Jennifer Ulbrich is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Her areas of practice include labor and employment law and student issues for K-12 school districts and other public agencies. Ms. Ulbrich's experience includes advising clients on personnel and employee discipline matters, layoff proceedings, unfair practice charges before PERB, and employee grievances. Ms. Ulbrich is also skilled in litigation research and liability analysis.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Ulbrich worked as a litigation associate for an international law firm. She has also worked in the public sector as a legal clerk for the San Francisco City Attorney's office and as a field representative for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Ms. Ulbrich received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was awarded the Witkin Award of Excellence in "Conflicts of Law" and Negotiations "Dream Team" Award. Ms. Ulbrich also spent time as a legal writing tutor, as well as an assistant coach of the Davis High School Mock Trial team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with honors.
Starting January 1, 2019, California school and community college districts will be required to pay certificated, classified, and academic employees eligible for parental leave under recently enacted laws at least 50% of their salaries once they exhaust their sick leave and begin taking differential leave. This requirement applies regardless of the rate districts pay substitute employees to fill in for the employees on parental leave. The new law is a result of Assembl...
The Department of Justice recently released revisions to the regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments of 2008, which went into effect on January 1, 2009. The 2008 amendments were passed by Congress in response to various Supreme Court cases which denied protection to individuals under the ADA based, in part, on a finding that the individuals failed to qualify as "disabled" under the law. The purpose of the newly released revisions...
Earlier today, the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in the closely watched case of Vergara v. State of California (April 14, 2016) 2016 Cal.App.Lexis 285, reversing a 2014 trial court’s ruling that certain teacher employment laws are unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the California Constitution.
In June 2014, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu invalidated state laws governing the two-year track to permanent certificate...
In a one-sentence decision, an equally divided United States Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which upheld the right of states to compel public employees who choose not to join unions to pay "agency fees." "Agency fees" are an equal portion of bargaining costs related to wages, benefits and working conditions. The 4-4 split follows the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Plaintiffs in this Calif...