Biography

Rebecca Stephens 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.

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; Co-Chair, Outreach to Law Students Committee
  • Board Member, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of San Francisco
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mission Graduates

Firm Highlights

Publication

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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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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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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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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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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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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