2019 Employment Law News and Update

Prepare for the New Rules in the New Year

2019 Employment Law News and Update
— California State and Federal

Find out what are the new employment laws, bills signed, and updates that will impact how you:

  • Recruit and hire talent
  • Manage diverse employee needs
  • Compensate employees
  • Prevent sexual harassment
  • Develop and execute policies and procedures

Meet The Speaker

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel

Yen Chau is a  member of the firm’s Employment practice group, Senior Counsel Yen Chau handles a variety of employment-related matters. Her experience includes virtually all aspects of employee-employer relations. Yen is also a registered patent attorney and is based in our Oakland office.

A Valuable Asset to Employers

A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving alleged FEHA/Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative boards and the appellate courts. She has significant experience advising clients on performance management, disability accommodation, non-competes, and other issues associated with the terms and conditions of employment. A guiding force and advocate for her employer clients, Yen provides advice and guidance to avoid potential pitfalls, drafts employment handbooks, and designs processes to ensure legal compliance while minimizing risk and expense.

Letters of the Law

As a knowledgeable author and speaker, Yen presents and writes on labor and employment topics. Since 2014, she has served on the Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Section, and in 2017 was President of the Board.

Before Donahue Fitzgerald

Prior to joining the firm, Yen handled a wide range of employment and commercial litigation cases including corporate dissolution, will and trust contests, professional malpractice, toxic torts, and personal injury and wrongful death actions. She has a strong scientific background and has worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.

Affiliations

  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • President, Employment Section, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Scholarship

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2002
    • UCLA Intellectual Property Journal, Articles Editor
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Recent News/Articles

Past News/Articles

  • “California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the
    Way to a Rise in Pay?” Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, July 2017
  • “Admissibility of Immigration Status in Employment and Personal Injury Cases,” Contra
    Costa Lawyer Magazine, September 2014

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, San Rafael, CA, December 13, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Walnut Creek, CA, December 11, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Berkeley, CA, December 6, 2018

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Legal Administrators, East Bay, Yearly Update, January 2018
  • 2018 Annual Case and Statutory Update, January 2018
  • CCBA MCLE Spectacular on CA and Federal Leave Laws, November 2017
  • Retaliation in the Workplace: 2014 Statutory Updates, Speaker, March 6, 2014

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-3300
ychau@donahue.com