Peter Rukin to Speak at CLE Event “Getting to Yes and Beyond: Best Practices In Settling Employment Claims”

On Thursday, June 22nd Peter Rukin will join John Kloosterman (Littler Mendleson LLP) to discuss the practical aspects of settling employment claims, from the initial demand letter to the final settlement. They will share their thoughts on the best and worst practices in: drafting and responding to demands, engaging in discussions between counsel, informal settlement resolution, and mediation. The program will run from 12:00pm-1:15pm at the BASF Conference Center. Please visit the BASF website for more information.

John Hyland to Present CEB Seminar: “The Fundamentals of PAGA Claims”

Join John Hyland on Thursday, July 13, from noon to 1:30 for a guided seminar on the fundamentals of the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), hosted by CEB.

Description: With the ever-increasing popularity of arbitration provisions in employment contracts, the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) has emerged as a critical tool allowing employees to enforce their rights under the Labor Code in state court. PAGA authorizes “aggrieved employees” to bring representative civil actions against employers on behalf of themselves and other aggrieved employees for Labor Code violations, and recent cases have affirmed that PAGA claims are not subject to arbitration. Join John Hyland for a guided tour through the fundamentals of PAGA claims.


  • What PAGA does and does not cover
  • How PAGA claims differ from traditional class actions
  • Who is an “aggrieved employee”
  • Prerequisites to filing suit
  • Litigating a PAGA claim
  • Defending against PAGA claims
  • Remedies

Visit the CEB website for more information on how to sign up for this event.

Jessica Riggin to Speak at the 13th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar

Jessica Riggin will speak at the 13th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar hosted by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) on Friday May 12th from 3:30 pm-4:45 pm. She will be joining co-panelists Leonard Sansanowicz (Feldman Browne Olivares) and Kevin Barnes (Law Offices of Kevin T. Barnes) in a discussion about best practices throughout the life of a wage and hour case titled “Discovery Truths: Alternative Fact-Checking and Other Winning Strategies”. It is the closing event for a full-day of programming on wage and hour law, featuring discussions centered on recent case law and legislative developments surrounding wage and hour litigation, and how we can expect the Department of Labor to evolve under the Trump administration. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the CELA website.

Join Peter Rukin as he speaks at the ACBA’s Event: Getting to Yes and Beyond-Best Practices in Settling Employment Claims

Peter Rukin will speak on a panel event entitled “Getting to Yes and Beyond: Best Practices in Settling Employment Claims”, sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association on March 29th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. He will discuss the practical aspects of settling employment claims and best practices throughout the life of a case. He will be joined by co-panelist John Kloosterman of Littler Mendelson LLP. Following the panel discussion, there will be a roundtable discussion about settlement and negotiation strategies.  The event takes place in Oakland at the ACBA and 1.5 MCLE credit hours are available. To register for the event, please visit their website.

Valerie Brender to Speak at NELA Event: “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities”

Valerie Brender will speak on a panel presented by the National Employment Lawyers Association entitled “The Nuts & Bolts Of A Wage & Hour Case From Intake To Resolution” with co-panelist Lesley M. Tse, on March 31, 2017 from 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The panel will discuss the challenges of case preparation and execution. Topics include how to locate and ethically communicate with potential opt-in plaintiffs, plead an FLSA claim to avoid issues under Iqbal/Twombly, dealing with Rule 68 offers of judgment and other strategies used by defendants to eliminate collective claims, preparing your clients for depositions, and communicating effectively with class members in order to present your liability and damages claims effectively.  The two day event will take place at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel in Maryland on March 31st and April 1st. To read about other panels and to register for the event, visit their website.

Join Peter Rukin at the BASF’s Yosemite Conference

On January 27, 2017, Peter will moderate a discussion entitled Vanquishing the Wage Gap: Will the California Fair Pay Act Usher in a New Era of Pay Equity? as part of The Labor and Employment Law Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Yosemite Conference.  The panel includes Lori Andrus of Andrus Anderson, Mariko Yoshihara, Legislative Director of the CELA, and Jeanna Steele of Sunrun Inc. Topics include the policies and politics that drove the legislation; the law’s requirements; litigation strategies for employees and employers; and additional changes on the horizon, including expansion of coverage. The conference spans two days and includes five other panels. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

John Hyland to Give a Presentation on Documenting the Employment Relationship for the Marin Employer Advisory Council

John will be presenting on July 19, 2017 in San Rafael, California for the Marin Employer Advisory Council on Documenting the Employment Relationship. For more information, please visit their website.

John Hyland to Present at the 18th Annual Institute on Privacy & Data Security Law

Join John and the Practicing Law Institute on May 8, 2017 in San Francsico, where he will speak on the topic of Balancing Employee Privacy and Sound Company Management. For more information and to register, visit their website.

John Hyland to Present at the CEB’S presentation of “Employment Law Practice: 2016 Year in Review”

On January 27, 2017, John will speak as part of a 3-person panel presented by the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). He will be discussing the most significant legal developments in the employment law arena in 2016. The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Union Square. To attend this event, please register here.

Peter Rukin to Present on Class Arbitration

On November 19, 2016, Peter will discuss the future of class employment arbitration following the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Morris v. Ernst & Young.  The CLE is sponsored by the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Valerie Brender to Present on “Who is an Employer in the Gig Economy?”

Valerie Brender will speak on a panel presented by the Barristers Club and Labor & Employment Section of the Barristers Club entitled, “Who is an Employer in the Gig Economy?: An analysis of the modern workplace and related developments in employment law.” Valerie and her co-panelist, Marie Jonas from Folger Levin, will discuss the following topics: (1) When is a worker/service provider an employee or independent contractor?; (2) When is a company a joint employer?; (3) Best practices for businesses thinking about using independent contractors; and (4) Key questions for workers who think they have been misclassified.  The CLE will take place on September 20, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Jessica Riggin to Present on Fair Pay Act CLE on September 14, 2016

Jessica Riggin will be speaking as part of panel, along with Davina Amiri (moderator, Davina Amiri Law), Babak Yousefzadeh (Sheppard Mullin), and Dena Harandi (Carothers DiSante and Freudenberger LLP), entitled “Closing the Gender Wage Gap? What You Should Know About California’s Fair Pay Act” on September 14, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The CLE, cosponsored by the Iranian American Bar Association Northern California Chapter and Queens Bench, will take place at Sheppard Mullin, 4 Embarcadero Center # 1700, San Francisco, CA.  The panelists will cover the nuts and bolts of California’s recent Fair Pay Act. You will hear from employment lawyers on both sides of the bar in order to understand the history and purpose behind the strictest pay equity law in the nation; discuss Fair Pay Act requirements for employers; and analyze litigation issues to expect, from both the defense and plaintiff perspective.  If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Rukin Hyland Class Action Case Featured in the New York Times

The New York Times reported on a lawsuit we have been prosecuting against SCI (the largest funeral home company in America) and the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office on behalf of drivers who transport the deceased, including homicide victims, auto accident fatalities, and the Silicon Valley elite. Our clients contend that they and other drivers had to perform their jobs without receiving basic protections owed employees (such as minimum wage, overtime, and workers’ compensation), and were required to bear the expenses associated with performing the removals on behalf of the County and SCI. We feel privileged to represent them in this fight. See the article here.

Rukin Hyland Attorneys Selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer Lists

Rukin Hyland is proud to announce that five of its attorneys were selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer lists. Peter Rukin, John Hyland, and Stephanie Doria Wiley were selected for the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Jessica Riggin was selected for the 2016 Northern California Rising Stars list.  In additional, Stephanie and Jessica were named to the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California list by Super Lawyers, which is published in the December issue of San Francisco Magazine, and was compiled from both the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars designees.

Peter has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2008; John has been named a Super Lawyer every year from 2006 – 2012 and 2014 – 2016; and Stephanie has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2008.8.

Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process based on independent research, peer evaluation by practice area, and a good standing and disciplinary check. Only 5 percent of lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers each year, and only 2.5% of attorneys in the state are selected to the Rising Stars list each year.

Treatise Co-Authored by John Hyland Awarded Best Publication in 2015 by ACLEA

The Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) publication Employee Leave Laws: Compliance and Litigation, co-authored by John F. Hyland, has been awarded the 2015 Award of Professional Excellence in the Publications category by ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

The ACLEA Best Awards are awarded annually in recognition of the contributions of its professional member organizations. You may learn more about the ACLEA on its website.

You may purchase a copy of the Employee Leave Laws: Compliance and Litigation on the CEB website.

John Hyland to Speak on The Employment Relationship: Knowing What, How, and When to Document

From start to finish, the employment relationship can generate a substantial number of documents. Whether complying with a law that requires specific documentation, recording certain information a business needs to effectively operate, or adhering to best practices that can prevent problems and reduce risks, documenting the employment relationship has grown increasingly challenging in a world of increased legislation and litigation. Getting it wrong can prove costly. John Hyland will present an overview of the required and recommended employment documents for all stages of the employment relationship, and practical tips for effective record creation and management.  The program, presented by the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council in partnership with the Employment Development Department, will take place on Wednesday June 15, 2016, at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at the Foxtail Golf Club, 100 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Jessica Riggin to Speak on Know Your Rights Panel: Women in the Workplace

Spend International Women’s Day with a plaintiffs’ attorney, management attorney, and in-house employment law attorney who will discuss the latest hot topics in employment law that primarily affect women in the workplace. Topics include; the new California Fair Pay Act, which strengthens the state’s existing equal pay laws, sexual harassment, and issues surrounding pregnancy discrimination and pregnancy leave.  

Employees will learn more about their rights in the workplace, while employers and HR professionals will gain a better understanding of how to comply with some of their primary responsibilities under California employment laws.  Attendees will also gain valuable networking opportunities before and after the Know Your Rights panel over appetizers and drinks.  

The event will occur on March 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Vault SF – 415 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111.