Sacramento Shareholder Named One of Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2015

211_David_S_Bradshaw_Sacramento_440x280National workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. congratulates Sacramento Shareholder David S. Bradshaw for being selected as one of the Sacramento Business Journal‘s Best of the Bar 2015. Attorneys named to the list will be honored at a cocktail reception this evening at The Mix Downtown.

The journal designates local attorneys who are nominated by their peers and vetted by a panel of attorneys and serves as a resource for companies and individuals looking to hire an attorney in the Sacramento area.


Recorded California Summer E-Series Webinar Now Available for Viewing: How to Avoid Cal/OSHA’s Most Commonly Violated Standard and Develop an Effective Injury Illness Prevention Program for Your Workplace

Our California Summer E-Series Webinar, How to Avoid Cal/OSHA’s Most Commonly Violated Standard and Develop an Effective Injury Illness Prevention Program for Your Workplace, is now posted for review.  Read More

California Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2016

National workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. congratulates the following California Shareholders for being named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers: Mark Attwood, Mia Farber, Michael A. Hood, Joel P. Kelly, Jay Adams Knight, Thomas G. Mackey, Mark S. Ross and Craig A. Schloss.

Mark S. Ross was also named “Lawyer of the Year” in his respective specialty and metropolitan area. To see all Jackson Lewis attorneys who made the list, read the full article here.

Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.



California Court Holds Arbitrator Decides Class Arbitrability Where Agreement Specifies AAA Rules

An employment arbitration agreement that incorporated the American Arbitration Association’s National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes vested the arbitrator with the power to decide whether the agreement authorized class-wide relief, the California Court of Appeal has ruled. Universal Protection Service LP v. Superior Court, No. C078557 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 18, 2015). The Court denied an employer’s petition to set aside the trial court’s order compelling class arbitration and ordered that the arbitrator should determine the class issue. Read More

Constitutional Challenge to California’s Background Check Law Rejected

If a background check includes information about a job applicant’s character, California’s background check law applies, the California Court of Appeal has held, rejecting an employer’s challenge to the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1786 et seq.) (“ICRAA”). Connor v. First Student, Inc., No. B256075 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2015). Read More

Common Sense Prevails as Court Knocks Out Yelp Reviewers’ Class Action Seeking Pay for Voluntary Online Reviews

A California federal judge dismissed a putative employment collective action last week, brought by individuals who wrote reviews on Yelp, a popular online business rating website predicated on user-reviews, holding that an individual who acts for personal pleasure without a promise of pay does not have a claim for wages under federal labor law. Jeung, et al., v. Yelp, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02228-RS, U.S.Dist. (N.D. Cal. 2015). Read More

You Won’t Want to Miss This! The California Workplace Law Breakfast Series End of Year Update

Employers with operations in California – from established corporations to emerging and startup companies – face unique challenges. California law often sets the national trend with employment law developments predating changes across the country. Our biannual breakfast series consists of interactive seminars offered throughout the Golden State aimed at helping participants learn about the latest legal developments and explore ways they may avoid liability by developing preventive strategies. We encourage human resources executives and professionals, in-house counsel and chief executive officers to attend. Read More

California Court of Appeal Affirms Expense Reimbursement Award to Misclassified Employees

Four drivers who transported cargo from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles were misclassified as independent contractors and subjected to illegal paycheck deductions, a California Court of Appeal has held.  Garcia et al. v. Seacon Logix, Inc., No. B248227 (July 16, 2015) (unpublished).  This case reiterates a simple, yet important principle of employment law: notwithstanding the express language in an “Independent Contractor Agreement,” workers are employees—and not independent contractors—if the business controls the manner and means of their work.  Read More

Death Threats Against Co-Workers Defeat Employee Disability Discrimination Claim, Federal Court Rules

A depressed employee who was fired for threatening to kill his co-workers was not a qualified individual entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as the employee could not perform essential job functions, with or without an accommodation, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled, affirming judgment in favor of the employer. Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc., No. 13-35643 (9th Cir. July 28, 2015). The Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction over Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Read More

Complimentary Silicon Valley Labor Seminar on September 9, 2015

Co-hosted by Juniper Networks and Jackson Lewis P.C., the Collaboratory Series offers interactive workshops designed to highlight “real life” compliance issues and solutions for employers. 2015 has been another year for groundbreaking new decisions and rules from the National Labor Relations Board. Not only did the “quickie election” rule go into effect on April 14th, but the Board has also continued to redefine workplace law in other significant ways. In this session, we will discuss the law, trends and recommendations for employer consideration. Read More