Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. March 2017, Volume 31 No. 2

Message from the Chair

By Bryan Schwartz

Bryan Schwartz is Chair of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section. His firm is Bryan Schwartz Law ( in Oakland, representing workers in wage-and-hour, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and other types of individual, class, and multi-plaintiff actions in federal and state courts and a variety of administrative fora. He serves also on the boards of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and FAIR (, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the employment bar.

Vital Signs of the Rule of Law in California’s Workplaces

Home late again from an out-of-town deposition, I lie very silently next to my three-year-old son and smile to hear him breathing. Cracking open the door of my daughter’s bedroom, I feel relieved to see her shift slightly while sleeping. I head to bed and listen for my loving partner’s heartbeat.

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