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.

Final Rule Increases Minimum Salary Threshold For FLSA Overtime Exemptions

By: Gabriela FlowersNiki Nabavi NouriJanae Castellani-

October 2019Number 59On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its Final Rule, updating the minimum salary necessary for an executive, administrative or professional employee to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. Based on these revisions to the federal overtime rules, the DOL anticipates 1.3 million more employees will now be entitled to overtime pay.The DOL previously published updates to federal overtime regulations, effective December 1, 2016 (See 2016 Clie...

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...

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.