Pankit Doshi

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Pankit J. Doshi focuses his practice on preventative counseling and representing employers in both state and federal courts up through trial and appeal. The cases involve issues related to misclassification, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenants, whistleblowers, wage and hour, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation and breach of contract claims. Pankit also regularly defends employers in complex wage and hour class action and representative actions. Read Pankit Doshi's full bio.

California Employee Civil Rights Defenses Following Estrada Case

By , , and on Mar 19, 2024
Posted In Employment

On January 18, 2024, in a highly anticipated and unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of California barred striking a claim under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) on trial manageability grounds alone, instead authorizing due process defenses to PAGA claims (Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc.). The decision also commented approvingly on representative testimonies, surveys...

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Managing Your Workforce During Market Volatility: RIFs

By , and on Oct 18, 2023
Posted In Employment

Market volatility and other business disruptions can force employers to make difficult personnel decisions around reductions in force (RIFs). These may include reducing employee headcount, eliminating entire departments, hiring independent consultants or implementing hiring freezes to ease potential financial burden. During this webinar in our series exploring best practices for workforce management in volatile markets, Pankit...

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California Supreme Court Decision Places Higher Burden on Employers in Whistleblowing Retaliation Claims

By on Mar 1, 2022
Posted In Employment, Labor

On January 27, 2022, the California Supreme Court provided clarification in Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. to lower California courts reviewing whistleblower retaliation claims. In what it calls an “unsurprising” decision, the California Supreme Court concluded that the framework prescribed by California Labor Code section 1102.6, rather than the McDonnell Douglas test, must be...

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California Expands COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

By , and on Apr 1, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 95, significantly expanding California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (CSPSL). This latest legislation now requires any California employer with more than 25 employees to provide CSPSL in addition to regular paid sick leave offered. Access the article.

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Employer Considerations for Remote and In-Person Workers as the School Year Commences

By , and on Oct 15, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

With the school year underway, employers in the United States face a new challenge: childcare-related leave and accommodation requests by employees. With widespread remote learning and evolving legal obligations to provide paid leave to working parents, employers must navigate unique staffing challenges while complying with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and other state...

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What to Do When Scared Workers Do Not Respond to Work Due to COVID-19

By on Aug 4, 2020
Posted In Employment

Some essential workers are refusing to go to work out of fear of contracting COVID-19. Their employers must weigh the employees’ legal rights and understandable health concerns with the organizations’ business needs. It can be a tough balancing act. In a recent article, McDermott Partner Pankit Doshi said employers may relax documentation requirements due to...

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