Cook Brown represents public and private sector employers in labor and employment law, with decades of success in the most challenging corners of workplace law, from negotiating collective bargaining agreements, to defending complex lawsuits involving harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and other employment claims.


DOL Persuader Rule Will Limit Options for Employers Facing Union Organizing

A new Rule adopted by the Department of Labor will impede the ability of employers to seek legal advice about union organizing. Known as “the Persuader Rule,” the new Rule will in effect require employers who consult with attorneys about discouraging or responding to union organizing efforts to disclose detailed financial information about their payments to such attorneys and the services provided by such attorneys. The attorneys, in turn, must also submit reports regarding the services provided to such employers, and the financial terms of such arrangements. Few firms or attorneys will concede to publicly disclose confidential aspects of their client relationships. As such, firms and attorneys inevitably will reconsider offering this advice. Thus, as a result of the new rules, employers may have fewer and fewer options for competent legal advice when responding to union organizing. Read more.


Prevailing Wage and New Skilled & Trained Workforce Requirements

Carrie Bushman will present an overview of prevailing wage law as it pertains to the precast concrete industry in California at the California Precast Concrete Association’s Spring Conference.  She will also highlight other new State employment laws, including the Fair Pay Act and new restrictions on the use of E-Verify.

April 29, 2016 | 10:0 AM to Noon | For more information or to register, visit the CPCA website.

At the Associated General Contractors’ California Spring Legislative & State Board Meetings, Carrie will review the State “skilled and trained workforce” legislation to break down the actual definitions incorporated into the language and how contractors will be expected to conform. Contractors and subcontractors who plan to bid or work on public works projects that are subject to recently enacted “skilled and trained workforce” statutes need to be aware of the impact these bills have on their obligation to employ an increasing percentage of workers who have graduated from a state or federally approved apprenticeship program for those projects.

May 9, 2016 | 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM | For more information or to register, visit the AGC website.


New California FEHA Regulations Now in Effect

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