Labor and Employment Law Section

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Basic Wage & Hour Conference

Basic Wage and Hour Conference January 15, 2016

The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Earn 6 hours of MCLE credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.

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The Basic Wage and Hour Conference is a one-day primer on California and federal wage and hour law, led by practitioners representing employees, employers, management and labor. The program is perfect for attorneys new to the area, or as a refresher for those who have been away. Attorneys at the conference will learn about the substantive law for wage and hour practice, about common and not so common wage and hour violations, and about practicing before the California Labor Commissioner’s office. Attorneys will earn up to six hours of general continuing education credits during the conference. For more information, see Basic Wage and Hour Conference.

Webinar: Labor Law for Employment Lawyers

Wednesday, November 18, 12 noon- 1:15 p.m.

This program offers 1.25 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will provide an introduction to labor law principles through examination of the most common types of unfair labor practice claims. Our presenters will discuss the elements of each type of claim, available defenses, and the factual scenarios in which these claims arise.


  • Joseph L Paller, Jr., Gilbert & Sackman
  • Erich Shiners, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai

Webinar: Are Your Wage Statements in Compliance? An In Depth Review of California Labor Code § 226

Wednesday, December 2, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Do you know the 9 different items that must be on every employee's wage statements? Are you sure? The number of Class Action and Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA") cases that have been brought against California employers for wage statement violations has exploded since Labor Code § 226 was amended on January 1, 2013. Even if your client uses a payroll servicer, this is no assurance that you are in compliance. Wage statements are one of the easiest ways for plaintiffs' attorneys to sue employers – but they are also one of the easiest problems to fix. This webinar will cover the following topics to help you ensure that your company is in compliance with the law:

  • The 9 items required to be on all California employees' wage statements
  • The 3 (yes, 3!) types of penalties available to employees who do not receive compliant wage statements
  • The 2001, 2003, and 2013 amendments to § 226
  • The "minimal" standard for finding a violation of § 226
  • Recent state and federal decisions interpreting § 226
  • The interaction of § 226 and California's new sick leave law

Webinar: Using Unpaid Interns, Apprentices, Volunteers, and Trainees: It Could Cost You!

Wednesday, December 16, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Ever since the California Supreme Court's Martinez v. Combs decision in 2010, litigants have hotly contested the issue of which workers are "employees." Though the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the question of compensation of trainees nearly 70 years ago in Walling v. Portland Terminal, and the U.S. Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner each issued guidance on the question in 2010, California's law remains uncertain on which interns, apprentices, volunteers, and trainees are entitled to compensation. The recent Glatt v. Fox Searchlight opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit adds yet another dimension to this evolving area of law.


  • Anthony J. Oncidi, Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Bryan Schwartz, Bryan Schwartz Law
  • Chaya Mandelbaum

Webinar: Successful Mediation of an Employment Case with Represented and Un-represented Litigants

Friday, January 8, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit; 1 hour credit in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Employment cases are highly emotional on both sides. Successful attorneys will be able to sidestep the hidden pitfalls while mediating these cases by understanding the role of emotional preparation of their client, projecting correctly the needs and expectations of the unrepresented party, and staying on the right side of the ethical line when confronted with a party's lack of legal knowledge. Learn when overreaching fails, what the self-representing litigant risks, and what your own client's emotional investment in the solution will be.

Speakers: Claudia Hagadus Long, ADR Services, Inc.

News From the Labor and Employment Law Review

The September issue of our Section's Labor and Employment Law Review observes the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the following articles:

  • A Look Back: Title VII, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA, by Jinny Kim
  • The ADA: Is It a Happy Anniversary? by Dana LaMon

The newest members of the Section's Executive Committee (Laura Ziegler Davis, Monica T. Guizar, Joseph T. Ortiz, and Kristianne T. Seargeant) are also introduced to our readers.

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.

Tribute to Justice Joe Grodin, Labor and Employment Law Pioneer

UC Hastings is presenting a tribute to retired California Supreme Court Justice Joe Grodin, on the occasion of his 85th birthday and the publication of the latest edition of his book on California Constitutional law. The tribute will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at UC Hastings. Click here to RSVP for the Tribute.

The tribute is being held in connection with a 1-1/2 day Advancing Equal Access to Justice Conference that Justice Grodin initiated. That conference will be held on November 12 and 13. The keynote speaker on November 12 is Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California.

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