, the requirements apply prospectively to all PAGA cases pending as of June 2016 and to all PAGA claims initiated thereafter.

Recent Developments in California Rest Period and Day-of-Rest Law

The monetary costs of non-compliance can be substantial under California’s rest period laws—an eligible employee who does not receive his or her paid rest periods can seek recovery for premium pay of up to two additional hours of pay each day, at the employee’s regular rate of pay, for up to the past four years’ of employment

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  • Contra Costa Lawyer July 2017 Issue: Employment Law Issue

    The Employment Law Issue browse, view online, or download Features: Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration, by Wendy Coats, Bailey Bifoss and Carolyn Pham California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the Way to Rise in Pay?, by Yen Chau […]

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    California’s Minimum Wage Rate

    Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We ask a short question related to an upcoming theme and responses are then published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. This month we ask, Do you agree with the State of California’s minimum wage rate? Why or why not? Background: The current […]

  • Food From the Bar 2017

    The 26th Annual Food From The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was another success, bringing in over $56,500. Twenty-four law firms participated in the event that included the Walk-a-Thon, Comedy Night, and a competitive food drive among the firms. Congratulations and thank you to the winners: 1-5 Employees: Law […]

  • The Next Generation – Court Tour Program

    Volunteering as a Court Tour Docent is a fantastic job! During the school year, docents tour 5th & 8th grade classes around the Martinez courthouses where the students learn about court security, the Judicial Branch, and how our legal system works. Students visit the detention facility, observe legal proceedings, meet court staff and participate as […]

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