Jolina A. Abrena

Jolina A. Abrena Associate

Jolina Abrena, an Associate in the Los Angeles office, represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law. An experienced litigator, Jolina has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including trials and appeals. Jolina was second chair in the underlying case of Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 836, and has presented oral argument before the California Courts of Appeal. Jolina also represents clients at administrative hearings, and advises clients about compliance with employment discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, regulatory requirements and labor agreements. She has conducted thorough investigations, and provided harassment trainings. 

Jolina received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. She is also a licensed Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, having attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

APPELLATE

Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) - The California Court of Appeal held that removing a deputy sheriff from his special assignment as a pilot "without a concomitant loss of rank or pay" is not a punitive action which entitles the deputy sheriff to an administrative appeal under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Los Angeles County Bar Association (2000 - Current)

Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2010 - Current)

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (2011 - Current)

National Employment Council (2013 - Current)

Professionals in Human Resources Association (2013 - Current)

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (2013 - Current)

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, (2015-2017)

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

Aug 15, 2017

New FLSA Decision Sheds Light On Employee “Off-The-Clock” Claims

Over the past decade, employers have been daunted with increased litigation, including overtime cases filed under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Indeed, in the 2016 Fiscal Year, the Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) of the U.S. Department of Labor determined that there were violations in 10,884 FLSA overtime cases (84% of cases) with $171,917,225 in back wages owed.  This is an increase from the 2015 Fiscal Year where the WHD determined there were violations in 10,496 FLSA overtime cases (78% of cases) and $137,701,703 in back wages owed.

Sep 14, 2016

The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here! – Everything California Public Education Employers Need To Know

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") recently issued new regulations modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to FLSA overtime requirements.  These regulations become effective December 1, 2016. 

May 20, 2016

The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here! – Everything California Public Education Employers Need To Know

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued new regulations ...

May 18, 2016

The Anticipation And Wait Is Over – The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here!

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new regulations modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to FLSA overtime requirements.  These regulations become effective December 1, 2016.  It is critical for employers to become familiar with these new regulations, among other reasons because misclassification of employees as being exempt from FLSA overtime requirements is a costly mistake.

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

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