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Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. May 2017, Volume 31 No. 3

Message From the Chair

By Bryan Schwartz

Bryan Schwartz is the Chair of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He also serves on the boards of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR). His Oakland-based firm (www.BryanSchwartzLaw. com) represents employees in individual, class, and multi-plaintiff actions prosecuting discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, and other workers’ rights claims in federal and state court and a variety of administrative venues.

DOING OUR JOBS FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS

According to the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, about 27% of California’s population is foreign-born—more than 10 million people—and 80% are working-age adults. In total, a third of California workers are immigrants, and nearly half of California’s kids have at least one immigrant parent. Undocumented immigrants are 10% of California’s workforce, according to our State’s Controller, Betty Yee—with an impact of more than $180 billion a year in our state’s economy.

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