Biography

Rebecca Stephens counsels clients on developing and implementing sound employment policies, conducting workplace investigations, and administering separations from employment. She also represents employers in a wide range of matters in both federal and state courts, including wage and hour disputes and wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination cases.

Rebecca’s clients range from small businesses to global corporations. She advises employers on day-to-day employment matters, including challenging issues relating to accommodations and leaves of absence. She also advises clients on practices and policies related to termination, including negotiating severance and separation agreements. Rebecca takes a practical, solutions-focused approach and understands the importance of tailoring her advice to each employer’s needs, goals, and culture.

In her litigation practice, Rebecca has experience with class and representative actions and single-plaintiff cases in federal and state courts and before arbitrators. She also represents clients before administrative agencies including the DLSE, the EEOC, and the DFEH.

Rebecca served as a law clerk and attorney-advisor to the Honorable Jennifer Gee of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, Barristers Labor & Employment Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association; Planning Committee Member, National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment
  • Board Member, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of San Francisco
  • Co-Chair, Impact Committee, Mission Graduates

Firm Highlights

Publication

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Key Legal Updates for Employers

With the spread of COVID-19 and the rapidly evolving federal, state, and local government response, it can be difficult for employers to keep up with their rights and obligations. This week, California’s Governor Gavin...

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Reopening Businesses Must Consider Employee and Consumer Privacy

While we’re far from returning to the “normal” that predated the COVID-19 pandemic, states have begun to relax lockdown requirements and some previously “nonessential” businesses are returning to operations. Along with these openings, governmental...

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Employment Laws: Understanding Your Rights and Obligations as a Cannabis Employer

Farella's Cannabis Industry Education Series features Rebecca Stephens discussing "Employment Laws: Understanding Your Rights and Obligations as a Cannabis Employer." Cannabis businesses are subject to both state and federal employment laws and regulations. The past few...

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Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office

Click here  for the audio recording of the webinar "Weed at Work: Understanding Legalized Marijuana in the Office."

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Coronavirus: Can tech allay the dangers of the Bay Area office of the future?

Rebecca Stephens spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about legal considerations that could potentially hinder a return to physical work as much as technological ones. Link to the article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Coronavirus-Can-tech-allay-the-dangers-of-the-15246378.php

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Coronavirus and the Workplace: Guidance for Employers Resuming Operations

As states and localities begin to relax shelter-in-place requirements and allow businesses to reopen, the coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges for employers. In addition to operational and logistical questions surrounding reopening, employers must navigate...

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Unlimited Vacation Policies Present Potential Pitfalls for California Employers

As unlimited vacation policies increase in popularity, California employers must be careful to avoid legal pitfalls in drafting and implementation. In the first California appellate decision to address unlimited vacation policies, the court held that...

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Employment Law Updates for Nonprofits in the New Normal

Farella's Nonprofit Education Series features Rebecca Stephens and Jaya Bajaj discussing "Employment Law Updates for Nonprofits in the New Normal." Nonprofit organizations are subject to both state and federal employment laws and regulations. The...

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Is your company covered by California's new privacy law?

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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