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Jamie R. Rich

Jamie R. Rich represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law before state and federal agencies and in courts across the country. Jamie focuses much of her practice on traditional labor law, representing management in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. She helps clients navigate representation proceedings and union organizing drives. Jamie also maintains an active employment litigation practice, defending clients against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation lawsuits. She also regularly handles administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies.

Jamie maintains a strong counseling practice and she enjoys advising clients on day-to-day employment matters. She routinely consults with human resources professionals, executives, and board members regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing practices, employment contracts, enforceability of covenants not to compete, and reductions in force. She often advises foreign and out-of-state companies with a California presence on unique California-related employment issues.

Concentrations

  • Traditional labor law
  • Labor and employment litigation
  • Employment law advice, counseling, and training

Competenze

Esperienze Professionali - Attività Accademiche

  • First chaired representation proceeding for cruise and event client before Region 21 of the NLRB. Advised regarding union organizing, campaign strategy, and election that resulted in a Certification of Results.
  • Second chaired representation proceeding for energy client before Region 20 of the NLRB, contending that a system-wide bargaining unit was the only appropriate unit given unique factors present in the energy industry. Obtained ruling resulting in union’s withdrawal of petition for election.
  • Represented an energy client in a test-of-certification case and multiple unfair labor practice charges before Region 20 of the NLRB. After briefing before the D.C. Circuit, the union disclaimed interest in the bargaining unit and the Board granted a petition to revoke the certification of the union as the employees’ representative.
  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of multiple clients in the health care, energy, and customer service industries. Advised clients on contentious disputes regarding medical plans, policy changes, sick leave issues, PAGA issues, and joint employer issues.
  • Represented multiple clients in Project Labor Agreement negotiations with state and local California Building Trades for hotel, residential real estate, battery, and solar projects.
  • Defended construction industry client in unfair labor practice charge before Region 29 of NLRB, alleging regressive bargaining after an economic strike; obtained Union withdrawal of the charge.
  • First chaired heavily-contested labor arbitration and defended two related EEOC charges of racial discrimination and harassment against acute care hospital client. Prevailed in arbitration proceeding and obtained dismissal with prejudice of both EEOC charges.
  • Defended wine and spirits client in a single-plaintiff sex discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit involving “Me Too” evidence.
  • First chaired a contract interpretation arbitration involving a gaming client’s promotional bid process. Successfully defended claims and obtained arbitrator ruling that management’s hiring and promotional practices did not result in age discrimination. 
  • Defended client in complex prevailing wage matter before the California Labor Commissioner involving claims that laborers and others performed electrician work outside of classification.
  • Represented hotel owner and hotel management clients in a California wage and hour class action. Defended allegations of failure to comply with living wage ordinance, unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, off-the-clock work, and unreimbursed expenses.°
  • Advised numerous clients entering the California market by presenting CA employment law “Crash Course,” assisting with hiring process and documentation, and providing day-to-day advice and counsel. Advised several clients regarding transition of California workforce from independent contractors to employees.
  • Provided anti-harassment training for supervisors. Presented training program to teach managers to properly investigate employee complaints. Assisted clients with workplace investigations by conducting investigations and overseeing independent investigators when needed.
  • Assisted with labor and employment diligence for a number of corporate deals in the health care, hospitality, real estate, energy, transportation, and insurance industries. Advised clients about obligations associated with purchase or sale of companies with a unionized workforce.

° The above representations were handled by Ms. Rich prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, "Labor and Employment - Labor-Management Relations," 2020
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Member, Committee on the Development of the Law Under the NLRA
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, Marin County Women Lawyers
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association

Formazione

Formazione
  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2007
  • Diploma di maturità, University of Southern California, 2004
Abilitazioni
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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