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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.

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.

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