News Year: 2021

Santa Rosa psychiatric hospital agrees to $2.85 million settlement over workplace conditions

September 20th, 2021

By Martin Espinoza The owners of Sonoma County’s only psychiatric hospital, Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, have agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges a number of state labor code violations, including significant understaffing that led to unsafe working conditions for nurses and other staff. The lawsuit, which names as defendant former […]

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More law firms scrap October return plans, opting to watch and wait

September 20th, 2021

By Xiumei Dong and David Thomas (Reuters) – Law firms are going back to the drawing board on office reopenings – and more are settling for a big fat question mark, at least for now. With September nearly over and the current wave of U.S. coronavirus cases just beginning to recede, some law firms that […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp and Valerian Law Settle $2.85 Million PAGA Case for Understaffing and Unsafe Conditions at Santa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital

September 20th, 2021

SANTA ROSA, Sept. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sanford Heisler Sharp and Valerian Law attorneys who are representing a former nursing leader at a North Bay acute psychiatric hospital today announced a landmark Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) settlement following more than three years of litigation. In 2018, Valerian Law, P.C. and Sanford Heisler Sharp, […]

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Top 50 Biglaw Firm Says A Full Reopening In 2021 Is ‘Unlikely’

September 20th, 2021

By Staci Zaretsky The morning air is getting brisk and summer officially ends in two days. Another thing that’s ending is Biglaw firms’ hopes and dreams of getting associates and staff back into their offices before the new year begins. Thanks to the continued assault of the coronavirus crisis, many of the nation’s most prestigious […]

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Law Firm Life in Beta: The Pandemic Is Making Leaders Experiment More

September 15th, 2021

The return to normal expected by now did not come to be. Law firm leaders have learned now to deal with that challenge. By Andrew Maloney What You Need to Know Most firms’ expectations for what the pandemic would entail did not match up with reality. Law firms and surveys suggested the industry would be […]

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Law.com Trendspotter: Remote Work Could Shift Big Law’s Billable Hour Focus From Quantity to Quality

September 14th, 2021

Firms are beginning to realize that burning out their best and brightest is bad for business. By Zack Needles The Trend: The combination of boundary-less remote work and white-hot demand across a number of practice areas has many associates on the brink of billable-driven burnout. But there is a silver lining: some firms have taken […]

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Diminishing Returns: How Many Billable Hours Is Too Many?

September 14th, 2021

By Dylan Jackson What You Need to Know There is a point where working a lot of billable hours leads to poor outcomes, but it varies depending on the person. Burnout isn’t new, but the pandemic has created additional stressors, making this seem like a tipping point for many. Firm leaders are looking for ways […]

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Gaming Industry Nondisclosures Become Key Test of #MeToo Laws

September 14th, 2021

By Maeve Allsup and Paige Smith California bans NDAs that keep workers from discussing harassment Regulators allege gaming industry agreements interfering with probe California regulators in their investigations into sexual harassment in the video game industry are targeting companies’ use of nondisclosure agreements, raising questions about whether they are preventing alleged victims from speaking to […]

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5 Ways To Protect Your Rights When You Return To Work From An Employment Lawyer

September 13th, 2021

By Melinda Koster Whether you’re swapping out a rocking chair for an office chair or returning to an in-person setting, heading back to work after having a baby is a big transition. As an employment lawyer, I have counseled many parents about their rights in the workplace. Below are helpful tips and considerations to keep […]

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This Firm Is Reducing Its Billable Hours Requirements To Improve Work-Life Balance

September 9th, 2021

What is your firm doing to prevent attorney burnout? By Staci Zaretsky Last spring, Biglaw firms were offering their associates goodies in the name of recruitment and retention. Things up for grabs included piles of special bonus cash and additional perks like free food, up to $15K for any purchase toward rest, recreation, and relaxation, […]

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What Employers Can Require With the Approved Covid-19 Vaccine

September 9th, 2021

By Kate Mueting, Whittney Barth, and Rebecca Ojserkis Shortly after the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, many companies and law firms announced they would require returning employees to get vaccinated. Three Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP employee-side attorneys answer some commonly asked questions about the legality of—and limitations on—employer-mandated vaccinations. The Food and Drug Administration’s […]

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Sanford Heisler raises salaries while lowering hour requirements

September 8th, 2021

By Diana Jones (Reuters) – Sanford Heisler Sharp has told its attorneys that it’s reducing the minimum number of hours they need to work per year, while at the same time increasing salaries by $10,000. The firm’s attorneys will be expected to work 1,920 hours a year, or 160 hours a month, down from the […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Reduces Billable Hour Requirement, Citing Pandemic Lessons

September 8th, 2021

“People can be, and often are, a lot more efficient than they were before [the pandemic],” said firm chairman and co-founder David Sanford. By Dylan Jackson What You Need to Know Plaintiffs firm Sanford Heisler Sharp is reducing its minimum billable hour requirement. Firm chairman David Sanford said the change recognizes the efficiency of remote […]

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Litigation Firm Sanford Heisler Cuts Lawyer Billable Hours

September 8th, 2021

By Meghan Tribe Sanford Heisler Sharp is reducing yearly minimum billable requirements Move comes as many Big Law firms find themselves busier than ever Litigation boutique Sanford Heisler Sharp is reducing its annual billable hourly requirements for the firm’s roughly 100 attorneys. Chairman David Sanford announced in an email to attorneys on Sunday that the […]

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Sanford Heisler Reduces Billable Hour Requirements

September 8th, 2021

By Anna Sanders Litigation boutique Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP is reducing billable hour requirements so that attorneys have more personal time, the firm told employees this week. Chairman David Sanford announced that the firm is reducing its yearly minimum of 2,160 hours to 1,920 effective immediately, according to an email he sent to staff Sunday. […]

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