Employment and Labor – Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Technology, new regulations and globalization are fundamentally changing the workplace—and presenting companies with more challenging decisions than ever regarding their workforce.
Given the complexities of today's labor climate, building a relationship with a legal team that can guide you through new developments, explain your options clearly and help you make thoughtful, informed decisions is key. Our team works closely with you, often serving as an extension of your in-house human resources and legal departments.
Manatt is focused on where your business needs to go and what it takes to get there.
Our lawyers put to work years of experience and extensive employment law skills to:
Few things are less productive to businesses than litigation. Whatever the issue, our goal is to help you prevent as many of these actions as possible—and to successfully defend against the rest.
We offer high-level strategic advice and an effective defense involving a wide variety of legal issues, including complex wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination and wrongful termination cases, tort and contract actions, workplace security-related litigation, and lawsuits containing trade secret and unfair trade practice claims.
Our goal is to diffuse tensions while creating favorable outcomes for our clients. We are especially skilled at handling collective bargaining agreements, and will advance your interests in all dealings with labor unions.
Whether you have 15 employees or 15,000, we help you analyze options, make informed decisions and take effective action to protect your company in today's complex work environment.
Our clients are diverse, ambitious and business-savvy. We work with some of the most successful people and firms in the U.S. and beyond.
Esra A. Hudson
Partner, Employment and Labor
Christian E. Baker
Partner, Litigation
Sharon B. Bauman
Partner, Employment and Labor
Donald R. Brown
Partner, Litigation
Alex Castro
Associate, Employment and Labor
There is widespread agreement that vaccinations provide our greatest chance of defeating COVID-19. Numerous myths about the vaccine, however, could raise unfounded fears and …
  The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to rapid and significant changes for employers across every industry. Employers are navigating local and state orders that define …
Five months after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, employers across the country are still wrestling with the unknown consequences and risks of doing something or …
As the number of discussions on returning to the office in a post-pandemic world increases, so does the number of questions about vaccine expectations. On November 4th, OSHA …
Nine months after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, how has the litigation landscape been transformed? Join Manatt for a discussion of key trends that …
This election year, California employers are faced with challenges in implementing a slew of new regulations while managing the impacts of the 2020 state and federal election …
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has again upheld California’s Assembly Bill 5, the 2019 law that adopted the ABC test to determine whether a worker is an …
A California appellate panel reversed dismissal of a female employee’s Equal Pay Act claim, finding her evidence that a single male comparator was paid more than she was to …
An employer’s quarter-hour rounding policy did not comply with California law because the company could and did track the exact time in minutes that employees worked each …
Continuing a crackdown on noncompetes at the federal level, a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would ban noncompete agreements nationwide for nonexempt …
Manatt’s national and local practices received top rankings again this year in the 2023 Best Law Firms Guide by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.  …
Best Lawyers in America named five Manatt attorneys “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023 – Christine Reilly, Donald Meaders and George Soneff in Los Angeles; …
Manatt Employment and Labor Leader Esra Hudson and Partner Deborah Kelly were named to Lawdragon ’s 2022 Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers guide, which honors more …
Manatt has once again been recognized as one of the country’s top law firms in The Legal 500 United States 2022 guide, which highlights leading attorneys and practices …
What Artists and Brands Need to Know
Esra Hudson, Ryan Patterson and Mackenzie Pearson explain in Daily Journal how California’s SB 62 is impacting entertainment industry stakeholders in unintended and unexpected ways.
Lawdragon’s 2022 Leading Employment Lawyers
Manatt Employment and Labor Leader Esra Hudson and Partner Deborah Kelly were once again named to Lawdragon’s Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers guide.
Contact a Manatt professional to address your specific legal or business goals.
New DC Law Bans Non-Compete Agreements for Employees Making Below $150,000 Per Year
A new D.C. law that takes effect on October 1, 2022, will significantly limit the ability of employers to tie their District of Columbia-based employees to noncompetition agreements.
Seventh Circuit Signs Off on Termination After FMLA Leave
An employer with documented evidence of performance issues before an employee took leave under FMLA did not run afoul of the statute when it terminated the employee upon her return, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held.
EEOC Releases New Guidance on Caregivers
Supreme Court Considers Intersection of PAGA and Arbitration
pursuant to New York DR 2-101(f)
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