Biography

Rebecca Stephens is co-leader of the Consumer Products Initiative. She counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters, including developing and implementing sound employment policies, conducting workplace investigations, overseeing accommodations and leaves of absence, and administering separations from employment. With clients ranging from small businesses to global corporations, Rebecca takes a practical, solutions-focused approach and understands the importance of tailoring her advice to each employer’s needs, goals, and culture.

Rebecca also represents employers in single-plaintiff and class and representative action litigation matters in federal and state courts, including wage and hour disputes and wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination cases. She also routinely represents clients before administrative agencies including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment since (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Litigation–Labor and Employment (2023)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Barristers Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco (2022-present)
  • Member, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 2021 Leadership Development Program
  • Member, 2021 Class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders
  • Chair, Barristers Labor & Employment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2020-2021)
  • Executive Committee Member, Barristers Labor & Employment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2017-present)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association; Planning Committee Member, National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment (2020-2021); Co-Chair, Outreach to New and Young Lawyers Committee (2021-present); Litigation/Class Action Track Co-Chair, Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference (2021-present)
  • Board Member, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of San Francisco (2018-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mission Graduates (2020-present)

Firm Highlights

Publication

California’s AB2188 Now Prohibits Employee Discipline for Off-Duty Marijuana Use

A new law in California will significantly change the way employers can address employees’ marijuana use. While prior law made clear that employers could terminate employees for off-duty marijuana use, a new bill prevents...

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Farella Represents Mission Clean Energy in Financing Deal

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised utility scale renewable energy developer Mission Clean Energy, LLC in connection with private equity firm Wafra Inc.’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Mission Clean...

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50 Farella Lawyers in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™; 4 Lawyer of the Year Awards

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Employee Data under the CCPA: Expiration of Employer Exemptions Requires Compliance as of January 1, 2023

Since the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) was passed in 2018, employers have been watching carefully to see how the law will apply to data collected and maintained about their employees. Up until now, ...

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Preparing Your Cannabis Business for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022

Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens discuss "Preparing Your Cannabis Business for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022" at our Cannabis Industry Education Series. Each year in California, the new year brings new employment laws for businesses to...

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New Laws and Compliance Updates for California Employers in 2023

California has passed several new or amended employment laws covering topics ranging from off-duty marijuana use, reproductive rights, California Family Rights Act, COVID-19, criminal law and the workplace, new avenues of enforcement against employers...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2023 New Partner Class

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Preparing Your Organization for California's New Employment Laws in 2022

Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens discuss "Preparing Your Organization for California’s New Employment Laws in 2022." Each year in California, the new year brings new employment laws for businesses to follow. This is a...

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Preparing Your Wine Business for California's New 2022 Employment Laws

Farella employment lawyers Chandra Andrade and Rebecca Stephens discuss California's new employment laws affecting wine businesses, what to look for, and what to do next, including: Template employment document updates in light of amendments to...

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Under FTC’s New Proposed Rule, Employers Will No Longer Be Able to Rely on Noncompete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts. Noncompete agreements prevent employees and independent contractors from pursuing certain forms of employment &ndash...

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