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Lara Grines focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, representing clients in a wide range of cases involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate disability, failure to engage in interactive process, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour issues.

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Labor Commissioner’s Office launched a program creating opportunities for local prosecutors to obtain funding for wage theft prosecutions. The program, called the Workers’ Rights Enforcement Grant, will provide eligible prosecutors with two annual grant awards of $8,550,000 each, for a total of $18 million. The first grant cycle is 2024 – 2025, and the second is 2025 – 2026.Continue Reading California Launches $18 Million Program Intended for Wage Theft Investigation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, California and several local jurisdictions implemented COVID-19 sick leave laws. Many of these laws are now expiring. California’s state COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave expired on December 31, 2022 and Governor Newsom announced that the COVID-19 state of emergency will end on February 28, 2023.Continue Reading City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Is Ending

On January 15, 2022, the New York City Council (the Council) enacted a law requiring employers in the city with four or more employees to disclose the expected salary range on internal and external job listings beginning on May 15, 2022.Continue Reading Show Me the Money: New York City’s Pay Transparency Law Delayed Until November 1, 2022

On June 3, 2021, California’s Occupational Safety & Healthy Standards Board approved significant revisions to the initial COVID-19-related Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) originally implemented on November 19, 2020 (see Perkins Coie’s previous blog post here). The amended regulations can be found here and will likely become effective on June 15, 2021, pending review by