Ellen M. Bronchetti

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Ellen Bronchetti represents employers in employment and traditional labor disputes. Her litigation experience includes representing employers in state and federal cases involving issues in wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, whistleblower, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation and breach of contract claims, including complex class actions and representative action litigation across the United States. Read Ellen Bronchetti's full bio. 

How Can Employers Protect Workers Who Seek Abortion Care?

By , and on Aug 17, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

As US states seek to reduce abortion access in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, how can employers protect workers who seek abortion care? In this Fortune article, McDermott’s David Gacioch, Sarah Raaii and Ellen Bronchetti offer insight into what the US Supreme Court’s decision means for employee healthcare data, employee benefits...

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Telework Boom Has Employers Rethinking Hiring, Onboarding

By on Mar 2, 2022
Posted In Employment, Labor

The process of recruiting and onboarding new employees will require re-examination as remote work becomes a permeant fixture of the American workplace. In this Law360 article, McDermott Partner Ellen Bronchetti offers perspective about how companies will need to modify these policies and procedures. “My concern when you don’t have the level of engagement that you...

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California Requires Vaccines or Regular COVID-19 Testing for Certain Healthcare Workers and State Employees

By , and on Aug 4, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

On July 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new Order that impacts healthcare and state employers in California. According to McDermott’s Michelle S. Strowhiro, Ellen M. Bronchetti and Ludia Kwon, the CDPH Order requires that almost all healthcare employers verify the vaccination status of all of their workers. The Order...

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Labor and Employment Policy to Watch in 2021’s Second Half

By on Jul 20, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

As US Congressional Democrats continue their advocacy for a pro-worker agenda, multiple bills and rules could bring about sweeping changes to the civil rights and labor protections for millions of workers. These include: The Equality Act The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act The Protecting the Right to Organize Act...

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California’s “Right to Recall” Law: What You Need to Know

By and on May 13, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

On April 16, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 93 into law, a rehiring and retention law which requires employers in certain industries to make written job offers to employees who were laid off because of the impact of COVID-19. The law takes immediate effect and will remain in effect until December...

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Employment Law Update

By and on Mar 19, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

US President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) on March 11, 2021. ARPA follows from weeks of negotiations in Congress and attempts to facilitate the country’s recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in ARPA are several provisions that impact employers, including provisions on...

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AB 5 Contractor-Classification Battles Set to Heat Up in 2021

By and on Mar 4, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

Employers grappling with independent-contractor classification had a busy 2020—and should expect a flurry of additional activity this year. Few areas in employment law are changing as rapidly. Last year, many concerned about the future of contractor-classification laws paid careful attention to California and AB 5, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and codified...

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What’s Expected in Employment Law in 2021?

By , , and on Feb 3, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Privacy and Data Security

Last year ended as an unprecedented and historic year, with far-reaching effects across diversity, equity and inclusion, employment practices and workplace standards. In a recent article for International Law Office, partners from McDermott’s Employment group highlight what changes are expected in 2021 and how these may affect employers and employees. Access the article.

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Cal/OSHA Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Standards

By and on Jan 13, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 prevention in the workforce, effective as of November 30, 2020, following approval by the Office of Administrative Law. These temporary standards require most Californian employers to implement a written COVID-19 prevention program meeting certain criteria. While many employers have already followed...

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New California Law SB 1159 Creates Workers’ Compensation Presumption for Certain Eligible Employees

By and on Oct 1, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

On September 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1159 into law, which is effective immediately for all employers. Among other things, the law creates a “disputable presumption” under workers’ compensation statutes for certain employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and establishes reporting requirements on confirmed cases and number of employees. Access the article.

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