Stephanie J. Lowe

Stephanie J. Lowe Associate

Stephanie provides representation and legal counsel to public entities and educational institutions in matters pertaining to employment law, labor law, and education.  Stephanie's practice includes advising clients on employment policies and providing litigation and arbitration support in a multitude of employment-related matters, including hiring, discipline, discrimination, disability, harassment, and retaliation.  Stephanie has extensive experience advising employers throughout the state on the Affordable Care Act, California's Paid Sick Leave law, California's Kin Care Leave, Family and Medical Leave Act, and California Family Rights Act. Stephanie has an extensive wage and hour practice and litigates wage and hour disputes. 

Stephanie works with many private school clients on a wide range of matters, including enrollment agreements, employment contracts, student/parent handbooks, student immunizations, leaves, the interactive process, disciplinary issues, and wage and hour issues.  

Stephanie also conducts investigations involving the full range of workplace issues, including harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, theft, and misconduct. As part of the firm’s extensive training group, Stephanie frequently presents workshops on sexual harassment, ethics, discipline, mandated reporting, and supervisory skills.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Stephanie worked with the UC Hastings Civil Justice Center where she advocated on behalf of underprivileged clients regarding matters such as wage and hour and unemployment insurance disputes. Additionally, she served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, United States District Court, San Diego.

Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  During law school, Stephanie was a Senior Articles Editor of the Hasting Women's Law Journal and worked as a law clerk in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's San Francisco office.  She also studied abroad at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.

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Oct 29, 2019

Use It, Don’t Lose It! Everything Your Public Agency Needs to Know About Notifying Employees of the Deadline for Using Flexible Spending Account Funds

On August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1554, which requires employers to notify employees of the deadline to withdraw flexible spending account funds.  Many employers offer employees the opportunity to participate in flexible spending accounts.  These are employer-owned accounts into which employees can put money to pay for certain eligible expenses on a pre-tax basis.  Different types of flexible spending accounts include those for health, dependent care (sometimes known as a dependent care assistance programs or DCAPs), and adoption assistance.  Employers often offer these accounts through a Section 125 cafeteria plan. 

Jul 24, 2018

Deadline For Reporting Out-of-Class Appointments to CalPERS Is Fast Approaching: Are You Ready?

CalPERS agencies must report the number of hours worked by employees in “out-of-class appointments” to CalPERS no later than July 30, 2018.  As discussed in our earlier blog, Assembly Bill 1487 went into effect January 1, 2018 adding Government Code section 20480 to the Public Employees’ Retirement Law.  The statute prohibits out-of-class appointments of members for more than 960 hours per fiscal year.  To ensure compliance, CalPERS issued Circular Letter No,: 200-021-18 directing contracting agencies to track and report hours worked in “out-of-class appointments” each fiscal year.  With the July 30 reporting deadline quickly approaching, here is everything CalPERS agencies need to know to meet the reporting requirements.

Mar 1, 2018

CalPERS Reduces Amortization Period with Impacts to Employer Contribution Rates

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) recently decided to change its Actuarial Amortization Policy (“Amortization Policy”), which will impact employer contribution rates for contracting agencies. The revised Amortization Policy will go into effect for public agencies in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which will be based on the June 30, 2019 actuarial valuations. 

Nov 21, 2017

To Be or Not to Be an Adverse Employment Action – What is Paid Administrative Leave?

This principle used to be clear – paid administrative leave was outside the scope of an adverse employment action.  This was based on court holdings that an employee suffers no substantial or material change in terms and conditions of employment while on paid administrative leave.  For years, courts held that an employee who is put on paid administrative leave cannot prove he or she suffered an adverse employment action to give rise to a viable discrimination or retaliation claim.  However, what once was clear, is no more.

Oct 10, 2017

Disaster and Medical Relief Workers: How to Compensate Public Employees Deployed to Help Others

Over the past two months, a series of hurricanes has caused devastation to the United States, Puerto Rico, and other regions.  As a result, the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has called upon some public employees with special skills to deploy to the affected regions to provide disaster and medical relief.  This leaves public agencies with questions about how to classify an employee’s leave and whether the employee is entitled to pay for their time away to provide disaster relief efforts.

Jun 5, 2017

Is Your Public Agency Aware of These Lesser Known Job-Protected Leaves?

Many public agencies are familiar with the well-known reasons why an employee can take time off of work. However, in California, there are a few “lesser known” leaves that often get overlooked. 

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