Employment Law

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Discrimination & Harassment  

  • Disability Discrimination Dispute Workflow (FEHA/ADA) 
  • How to File and Respond to a DFEH Complaint  
  • Strategic Considerations in Drafting a Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint Under FEHA 
  • Deposition Outline of Defendant (Disability Discrimination)  
  • Pleading a Claim for Failure to Accommodate Under the ADA  
  • Pleading a Claim for Sexual Harassment (Quid Pro Quo) Under FEHA  
  • Plaintiff’s Trial Brief (Disability Discrimination) 
  • Proposed Special Jury Instruction: Scientific Certainty Not Required to Prove Disparate Impact  
  • Stipulation Authorizing Independent Mental Examination 
  • Use of Criminal Records in Hiring   

Wage & Hour  

  • Workflow: California State Wage & Hour Disputes  
  • Workflow: Exempt Status Misclassification Disputes (Federal & California)
  • Workflow: Independent Contractor Misclassification Disputes
  • Workflow: Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) 
  • How to Assess the Merits of a Wage and Hour Case  
  • How to Represent an Employer Before the Labor Commissioner  
  • PAGA Affirmative Defenses  
  • Chart of Wage and Hour Claims and Remedies  
  • How to Assess the Merits of a Wage and Hour Case  
  • How to Represent an Employer Before the Labor Commissioner  
  • PAGA Affirmative Defenses  
  • Chart of Wage and Hour Claims and Remedies  

Motion Practice  

  • Workflow: Motion Practice  
  • How to Navigate Law and Motion Procedures (Contra Costa County & other CA counties) 
  • How to Draft, File, and Serve a Noticed Motion  
  • Generic Request for Judicial Notice  
  • How to Draft, Circulate, File, and Serve an Order After Hearing  
  • How to Obtain an Order to Show Cause  
  • How to File a Motion to Be Relieved as Attorney of Record  
  • How to Move for a Preliminary Injunction  
  • How to Draft and File a Motion to Determine Good Faith of Settlement  
  • Plaintiff’s Notice and Motion to Tax Costs  

Retaliation and Whistleblower Issues  

  • Mitigating Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases  
  • Proposed Special Jury Instruction: Definition of Retaliatory Employment Action  
  • Proposed Special Jury Instruction: Retaliation – Explanation of Protected Activity  
  • Retaliation Legal Standard (Federal)  
  • Demand Letter for Failure to Accommodate and Retaliation Claims  
  • Proposed Special Jury Instruction: Collective Evidence of Retaliation  

Strategic Issues in Employment Law  

  • Tactical Considerations in Filing Employment Cases in State Versus Federal Court  
  • Strategic Considerations in Settling Employment Disputes  
  • Determining Whether to Send the Employer a Prefiling Settlement Demand  
  • Determining When to Move for Summary Judgment or Adjudication in Employment Matters  
  • Deciding Whether to File an Administrative Complaint or Seek an Immediate Right-to-Sue Notice  
  • Social Media in the Workplace  

Summary Judgment & Summary Adjudication  

  • Summary Judgment Legal Standard  
  • Federal Summary Judgment Legal Standard  
  • Summary Adjudication Legal Standard  
  • Comparison of Summary Adjudication Procedures  
  • Checklist: Deciding Whether to Move for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication  
  • How to Make and Oppose a Summary Judgment or Adjudication Motion in California State Court  
  • Strategic Considerations in Opposing Summary Judgment  
  • How to Oppose a Motion for Summary Judgment  
  • Objections to Evidence in Separate Statement 


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How-To Guides

Spend less time navigating the local rules of court and multiple pages on each court’s website. Let the judges in the California counties and district courts you practice in guide you guide you through the proper procedure. Each How-To Guide provides clear, concise step-by-step guidance, including Judge’s Perspective notes, Practice Notes, and more. 

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Strategy Notes

The best lawyers always want to know how other experienced practitioners analyze the issues. Strategy Notes give you an outline of the key strategic and tactical considerations you should take into account when analyzing a new development in your practice area, approaching settlement negotiations, or advising your client.  

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Charts & Checklists

Not everything requires in-depth legal research. Sometimes all you need is a quick overview of the key tasks or issues, or a reminder to not to forget an important step. Includes Cause of Action Checklists that outline the key elements, statutes of limitations, relevant jury instructions, remedies, and damages for a particular claim.   

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Sample Documents

High-quality templates, forms, and standard clauses, with detailed Guidance Comment annotations explaining the document’s requirements, as well as how, when, or why to adapt the sample language or use an alternate clause. Downloadable in Word, either with or without Guidance Comments.  

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Included Practice Guides

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Primary Law

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