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.

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

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law (2012-2017)

Community Partner Award Recipient for Pro Bono Work, Transgender Law Center, (2010)

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Feb 26, 2019

Is Minimum Wage a Matter of Statewide Concern? The Second Appellate District Says Yes, Applying the State Minimum Wage to Charter Cities (and Counties).

On February 25, 2019, the California Second Appellate District Court of Appeal issued a decision in the case Marquez, et al. v. City of Long Beach, holding that the state minimum wage applies to charter cities because minimum wages are a matter of statewide concern.  The holding should be construed to apply to all counties (charter and general law) as well.

Nov 6, 2018

Origins and Applications of the Home Rule Doctrine

Under Article XI, Sections 4 and 5 of the California Constitution, charter cities and counties have exclusive authority to regulate and determine their own municipal affairs, free from intrusion by the state.  These provisions of the Constitution are collectively referred to as the municipal affairs clause and have given rise to what is known as the “home rule” or “municipal affairs” doctrine.  At its essence, the home rule doctrine embodies the principle that a municipality knows its wants and needs better than the state at large.

Sep 11, 2018

Challenges Involved in Paying Non-Exempt Employees for Training and Travel Time: An Example

Many employers struggle with properly paying non-exempt employees who attend courses, conferences, seminars, meetings, and other trainings. In the absence of labor agreement provisions or other agency rules or policies governing this issue, public agency employers must follow the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when evaluating whether an employee is entitled to compensation for training time.

Mar 7, 2018

California Supreme Court Rules that State Law Requires a Different Regular Rate of Pay Calculation than the Fair Labor Standards Act

On March 5, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation, in which employee Hector Alvarado sued his employer under the California Labor Code for back overtime compensation under the theory that his employer had incorrectly calculated his “regular rate of pay.”

Feb 6, 2018

Influenza Season Strikes Again: What Employers Should Do to Minimize the Effects on Your Workforce

Flu season is upon us again. This year hospitals across California have reported unusually high numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms  and news outlets say this flu season is on track to being the worst in 10 years.   What, if anything, can employers do to manage and minimize the effects of flu season on employees?

Nov 7, 2017

California Supreme Court Lets Stand New Case on Officers’ Rights to Discovery Prior to Second Interrogation

On October 18, 2017, the California Supreme Court denied review of Santa Ana Police Officers Association, et al. v. City of Santa Ana et al., a decision from the Fourth District Court of Appeal involving information (sometimes referred to as “discovery”) that must be provided to a law enforcement officer in connection with a disciplinary interrogation under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBRA).  

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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3 December 2020
Consortium Trainings

New Developments in FLSA Litigation: What Fire Command Staff Need to Know

San Diego Fire Districts 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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6 May 2020
Customized Trainings

Ethics in Public Service

City of Sunnyvale Webinar
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Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

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