A Sneak Peak Into 2023 PAGA Updates – Q&A with Leonora Schloss

A Sneak Peak Into 2023 PAGA Updates – Q&A with Leonora Schloss


As an expert in the space of employment law, Leonora Schloss reflects on her experience with CELU22 this year and shares some insights on the changes that lie ahead when it comes to Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Learn more about the value these updates hold for your career in HR through her Q&A below:

1. What drew you to sharing critical information with those who deal California Employment Law? Provide a little bit of background on your journey.
I started practicing law as a general commercial litigator, but within a few years found myself drawn to employment law, since I discovered my passion was working with employers on compliance with employment laws to prevent litigation. And if a lawsuit was filed, working with employers on creative approaches to vigorously defend them. I truly enjoy educating HR professionals on legal compliance.

2. What aspects of your session topic pertain to the HR field and the employment law updates that organizations face?
How PAGA should focus HR on proper handling of potential labor code violations especially wage and hour issues and considerations for implementing employment arbitration agreements.

3. WWhat are (1-3) of the changes on the horizon for 2023 that the HR field can better be equipped for using your session information?
HR should stay attuned to pending cases pertaining to the application of Assembly Bill 51 which puts restrictions on the use of employment arbitration agreements. Also, cases regarding the ability to enforce arbitration agreements in PAGA matters.

4. For those within the HR field, what are the top (3) takeaways from your session you hope for them to gain?
1. The importance of paying attention to PAGA notices.
2. Considerations regarding employment arbitration agreements in relation to PAGA.
3. The importance of employment compliance and related issues as it pertains to PAGA.

Principal, Leonora Schloss, Jackson Lewis PC
Leonora “Lenny” M. Schloss is a principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is the California Leader of the Wage and Hour Internal Audit Subgroup. For more than 25 years, Lenny focuses her practice in wage and hour and leaves of absence issues, advised and trained employers on preventative measures, drafted policies and agreements, conducted wage and hour classification audits and training, and handled employment investigations.

Lenny has substantial experience litigating single plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage/hour cases in state and federal courts including jury and court trials. Lenny has successfully asserted the federal enclave doctrine defense and proven lack of state law application in dozens of administrative and court matters, including two reported decisions.

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