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  • The Equal Pay Act, Pay Differentials, and Gender

    Employers can assert as an affirmative defense to a claim under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) that a pay differential is “based on any other factor other than sex.” In Rizo v. Yovino (9th Circuit, April 27, 2017), the employer-county presented evidence that it legitimately based its pay structure on a factor other than gender, arguing that its use of an employee’s most recent prior salary was such a factor.  The Ninth Circuit found its earlier EPA case, Kouba v. Allstate Ins. Co., 69...

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  • LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY TYLER PAETKAU JOINS PROCOPIO AS PARTNER

    May 15, 2017 (San Diego) – Veteran Silicon Valley attorney Tyler Paetkau has joined Procopio as a partner, working in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. He will work primarily out of Procopio’s Silicon Valley office. “Tyler is a great addition to our growing Labor & Employment team,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner. “He’s a seasoned litigation veteran as well as an accomplished employment counselor, and his extensive experience in Silicon Va...

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  • TODD NEAL ELECTED TO MERITAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    April 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Procopio Partner Todd Neal was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for Meritas, a Chambers Elite Law Firm Global Network, at Meritas’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  Meritas is a global alliance of independent business law firms, of which Procopio is a member. “As the leader of Procopio’s Litigation Team, Todd Neal is uniquely qualified to work alongside accomplished attorneys from around the world in advancing Meri...

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  • GAMING AND REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY KERRY PATTERSON JOINS PROCOPIO AS PARTNER

    March 23, 2017 (San Diego) – Accomplished tribal attorney Kerry Patterson has joined Procopio as a partner, working in the firm’s Native American Law practice group  and on its Real Estate and Environmental team. “We are excited to welcome Kerry as our newest partner,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner. “The combination of Kerry’s expertise in gaming and real estate transactions and her strong relationships with tribal leaders will be instrumental in assistin...

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  • FORMER SAN DIEGO CITY ATTORNEY JAN GOLDSMITH JOINS PROCOPIO

    March 16, 2017 (San Diego) – The latest addition to Procopio’s thriving practice is Jan Goldsmith, who for the last eight years served as San Diego City Attorney after a distinguished career as a practicing attorney, civil servant, and judge. He has joined Procopio as Of Counsel in its Litigation Team. “We are extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished attorney and public servant to our highly successful Litigation team,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner. “J...

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  • The Future Of Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements: Should Employers Be Worried?

    In January 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted review of the Morris et al. v. Ernst & Young, LLP  case which held that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements for employees.  As a result, employers with litigation pending in federal court now have an uphill battle when it comes to enforcing class and collective action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements.  Worried employers will have t...

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  • CHARTER SCHOOLS AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

    Reports of increased U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) enforcement activity have caused concerns in communities across California and the nation.  The following practical guidance may help charter schools support their students and families with regard to such activities, particularly as they may affect school sites and operations. Hold an informational “town hall” event. The school may host meetings at the school to provide information related to sch...

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  • Procopio welcomes Mark Budwig as Partner on the Construction Team

    March 6, 2017 (San Diego) _Procopio is pleased to announce that Mark Budwig has joined the firm as a partner with the Construction team, based in the Del Mar Heights San Diego office.  “We warmly welcome Mark to the firm and could not be more thrilled to have him join our expanding Construction team,” said Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner.  “Mark’s expertise as an engineer and lawyer allow him to seamlessly connect the worlds of law, engineering and construction...

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  • USD School of Business and Procopio announce 2nd annual International Business Summit

    March 2, 2017 (San Diego) _ The University of San Diego School of Business-Procopio International Business Summit (USD-PIBS) will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in San Diego, California. Presented by the University of SanDiego School of Business in partnership with Procopio, USD-PIBS is the premier educational and networking event for Latin American executives, investors and advisors interested in learning how to do business in the Unit...

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