Labor and Employment Law Section
News from the Section
19th Annual Public Sector Conference The Watch List: Pending Cases of Interest
The Watch List is a series of webinars on the latest cases of interest to California employment attorneys. We will present the Watch List webinars as soon as possible after decisions are published, and our speakers frequently will be the attorneys who argued in the reviewing court. The Watch List webinars will bring you the most up-to-date information from the leading attorneys in California and the nation.
We have provided a list of current cases we are watching on The Watch List. If you are interested in more information regarding pending cases of interest, please contact the Labor and Employment Law Section Coordinator, Lynn Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first program in the series is directly below.
Watch List Webinar: Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk
Monday, May 6, 2013, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers one hour of participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
This webinar will address the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk: is it the death knell for FLSA collective actions, or a misfire with little precedential value?
Speakers: Judge Stephen Haberfeld (Ret.), Gary Lynch and Ronald Mann
Webinar: The Explosion of Retaliation and Whistle-Blowing Claims
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
This program offers 1.5 hours of participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
In this program, we will examine forces fueling an explosion in retaliation and whistle-blowing claims: judicial developments, legislative expansion of rights and remedies and social policy initiatives that continue to foster public support for the rights of whistleblowers. We will analyze a variety of hot topics dividing the courts including: what type of conduct constitutes “protected activity” or an “adverse action,” how do complainants establish “causation,” and how can employers negate an inference of causation. Other topics include third-party retaliation, coworker harassment and the use of the judicial process as actionable retaliation.
Speakers: Kathryn Burkett Dickson and Theodora Lee
Webinar: The Never-Ending Story – Arbitration Agreements and the Law
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific)
This program offers 1.5 hours Participatory MCLE Credits. You must register in advance in order to participate.
Employers and employees are increasingly turning to contractual arbitration to resolve employment disputes as a less expensive and more efficient alternative to litigation; however, a steady stream of recent arbitration decisions, including U.S. Supreme Court cases Rent-A-Center v. Jackson (Jun. 21, 2010), AT&T v. Concepcion (Apr. 27, 2011), Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Oct. 31, 2011), Compucredit Corp. v. Greenwood (Jan. 10, 2012), and the NLRB’s controversial ruling in D.R. Horton, Inc. (Jan. 3, 2012) demonstrate that the arbitrability of such disputes is in a constant state of flux. In this program, we will discuss recent developments in the law.
New Labor and Employment Law Section Publication: California Public Sector Employment Law
We're pleased to announce the publication of the California Public Sector Employment Law. Written and edited by an outstanding team of skilled experts who are members of The State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, this resource comprehensively covers the many legal issues that particularly affect public sector agencies, their officers and employees. The book covers many subjects unique to the public sector, such as retirement, due process, conflicts of interest, free speech, contracting out governmental services, open meeting laws, political activities, and public safety employees. Other subjects, such as wage and hour law, leaves of absence, hiring, privacy rights, and various litigation issues, cover areas that affect both the public and private sectors.
To order your copy of California Public Sector Employment Law for only $296, please contact customer service at: 800-833-9844.
Your Legal Rights
Radio station KALW regularly broadcasts "Your Legal Rights," a show in which callers can ask questions of attorneys with expertise in different areas of the law.
On January 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Lisa Lawson (Pennington Lawson) and Phil Horowitz (Law Offices of Phil Horowitz) will join host Chuck Finney for a discussion of disability rights in the workplace.
Listen Now to "Employment Law" - aired on November 17, 2010.
Listen Now to "Privacy Issues in the Workplace" - aired on September 29, 2010.
Listen Now to "Wages and Hours Issues" - aired on July 7, 2010.
Listen Now to "Resolving Employment Law Disputes and Lawsuits" - aired on July 20, 2010.
To see all Labor-related programs in our archive, see Your Legal Rights.
Labor & Employment Law Section
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