Gage C. Dungy

Gage C. Dungy Partner

Gage Dungy, a partner in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Sacramento office, has over sixteen years of experience providing management-side representation and legal counsel to clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law throughout the State of California.  Gage’s clients include cities, counties, special districts, and hospitals as well as non-profit agencies and other employers.

Throughout the course of his legal career, Gage has represented and advised public agency employers on all aspects of labor and employment law issues, including matters pertaining to employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability accommodation, family/medical leaves of absence, wage and hour law, employee discipline and due process. He also regularly works with clients in the meet and confer process, labor relations and negotiations, and the preparation of employment guidelines and policies. 

In addition to providing advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law issues, Gage also serves as chief negotiator for public sector agencies in labor negotiations with their employee organizations, including both miscellaneous and safety employee units covered under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA). He has successfully negotiated Memoranda of Understanding involving police officers, sheriffs, firefighters, public safety management staff, miscellaneous employees, management and supervisory staff in addition to other bargaining units. In negotiations, Gage excels in forging strong, effective relationships both with clients and with employee organization representatives. Based on this experience, he is very familiar with the relevant laws and strategic considerations related to the representation of public sector clients at the bargaining table, including the impact of the MMBA's impasse fact-finding obligations.

In addition to serving as chief negotiator, Gage leads LCW's legislative tracking efforts on labor and employment law legislation. He works closely with the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to advise on the impacts of such legislation.

Additionally, Gage is a popular training speaker in the areas of performance management, preventing workplace harassment, the meet and confer process, and public safety employment. He has also published articles on current labor and employment law cases and trends in the Daily Journal and the California Public Employee Relations Journal.

Gage was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in the field of employment and labor law for nine straight years (2009-2018). 

A graduate of the University of California Davis Law School, Gage served on the school’s Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2006 to 2016, including as its Board President from 2013 to 2015. He was also the recipient of the University of Notre Dame Young Alumni Award in 2008.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Redding – Electrical Employees (IBEW); Maintenance Employees (IBEW)

Tehama County – Deputy Sheriffs (DSA); Miscellaneous Employees (Local 39)

City of Vacaville – Public Works Employees (Local 39); Mid-Level Managers (VMO)

Yuba County – District Attorneys (DDAA).

Carmichael Water District – Treatment and Distribution Employees (AFSCME).

City of American Canyon – General Employees (Teamsters), Mid-Managers (Teamsters)

Calaveras County Water District – General Employees (SEIU).

City of Ceres - Firefighters, Public Safety, Mid-Managers, and Supervisory Employees.

Kings County - Firefighters, Deputy Sheriffs (DSA), and Detention Employees.

Tulare County - Probation Officers, Public Works (UAW), Physicians, Criminal Investigators, and Welfare Investigators.

Kern County –Miscellaneous Employees (SEIU).

City of Visalia – Miscellaneous Employees (Carpenters Union) and Mid-Managers.

City of Mendota - Police Officers (OE-3).

City of Madera – Miscellaneous Employees (OE-3). 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

U.C. Davis School of Law Alumni Association

Sacramento County Bar Association

Notre Dame Club of Sacramento

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law (2009 - 2018)

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Sep 18, 2020

Governor Newsom Signs SB 1383 Into Law, Significantly Expanding CFRA Family and Medical Leave to Smaller Employers and Expanding Overall Uses of CFRA Leave

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (“SB”) 1383, which significantly expands the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) family and medical leave law under Government Code section 12945.2 by now applying it to all employers with 5 or more employees, adding the ability to care for a serious health condition of more family members, and eliminating other previous restrictions on the use of CFRA leave.  By doing so, this means that CFRA will now deviate further from the federal Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) that it otherwise generally ran concurrently with, and could potentially create entitlements for employees under both laws for up to 24 weeks of protected leave in a 12-month period under certain circumstances.   SB 1383 is effective January 1, 2021. 

Sep 17, 2020

Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is now effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19.  AB 685 modifies occupational safety standards to require employers to provide notice and report information related to COVID-19 exposures, and provides the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) expanded authority to enforce such requirements and ensure safe workplace operations.  AB 685 is effective January 1, 2021. 

Sep 11, 2020

Newsom Takes Aim at 'Gap' in COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

Partner Gage C. Dungy was quoted in the Law360 article, "Newsom Takes Aim at 'Gap' in COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law," discussing the recent signing of AB 1867, which gives Californians who have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 access to paid sick time for the remainder of 2020. 

Sep 10, 2020

Assembly Bill 1867 Provides Statutory Entitlement to “COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” to Public Employees Exempted from Receipt of Leave Benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

On September 9, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1867 into law. This bill adds Labor Code Section 248.1, which provides up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave (“COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave”) for “emergency responder” and “health care provider” employees exempted from the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). 

May 7, 2020

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Establishing Workers’ Compensation Presumption Regarding Contraction of COVID-19

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 establishing “presumptive eligibility” for workers’ compensation benefits to any employee who is directed to report to their place of employment and then subsequently contracts COVID-19 during the time period between March 19 and July 5, 2020. As applied to public sector agencies, this Order covers all public employees who were designated by their respective employers as “essential employees,” exempted from stay home orders, and directed to report to work since the Governor issued the stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020.  

Apr 1, 2020

New Law Expands Workplace Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers

Gage C. Dungy and Savana V. Maglona authored this article for Western City. 

Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

9 December 2020
9 December 2020
Consortium Trainings

Nuts & Bolts: Navigating Common Legal Risks for the Front Line Supervisor

San Joaquin Valley ERC Webinar
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8 December 2020
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

City of Stockton Webinar
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16 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

The Independent Contractor Compliance Review: Overlapping Issues & Legal Compliance

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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30 September 2020
Customized Trainings

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

City of Stockton Webinar
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Education

  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, University of Notre Dame

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