Niki  Nabavi Nouri

Senior Counsel | Walnut Creek

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Niki Nabavi Nouri is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. Her areas of focus include Labor and Employment and Student issues of education law. Ms. Nabavi Nouri's experience also includes advising clients on health care reform matters.

Additional Experience
Before joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Nabavi Nouri worked as contract attorney practicing federal criminal law and as a law fellow where she represented minors in juvenile dependency proceedings, conducted legal research, drafted motions and made court appearances. While in law school, Ms. Nabavi Nouri also spent a year as a law clerk for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.

Ms. Nabavi Nouri received her Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. While in law school she was a finalist at the Berkeley, School of Law 2010 Negotiation Competition. She was also the managing editor and Symposium Co-chair of the Berkeley Journal of International Law and was the President of the Middle Eastern Law Student Association.

She earned a Master in International Studies, Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Switzerland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communications from University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Nabavi Nouri has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

New Law Requires Paid Time Off for Union Stewards and Officers

By: Thomas MannielloNiki Nabavi Nouri-

October 2018Number 65Effective January 1, 2019, Senate Bill (SB) 1085 requires public agency employers in California to grant, upon the request of a union, "reasonable" paid leaves of absence to employees serving as stewards or officers of the union or of any statewide or national employee organization with which the union is affiliated.While on such leave, employees must suffer no loss of compensation or benefits and retain reinstatement rights, meaning they have the right to return to the s...

Employers Prohibited from Deterring or Discouraging Union Membership

By: Sarah KaatzNiki Nabavi Nouri-

December 2017 Number 83 Senate Bill (SB) 285 prohibits public employers from deterring or discouraging their employees from becoming or remaining members of a union. In doing so, the bill closes a perceived loophole in California law regarding union rights and the employer/union relationship. The bill becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Existing law prohibits public employers from using state funds to assist, promote, or deter union organizing. According to the author of SB 285...

Local Education Agencies Now Prohibited from Collecting Social Security Numbers

By: Niki Nabavi Nouri-

March 2017 Number 13 Armed with the understanding that Social Security numbers are the piece of information most used by criminals perpetrating identity thefts, the California legislature has barred local education agencies from collecting them. Effective January 1, 2017, Assembly Bill (AB) 2097 modified section 56601 of the Education Code to prohibit school districts, county offices of education and charter schools from collecting or soliciting Social Security numbers or the last four...

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Opt-Out Payments and the Affordable Care Act

By: Karen RezendesNiki Nabavi Nouri-

August 2016 Number 50 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations on July 8, 2016 that would require employers to include the dollar value of opt-out payments as part of an employee's required medical benefit premium cost contribution when calculating affordability of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS treatment of opt-out arrangements impacts the employer mandate to provide affordable health care through the ACA. Pursuant to the employer ...

Ninth Circuit Ruling Regarding Overtime Payments and the Fair Labor Standards Act May Have a Significant Impact on Employers

By: Dulcinea GranthamNiki Nabavi Nouri-

July 2016 Number 47 Striking a major blow to the practice of providing employees with cash payments in lieu of benefits (or "opt-out payments"), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on June 2, 2016, holding that employers, including public agency employers, must include these cash payments in the regular rate of pay when calculating the overtime rate for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). (Flores v. City of San Gabriel (9th Cir., June 2, 2016, No. 14-56421)...

Preparing for 2019 – New Employee Leave and Accommodations Requirements

By: Dulcinea GranthamNiki Nabavi Nouri-

Are you prepared for 2019? Join Lozano Smith attorneys Dulcinea Grantham and Niki Nabavi Nouri as they discuss three important employee leave and accommodations requirements that will impact school districts and public agencies in the coming year.