Lisa S. Charbonneau

Lisa S. Charbonneau Associate

Lisa represents cities, counties, and special districts throughout the state as a negotiator, litigator, and trusted advisor in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law.  She has extensive experience in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage and hour compliance, the Public Safety Officers' and Firefighters' Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, disciplinary matters, and labor relations.  She also works with the firm's school clients on wage and hour matters.

Lisa has secured successful results, including dismissal or summary judgment, for clients in litigation matters ranging from FLSA collective actions to disability discrimination to First Amendment retaliation to independent contractor misclassification.  She has also successfully represented clients before the California Labor Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

A significant part of Lisa's advice and counsel work involves counseling clients on FLSA issues, conducting FLSA audits for clients, reviewing employer compliance with wage and hour laws, and assisting with payroll system upgrades and modifications to achieve compliance with wage and hour laws.  Her practice also includes training on such subjects as FLSA compliance, discrimination and harassment, ethics, risk management, and supervisory skills.

She has served as chief negotiator for small and large public agencies in labor negotiations with law enforcement associations, the Teamsters, SEIU 2015 Long Term Care Workers, and various employee associations. Lisa takes a hands-on approach to bargaining and strives to be highly responsive to the unique needs of each client and their governing body.  

Lisa received her JD from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2006 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December of that year. While at Hastings, Lisa served as an Equal Justice America fellow and received a grant to work on community economic development issues for the City of Detroit. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Government from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and soon after that worked at a political magazine, The American Prospect, until she began to pursue her law degree.

Recognitions

Lisa is a recipient of the Community Partner Award for Pro Bono Work from the Transgender Law Center.  She was also selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012-2017.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

LITIGATION

Burris v. City of Petaluma (2019) – U.S. District Court, Northern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving firefighter overtime.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Valentine et al. v. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (2019) – U.S. District Court, Eastern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving more than five hundred firefighters.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Spiller v. City of Petaluma (2018) – U.S. District Court, Northern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving police department employees.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Baskin et al. v. City of San Luis Obispo (2018) – U.S. District Court, Central District.  Multi-plaintiff Fair Labor Standards Act case.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Hoffman v. County of Butte (2017) – U.S. District Court, Eastern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action brought by sheriff’s department employees.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Stewart v. County of Amador (2017) – U.S. District Court, Eastern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Alviso et al. v. City of San Rafael (2017) – U.S. District Court, Northern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Anderson et al. v. Marinwood Community Services District (2017) – U.S. District Court, Northern District.  Multi-plaintiff Fair Labor Standards Act case.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Drobish et al. v. City of Citrus Heights (2017) – U.S. District Court, Eastern District.  Fair Labor Standards Act collective action.  Court approved settlement and case dismissed with prejudice.

Maner v. County of Stanislaus, Birgit Fladager (2016) – U.S. District Court, Eastern District.  Represented County and District Attorney.  Secured complete summary judgment for County and District Attorney in first amendment retaliation claim brought by a former deputy district attorney. 

James et. al. v. City of Santa Clara (2016) – Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Represented City and secured complete summary judgment for City in age discrimination claim brought by three plaintiffs. 

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Los Altos – Chief Negotiator (2019-2020) - Safety and Non-Safety Groups.

County of Mendocino – Chief Negotiator (2019) - Safety and Non-Safety Groups, IHSS Group.

Marin Housing Authority – Chief Negotiator (2020) - SEIU 1021 Unit.

Monterey County Regional Fire District – Chief Negotiator (2020) - Safety and Non-Safety Groups.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 11, 2021

The US Department of Labor Sets Forth New Guidance Regarding the Classification of Independent Contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 7, 2021, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule establishing new guidance on classifying individuals as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The new guidance is set forth in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations at Part 795.100 et seq. and is available online here.  The effective date of the final rule is March 8, 2021. 

Nov 16, 2020 Press Release

LCW to Present Nine Workshops at the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Virtual Conference

We are pleased to present and sponsor the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Conference taking place virtually this week (November 16 – 20)!  Don’t miss our nine scheduled conference presentations by our expert speakers.  Topics include negotiating in difficult times, telecommuting issues, public safety disability accommodations, and much, much more. 

Nov 19, 2019

DOL Proposes New Rule to Broaden Application of Fluctuating Workweek Method of Calculating Overtime

There are two ways an FLSA covered employer may pay a nonexempt employee a fixed salary: the employer may pay a salary for a specific number of hours each week or the employer may pay a salary for whatever number of hours are worked in the week.  Payment of a fixed salary for fluctuating hours of work – referred to as a Fluctuating Workweek – is permitted by existing Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines at 29 CFR section 778.114, subject to certain conditions, including a mutual understanding of the parties regarding the compensation arrangement.

Sep 13, 2019

DOL May Update Overtime Rate Regulations for First Time in 50 Years

Peter Brown and Lisa Charbonneau authored an article for the Daily Journal that discusses the proposed new rules on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s regular rate of pay requirements by the Department of Labor (DOL). If and when the final rules are issued, this revision would be the first substantive change to the DOL’s regular rate guidelines in 50 years.

Jul 23, 2019

PERB Holds that Its Jurisdiction Includes Claims Brought By Employee Organizations that Represent Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs

On July 15, 2019, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued a decision in the case,  Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs v. County of Orange, PERB Decision No. 2657-M.  At issue in the case was whether PERB has jurisdiction to hear claims brought by employee organizations that represent peace officers as that term is defined in Penal Code 830.1, and whether the County was obligated to bargain changes to an ordinance creating an Office of Independent Review (OIR) that advised the Sheriff-Coroner on certain in-custody incidents and complaints against law enforcement personnel.  

May 28, 2019

A 3.8 Million Dollar Jury Verdict Is A Good Reminder That The FLSA Guarantees Break Time For Nursing Mothers

A recent jury decision from the federal trial court in Arizona shows how expensive it can be to ignore a federal law that requires employers to provide mothers with nursing children accommodations to express breast milk.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

6 January 2021
Consortium Trainings

Introduction to the FLSA

Napa/Solano/Yolo ERC Webinar
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1 December 2020
19 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

FLSA Hot Topics And Legal Updates

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

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