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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 […]

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

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 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

“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

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

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

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

Employment Law and the Changing Political Scene

Employment Law and the Changing Political Scene

With the heat of summer comes passion, enthusiasm, vacation and much desired rest (well, for some). You will find this and more as you pass through the July Employment Law edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. The Employment Law edition is a welcome read for attorneys in all areas of practice as we are […]

Summer Employment – Quick Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls

Summer Employment – Quick Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls

What should you do if you suspect an employee is using “sick time” for time off other than “sick,” such as for a beach visit or other non-health-related events?

Coffee Talk

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 […]

CCCBA Diversity Award Program Announced

Diversity and inclusion in the law is something the Contra Costa County Bar Association values greatly and has worked hard to promote. To that end, we are pleased to announce the Bar Association has decided to recognize and present awards to law firms that embrace and implement diversity awareness and inclusiveness in their firms. A […]

Court Volunteer Appreciation Event

Court Volunteer Appreciation Event

On May 11, the Superior Court hosted a volunteer appreciation event in honor of the many volunteers that support the courts all year long.

CCCBA Goes to the A's Game

CCCBA Goes to the A’s Game

CCCBA members got together for an A’s game on May 9. Although the A’s lost, the group had a terrific time with a delicious tailgate before the game and a lot of fun together in the stands.

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 […]