Peter J. Brown

Peter J. Brown Partner

Peter Brown has been involved in all areas of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's practice since 1989. His career has evolved from representing public agencies in litigation and all types of administrative hearings to now, where he spends most days -  at the collective bargaining table or in a City Council or Board meeting advising on labor negotiations. 

Peter has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients including the labor relations statutes and those which the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Acts.  Many of the firm's clients have come to rely on his advice in guiding them in these constantly changing areas of law as well as on problem solving many of the labor issues our clients face.

Peter has also distinguished himself as a sought-after speaker, author and trainer on topics that impact our firm's clients. He speaks at numerous conferences throughout the state of California and nationally on public sector labor and employment law topics.

Peter is one of the most prolific and popular presenter in the firm’s renowned training activities. Although Peter spends most of his time out at public agencies or in workshops or conference presentations, he finds that the most enjoyable part of the practice of public sector labor and employment law is advising clients how to resolve day-to-day problems. "Helping people resolve a difficult problem is very gratifying. It is why I went to law school."  "I want the client to not only know the answer but specifically what the law says.  I show them the law.  Most people are visual."

Peter is the Chair of the firm's Labor Relations and Wage & Hour Practice Groups.  As Chair, Peter is responsible for developing both internal training for the attorneys as well as external training to the firm's clients on the latest Labor Relations and Wage & Hour developments.

Peter has also published numerous articles and has authored the CPER pocket guide to the Family and Medical Care Leave Acts since 1997. 

Recognitions

Peter has continued to be recognized throughout his career including the following:

  • National Law Journal Crisis Leadership Trailblazer (2020)

  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2007-2010, 2012-2017, 2019-2020)

  • Daily Journal Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers (2012-2014, 2016)

  • NPELRA President's Award (2012)

  • CalPELRA Award of Excellence (2006)

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Anaheim – Fire negotiations

City of Beverly Hills - MEA; Police; Police Management, Fire, Safety Support, Confidential, Management and Professional, Part-Time MEA and Supervisors

City of Costa Mesa – Firefighters Association, Police Association and Costa Mesa City Employees Association

City of Glendale – IBEW

City of Garden Grove – Police Association

City of Huntington Beach - Firefighters' Association, Police Officers' Association and Police Management Association

City of Laguna Beach – Fire, Police, MEA and the Police/Fire Management Association

City of Manhattan Beach – Mid Management Association, Teamsters (General employees), Fire and Police, Police Management Association and Fire Management

City of Newport Beach – Police; Police Management, Fire, Lifeguards, Lifeguard Management, OCEA, Professional and Tech and CEA

Orange County Fire Authority – OCEA (non-safety),  Local 3631 (Fire Association), Chief Officers' Association, and OCFAMA (Management Association and Chief Officers Association)

City of Palm Springs - General Units (SEIU, Local 721), Police, Police Management Fire, Fire Management and Management and Professional Employees

County of Riverside – RSA – Sheriff’s Association – Law Enforcement Management Association and the DDAA (Association of County Attorneys)

Santa Ana – Police and SEIU – General employees

Tustin – Police, Police Management, Safety Support and OCEA (Municipal Employees) 

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Feb 26, 2021

Third attempt to let legislative staff unionize has more support

Peter Brown was quoted in the February 8, 2021 Daily Journal article “Third attempt to let legislative staff unionize has more support,” which highlighted the stakes of AB 314 and its potential effects on unionized workforces.  To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Jan 29, 2021

Recent California Supreme Court Decision in the Independent Contractor Classification Saga Holds that Dynamex Applies Retroactively

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the matter of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903. The California Supreme Court reinterpreted and significantly altered the test for determining whether workers in California were properly classified as independent contractors for the purposes of the wage orders adopted by California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC). The Court established a new test, often referred to as the “ABC” test, which was codified in AB 5 (effective January 1, 2020). 

Jan 22, 2021

Can employers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine?

Peter Brown and Alexander Volberding were both recently quoted in “Can employers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine?” which was published in the Orange County Register, Daily Breeze, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, Redlands Daily Facts, The Press-Enterprise, The San Bernardino Sun, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News. The piece explores whether an employer can legally mandate the vaccine under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Jan 22, 2021

Labor Law, Union Implications for Employer-Mandated Covid Vaccines

Peter Brown and Alexander Volberding recently penned a Bloomberg Law piece “Labor Law, Union Implications for Employer-Mandated Covid Vaccines,” which was published Jan. 21The piece discusses how employers will likely have to bargain with labor organizations that represent their employees prior to requiring certain employees be vaccinated. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Jan 14, 2021

Cal/OSHA Provides Questions and Answers Regarding New Regulations Related to COVID-19 (Public Agencies)

On January 8, the Department of Occupational and Safety (Cal/OSHA) updated its interpretive guidance concerning emergency COVID-19 regulations that took effect on November 30, 2020. The guidance reflects new information concerning employer obligations and employee entitlements under both Title 8 Sections 3205 and 3205.1, which, respectively, relate to the COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)[1] and workplace COVID-19 outbreaks[2].

Jan 8, 2021

CDPH Updates Travel Advisory to Revise the Recommended Quarantine Period Following Interstate and International Travel and to Warn Against Non-Essential Intrastate Travel

On January 6, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its November 13, 2020 travel advisory concerning non-essential interstate travel and the quarantine period for individuals who engage in such travel.

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

17 June 2021
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

The Rules of Engagement: Issues, Impacts & Impasse

25 March 2021
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Monterey Bay ERC Webinar
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25 March 2021
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Nor Cal ERC Webinar
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24 March 2021
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Trends & Topics at the Table

10 March 2021
Seminars / Webinars

4-Day FLSA Academy

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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