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Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally’s recent running goal has been to set the record for the oldest male finisher for the oldest 100-mile race in the United States, the Western States Endurance Run.

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Before the associates arrive, before the phone starts ringing, before the sun has even peaked over the Oakland hills, the head of Wendel Rosen’s employment practice Margaret “Maggie” J. Grover is propelling a racing shell through the Oakland estuary. Sometimes, she and fellow members of the East Bay Rowing Club glide from the estuary between […]

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

“Judges and lawyers think it is weird that I skydive.  Skydivers think it is weird that I am a judge.”

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

It was not until four years ago, inspired by a precocious 13-year-old young lady who won the National American Casting Tournament in accuracy, that I got serious. I set goals, scheduled practices, balanced tackle and seriously entered competitions. I got good over the ensuing two years.

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Ramirez appreciates not only the character building part of sports but also the character-revealing aspect. “Everything you do in life translates into everything else you do,” she said.

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

At the tender age of 13, CCCBA Board Member Ericka McKenna (nee Ackeret) became the National Race Walking Record Holder in the 3000m Race Walk, a record that still stands today.  McKenna race walked 3000m (approximately two miles) in 13 minutes and 57 seconds in the 1996 Pacific Association Junior Olympics. While McKenna no longer […]

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

Not eligible to file bankruptcy

Not Eligible to File Bankruptcy? An Analysis of What is Required

So what happens if a Chapter 13 debtor runs afoul of either the regular income requirement or the debt limits? The debtor is then faced with either dismissal of the case or the conversion of the case to Chapter 7.

Lien Strips Revisited

Lien Strips Revisited

At the time of the prior article, the law was unsettled as to whether or not lien strips were available in the Chapter 20 context. Since that time, the Ninth Circuit has weighed in, holding definitively that lien strips are available in Chapter 20…

You Did What to my Claim? Capping a Commercial Landlord's Attorney's Fees in Bankruptcy

You Did What to my Claim? Capping a Commercial Landlord’s Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy

The court disagreed with the lower courts’ all-or-nothing approach and remanded for further factual findings in apportioning attorney’s fees between termination-related efforts and work unrelated to termination.