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Work stoppages and disruption of operations are consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This GT Alert provides an overview of federal law regarding employee protections associated with work stoppages that protest safety in the workplace.

Read the full GT Alert here: “Handling Employee Concerns and Protests During the Pandemic: Federal Law on Interference with Operations.”

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Photo of Tayanah C. Miller Tayanah C. Miller

Tayanah (“Tay”) Miller represents corporate clients in a variety of labor and employment matters, including complex wage and hour collective and class actions, traditional labor matters, discrimination and retaliation claims, wrongful termination lawsuits, and common law tort claims. She has defended clients in

Tayanah (“Tay”) Miller represents corporate clients in a variety of labor and employment matters, including complex wage and hour collective and class actions, traditional labor matters, discrimination and retaliation claims, wrongful termination lawsuits, and common law tort claims. She has defended clients in matters arising under the California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other federal and state laws. She also maintains a robust employment counseling practice.

Tay has experience at all stages of litigation. She has managed and conducted factual investigations and discovery, drafted discovery and dispositive motions, argued motions, and developed trial strategies. She also has mediation, settlement, and trial experience.

During law school, Tay interned at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Benefits Security Administration where she helped administer the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program.

Photo of Jonathan S. Sack Jonathan S. Sack

Jonathan S. Sack focuses his practice on a wide-range of labor & employment law issues, including traditional labor, employee discipline and terminations, workplace investigations, wage and hour, discrimination, employee benefits, and leave and disability. He has broad experience before arbitrators and federal and

Jonathan S. Sack focuses his practice on a wide-range of labor & employment law issues, including traditional labor, employee discipline and terminations, workplace investigations, wage and hour, discrimination, employee benefits, and leave and disability. He has broad experience before arbitrators and federal and state administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the California Labor Commissioner. He also regularly advises clients on employment law issues that arise in corporate transactions. His experience spans numerous industries in both the public and private sectors.

Photo of Chuck Birenbaum Chuck Birenbaum

Charles S. Birenbaum serves as the firm’s Chair of Northern California and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Labor-Management Relations group. Chuck is an experienced labor and employment attorney who focuses his practice on traditional labor and employment law matters, and

Charles S. Birenbaum serves as the firm’s Chair of Northern California and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Labor-Management Relations group. Chuck is an experienced labor and employment attorney who focuses his practice on traditional labor and employment law matters, and has wide-ranging experience litigating in state and federal courts as well as various administrative agencies. He has testified on proposed legislation impacting entire industries before state legislative committees, and has interfaced and negotiated with labor organizations, politicians, regulators, and industry leaders to resolve complex issues for his clients in the health care, energy, construction and other industries.

Chuck is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried race harassment class actions, noncompetition trials, unfair labor practice hearings before the National Labor Relations Board, and multiple arbitrations. His appellate work includes decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit under the National Labor Relations Act, Labor Management Relations Act, and the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act.

In the area of traditional labor law, Chuck has a broad array of experience in collective bargaining, union organizing and trust fund litigation for employers in the construction, energy, health care, manufacturing, and service industries. He has first chaired collective bargaining for all bargaining units at a health care system; first chaired collective bargaining over a bargaining unit of registered nurses at a dialysis provider; first chaired collective bargaining for construction agreements covering billions of dollars of heavy infrastructure development; and first chaired collective bargaining for a steel manufacturer and fabricator.

Chuck has been honored by numerous organizations for his labor and employment practice. In 2013 alone, Chambers USA Guide listed him for his work in labor and employment law, Human Resources Executive® magazine named him one of the nation’s top 100 most powerful labor attorneys, and The Daily Journal singled him out as one of California’s top 75 labor attorneys.