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California Leave Law

 

Gain an understanding of the current California leaves available for a variety of situations and how best to apply them.

Many California employers are required to provide a variety of leave options for employees. Understanding and applying a variety of federal and state leaves during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a minefield for businesses. Often these leaves can overlap, supersede, or have a hierarchy that is complex and unforgiving if applied incorrectly. A lack of proper leave knowledge can lead to retaliation or discrimination claims as well as unpaid wages or benefits claims. This topic will help you understand, appreciate, and apply the current California leaves available in a variety of situations, from COVID-19 exposures or illness to the usual leave requests related to health or family needs. This material will provide in-depth explanations and examples for California employers. This information will take you through real-life scenarios and situations occurring right now and answer critical questions as well.

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Leslie E. Wallis

Leslie E. Wallis

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.’s Los Angeles office
  • One of the firm’s experts on leave of absence issues and a member of the firm’s Learning Solutions team, a group of expert trainers across a broad range of topics, including leave of absence related issues, wage and hour issues, and training related to harassment, discrimination, and elimination of bias; also performs workplace investigations
  • Focuses practice on advice and counsel with a particular emphasis on leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, in addition to drafting policies and procedures and providing advice on a broad range of employment issues for California employers
  • For the past 14 months a lead attorney for the firm on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; giving numerous webinars and writing articles on the California legislation relating to COVID-19, including COVID-19-related leaves of absence and drafted policies and forms relating to the new CFRA legislation with Charles Thompson
  • In 2016, completed UCLA’s year-long mindfulness facilitator training through the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is now recognized within the firm for leadership in this arena
  • J.D. degree, order of the coif, University of California at Los Angeles; B.S. degree in ballet, with high honors, Indiana University (former professional ballet dancer in Europe and the U.S.)
  • Can be contacted at 213-438-5843 or [email protected]
Charles L. Thompson, IV

Charles L. Thompson, IV

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.’s San Francisco office
  • Counsels and defends employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employment-related matters; these areas include trade secrets and unfair competition, California and federal leaves of absence, ADA compliance, and wage and hour compliance
  • Creates and provides workplace training programs to California employers on sexual harassment, workplace violence, corrective action and discipline, workplace investigations, managing the borderline employee, and avoiding wrongful termination claims
  • Was a judicial clerk for The Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Has been a faculty member of the San Francisco Law School, where he taught constitutional law and employment discrimination law
  • Has served as president of and outside counsel to Mission Neighborhood Centers, a nonprofit organization providing social services to the Mission District in San Francisco, California; in addition, he has served as first vice president, secretary and outside counsel to the NAMES Project Foundation, sponsor of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Karen F. Tynan

Karen F. Tynan

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.’s Sacramento office and Chair of the West Coast OSHA Practice Group
  • Counsels and defends employers in Cal/OSHA cases including citations for fatalities, accidents, programmed inspections, COVID-19 cases, and catastrophic events
  • Counsels employers on OSHA compliance, industry specific regulations, and safety protocols
  • In 2020, she was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as a Commissioner to the California Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun; serves as one of three public members
  • Recognized for her leadership in gaining equal pay for women athletes as the Founding Counsel for the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing as reported in the New York Times
  • Graduate, United States Merchant Marine Academy; served in the United States Navy Reserve for 10 years
  • Can be contacted at 707-508-8476 or [email protected]
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