The legislature is poised to enact legislation that will place the Labor and Employment Law Section and other Bar sections into a new, non-profit organization to continue the educational programming and other services the Sections have provided their members for decades. When this happens, our Section will maintain its special relationship with the Bar, but there may be some other changes in how things are run. We did not ask for this separation of the Bar’s educational functions from its regulatory functions, but we hope the changes will only be improvements.
What will not change is your Section leadership’s commitment to deliver the best educational programming for California’s labor and employment lawyers, and to build a network of professionals from both sides of the Bar engaging in an open dialogue about the fairest and most effective ways to regulate California workplaces. We will continue efforts to build mentorship, pro bono, and diversity programs, and to effect changes in the courts that promote a more cooperative model of problem-solving in our cases.
I am personally very proud to be delivering another excellent Public Sector Conference against next month, notwithstanding all of the strong currents pulling the Section and our 7,500 members in different directions, based upon state and national politics. With the tumultuous seas, we had to work very hard to keep the ship sailing, making sure that we could host it again at the beautiful Claremont in Berkeley, and ensuring that our programming will be as strong this year as ever. But, we have done it! Do not miss the terrific program on April 21st, or the other great programming we have in store the rest of the year.
-- Bryan Schwartz, Chair
The combined 34th Labor & Employment Law Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference will take place:
Thursday-Friday, July 13-14, 2017
Hyatt Regency -- Los Angeles International Airport
6225 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
June 22: Hotel Reservation Deadline
July 6: Early Program Registration Deadline
Earn up to 12.5 hours of MCLE Credit.
You can now register online for this conference. Online registration will close after July 6.
The Labor and Employment Law Section extends its appreciation to 2017 Bronze Sponsor, Polsinelli.
The 7th Annual Advanced Wage & Hour Conference & 34th Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting is a multi-day event featuring a full day of presentations on wage and hour law, and a full day schedule of programs covering key topics and issues in labor and employment law practice.
Planning Committees | Essential Information | Hotel Reservations |
Schedule for Thursday - Wage and Hour Conference |
Schedule for Friday - Annual Meeting |
Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. Form | Register Online
For full information, see 34th Labor & Employment Law Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference.
Deadline for 2017-2018 grant cycle: July 3, 2017
The Labor and Employment Law Section provides grants that:
Funding for each requested project or event shall generally be limited to a maximum of $5,000 in a calendar year. See Labor and Employment Law Section Grants for more information.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
Employers increasingly include collective and class action waivers in their arbitration agreements to avoid potentially lengthy and costly litigation. Employees increasingly see their state and federal court lawsuits removed to individual arbitration. Various courts are split on whether this type of waiver is lawful. Some administrative agencies find these waivers unlawful or take the position they are unenforceable. The United States Supreme Court will take up the issue in their October 2017 term in three consolidated cases, EPIC SYSTEMS CORP. V. LEWIS, ERNST & YOUNG LLP V. MORRIS, and NLRB V. MURPHY OIL USA. Will the Supreme Court’s decision impact litigation strategies in class action or other collective actions? Will it impact the rights of employees to pursue class or collective claims with the courts or with administrative agencies such as the NLRB?
Moderator: Christy Kwon
Speakers: Walter Stella, Michael Robin and Jill Coffman
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Immigration & Nationality Law. You must register in advance to participate.
In this anti-immigrant political climate, plaintiff’s lawyers must be mindful that unscrupulous employers may use immigration status to exploit workers. California has some of the most expansive worker protection laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination and retaliation based on immigration status or the threat of reporting immigration status. This webinar will provide practitioners with a summary of those California statutes and provide a summary of rights and remedies available to immigrant workers under California law.
Moderator: Monica Guiza
Speaker: Sandra Munoz
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section.
As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs 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.
The March issue of our Section’s Labor & Employment Law Review will feature an article by Lara C. de Leon and Christopher Olmsted on “California’s Fair Pay Act.” Joel Grossman also contributes an article on the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co., entitled “Severing Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions.”
Look for both, as well as our regular case law updates from our outstanding columnists.
Submissions are always welcome! We encourage you to take a look at our Guidelines and Editorial Policy and to send us your well-researched articles for consideration.
If you're looking for MCLE credits (including for ethics), consider self-study articles from the Law Review, available in our online catalog for as low as $15 a credit.
Radio 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. The show is also uploaded to the National Public Radio Satellite for national distribution. Our Section sponsors programs on labor and employment law. Here’s what’s coming up next:
Tune into KALW at 91.7 FM for the San Francisco Bay area and on the Internet at www.kalw.org. To see all labor-related programs in our archive, see Your Legal Rights.
This month, Practice Tips reminds readers of some often-overlooked resources for researching California employment law.
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:
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.
Our Section published the two definitive treatises on California public sector labor and employment law:
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"!
Labor & Employment Law Section The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639