Labor and Employment Law Section

News from the Section 

6th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference

Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Earn 6.5 Hours MCLE Credit

Hilda SolisFeaturing Keynote Address by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

Wage and hour class action litigation continues to be one of the hottest areas of employment practice. Learn from sitting state court judges, and other experts on what’s new, what works, and what does not in the wage case you are litigating.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Register online by Thursday, July 18.

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For complete information, see 6th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference.

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

Early Bird Pre-Regsitration and Hotel Registration Deadline: August 30, 2016 
Pre-Registration Deadline: September 8, 2016

The State Bar of California returns to beautiful San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multi-day showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees.

Register by August 30, 2016 to take advantage of preferred pricing. Your registration includes:

  • 111 MCLE courses 
  • Up to 19 Hours of MCLE and Legal Specialization credit 
  • Dynamic Opening Day and Closing Day General Sessions 
  • Free Networking Lunch, Morning Coffee Breaks and Evening Happy Hours in the Exhibit Hall 
  • Social events hosted by the State Bar and its various Sections, local bar associations and law school alumni groups

The Section will be presenting:

Program 5

Getting to Yes: Advanced Tips on Effective Settling / Mediating Your Labor & Employment Cases

Program 16

Across the Divide: Building Cultural Competency and Combatting Bias

Program 58

The Watch List: Pending U.S. and California Supreme Court Employment Law Cases

Program 68

Representative Actions Under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act

You can REGISTER ONLINE until September 8. For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

SB 836 Amendments to Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Effective June 27, 2016

The budget signed by the Governor includes changes to the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), including court review of settlements, filing fees, and resources to review and take cases, and online filing.  These changes are part of an oversight effort to give the state better data on filing. These changes affect attorneys!

SB 836, which became effective on June 27, 2016, made important changes in PAGA requirements.  Except as otherwise noted, these requirements apply prospectively to all pending PAGA cases as well as new filings.

The Labor and Workforce Development Agency has a new webpage available which includes initial information on the changes and will be updated as the program evolves.   Read all the new requirements HERE.

Apply Now for a 2016 Labor and Employment Law Section Grant

To obtain funding for a particular project or event, the requesting organization must ensure that the project or event has at least one of the following goals:

  1. To educate practitioners of all backgrounds in the practice of labor and employment law;
  2. To promote persons of diverse backgrounds in the population of practitioners in the area of employment or labor law; or
  3. To educate the general public about labor and employment law.

Current Deadline: July 15, 2016

Read all about the process at Grants.

Click HERE to access a Grant Application.

Click HERE to access Grant Cover Sheet.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

News From the Labor and Employment Law Review

SUBMISSIONS WELCOME: We encourage you to take a look at our Guidelines and Editorial Policy and to send us your well-researched articles for consideration.

MCLE CREDIT: If you're looking for MCLE credits (including for ethics), consider self-study articles from the Law Review, available HERE for as low as $15 a credit.

Your Legal Rights

Labor and Employment Law Section on the RadioRadio station KALW and 15 other radio stations regularly broadcast "Your Legal Rights," a show in which callers can ask questions of attorneys with expertise in different areas of the law. Our Section sponsors programs on labor and employment law.

The most recent labor and employment program was presented on June 24. The very timely topic was same sex marriage and employee benefit issues, with guests Clarissa A. Kang (Trucker Huss, APC in San Francisco) and Julie Hayden Wilensky (Lewis Feinberg in Oakland)

Tune into KALW at 91.7 FM for the San Francisco Bay area and on the Internet at To see all Labor-related programs in our archive, see Your Legal Rights.

Get Online Participatory MCLE Credit from the Labor and Employment Law Section

Your Labor and Employment Law Section offers lots of continuing education about employment discrimination law, as well as many other topics. We have online MCLE you can access any time, day or night, using a handy new webpage organized by category. Click on any of the topics listed below to see what courses your Section offers on that topic:

Case Law Alerts

Have you signed up to receive Labor Case Alerts? These case summaries are being sent to you by the Labor and Employment Law Section, in cooperation with Phyllis Cheng. Section members can sign up through My State Bar Profile.

Section Publications on California Public Labor & Employment Law

Our Section published the two definitive treatises on California public sector labor and employment law:

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We're delighted to announce that the Labor and Employment Law Section just launched our own pages on Facebook and Twitter. We're looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

In addition, the Section has a presence on the LinkedIn group for The Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA).

We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets"!

Contact Us

Labor & Employment Law Section The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368