Saniya Ahmed

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Saniya Ahmed focuses her practice on employment litigation. Saniya counsels employers on labor and employment issues including: human resources issues, wage and hour law, labor relations, employment agreements, reduction in force, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), employment-related arbitration and litigation and employment-related policies. Read Saniya Ahmed'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 Governor Signs Landmark Legislation That Gives Bargaining Power to Nonunionized Fast-Food Workers

By , and on Sep 13, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Labor

On September 5, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed landmark legislation aimed at further regulating the working conditions and wages of California’s fast- food workers. This bill has immediate impact on certain employers and franchisors doing business in the Golden State. Assembly Bill (AB) 257, also known as the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery...

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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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California AB 685 Requires Employers to Provide Notice of COVID-19 Exposure in the Workplace

By and on Sep 30, 2020
Posted In Employment, Labor

California’s AB 685, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last week, does two things: (1) it creates an enforceable statewide standard for how employers handle potential exposure to COVID-19 and outbreaks of COVID-19 in the workplace; and (2) it expands the power of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to enforce this standard and...

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COVID-19 Safety Plans: What Employers Need to Know

By , and on Sep 15, 2020
Posted In Employment

COVID-19 safety plans are a way for employers to demonstrate to their employees, the public and, in certain cases, state governments that they have considered the risks associated with COVID-19 in their workplaces and have developed a response to these concerns. The plans establish and explain the policies, practices and conditions necessary to meet the...

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