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Gaby M. Mercurio is an Associate in Vedder Price’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment group.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, Ms. Mercurio reviewed contracts with third-party vendors, drafted position statements and assisted with corporate investigations. In addition, she researched legal issues concerning the formation and operation of non profit organizations. Finally, she partnered with a general counsel to craft communication notices for employees involving changes in employment status, benefits and department operations.

On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) rejected an employer-friendly standard in favor of a modified and significantly less employer-friendly standard when evaluating whether a workplace rule violates the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  Stericycle, 372 NLRB No. 113 (2023).  In recent years, the Board’s opinion of what constitutes interference, restraint or coercion under the NLRA has changed depending on who is in the White House or on the Board.  This new ruling confirms the Board’s intention to increase scrutiny of employer’s workplace rules and policies.Continue Reading NLRB to Start Scrutinizing Employer Policies More Closely

On May 10, 2023, the Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 23-105 (the “Amendment”), which amends Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act to clarify certain existing employer obligations and add new obligations.  Governor Jared Polis is expected to sign the Amendment into law, which will take effect on January 1, 2024.Continue Reading Colorado Bill Amends Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

With the passage of AB 1949, California joins a short but growing list of states that now mandate bereavement leave.  AB 1949 amends the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), and starting January 1, 2023, employers will be required to provide eligible employees up to five days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a family member.  “Family member” includes a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, parent-in-law or domestic partner.Continue Reading California Mandates Five Days of Unpaid Bereavement Leave