Section Labor and Employment Law

The Employment and Labor Law Section is comprised of a diverse group of members of the Employment Law community. The section provides a forum and offers continuing legal education (CLE) programs for neutrals and management, and labor and employee attorneys to meet and discuss current developments affecting their practices.

Section Chairs

Cara F. Barrick
415 536 3424

Jenny Schwartz
415 638 8800

There are no upcoming Labor and Employment Law events

Sep 06, 2021
By Diane Marie O'Malley and Sandra L. Rappaport

The Vaccine Mandate Landscape The landscape is evolving almost every day on the subject of mandatory vaccinations despite the fact that government mandates of vaccines are not new. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), the United States Supreme Court upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. On May 28, the EEOC updated its COVID-19 guidance, permitting employers (including federal and state governments) to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates, subject to certain exemptions. A disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination are they only exemptions to any vaccine requirements that employers must consider.

Sep 06, 2021
By Cynthia Moreno of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association

Last September, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1159, which codified the COVID-19 presumption created through an Executive Order (N-62-20) that stated an employee’s COVID-19 illness is an occupational injury and therefore eligible for worker’s compensation benefits if certain criteria are met.

Sep 06, 2021
By Cari Cohorn

More than 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus continues to present challenging legal issues to employers struggling to balance the competing goals of resuming full business operations versus protecting the health and safety of employees, clients, and vendors. This article presents a broad overview of the current legal status of employer efforts to require or encourage vaccinations.

Sep 04, 2021
By Laurie Vaala-Olsen

Patrons are slowly returning to the Marin County Law Library after our reopening to the public in May 2021. At present, we require all patrons to wear masks but have mostly returned to normal operations. Two of the Library's major public programs continue on Zoom, rather than in person: Lawyers in the Library and First Thursdays at the Marin County Law Library.

Aug 09, 2021
By Laura McMahon, Legal Aid of Marin Pro Bono Manager

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Mar 02, 2021
By George Usi

In a world where hackers seem to be able to break into just about any computer connected to the internet, have you considered the security of the tech you use every day? An important question at any time, it’s even more critical in our current work-from-home era.