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March 24, 2021

Nichols Law stands in solidarity with the transgender and nonbinary community and their allies in the ongoing struggle for equality and justice on this #TransDayofVisibility.

Too many anti-trans bills have been introduced into state legislatures across the country, primarily targeting trans youth. Take action and urge the Senate to pass the Equality Act to protect the millions of people facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Link below:

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March 26, 2021

Weeks after a federal judge ruled that “time had already run out,” last week the House passed a bill to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The ERA, or what would be the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, is succinct: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

If implemented, activists and legal scholars presume there would be monumental effects clearing the way for Congress to guarantee equal pay, or bolster measures to counter domestic violence and sexual harassment.

“A whole generation of women thought they were protected and already equal, said Kate Kelly, a human rights lawyer and host of the podcast “Ordinary Equality.” The ERA is long overdue. No one’s rights should be denied on account of their gender.

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March 24, 2021

Today is #EqualPayDay – which marks the day when women will have earned the same amount that white men earned at the end of 2020. Women are, on average, paid 82 cents to every dollar their white, male counterpart makes. It’s time to take a stand against pay inequity and discrimination. We need #EqualPay for women everywhere.

A guide to #EqualPay:

?️ vote for equity-based legislation

? support women leadership

?️ invite women to the table when making policy decisions

Concerned about how your state measures up when it comes to Equal Pay? Track what’s happening by searching for #equalpay laws through Equal Rights Advocates Policy Hub and support in the fight for #EqualPay.

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An #EqualPayDay PSA: #COVID19 has made it clearer than ever that low-wage workers – 2/3 of which are women – are always essential. It’s time for Congress to recognize the value & dignity in all work by raising the minimum wage & passing #paidleaveforall (a boost for #equalpay)!

March 19, 2021

After eight years and thousands of lawsuits, Congress is finally considering a new bill called the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (#PWFA) that could provide women across the country who face pregnancy discrimination a clear channel for recourse. PWFA would address the loophole from the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act and would require employers to enter into a negotiation with pregnant employees for any accommodations, creating a default expectation that businesses are on the hook (versus the employee) to provide pregnant women with the help they need.

According to A Better Balance, a national advocacy organization that provides free legal advice for pregnant women facing discrimination, and which helped Congress craft the PWFA, “In more than 66 percent of the dozens of discrimination cases filed between 2015 and 2019, courts sided with employers, stating that they didn’t need to provide pregnant women with accommodations, whether those were in the form of additional bathroom breaks or a stool to sit on.”

Amidst the pandemic, millions of women are out of work without protections or health insurance. There’s no time to waste. PWFA needs to be passed to provide relief to the millions of mothers that desperately need it.

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March 13, 2021

The 65th session of the United Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the United Nations’ largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment starts on Monday. This year’s theme is “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

New data shows that:

-Women make up 25% of parliamentarians globally, and only three countries have 50% or more women in parliament.

-Less than 1% of parliamentarians are women under 30 years of age.

-Women make up only 13% of negotiators, 6% of mediators and 6% of signatories in formal peace processes.

-In 2020, only 7.4% of Fortune 500 companies were run by women.

-Just 22 countries in the world are headed by a woman.

-At the current rate of progress, it will take another 130 years to reach gender equality at the highest positions of power.

Check out CSW65’s website for more details on the upcoming events and ways you can help close the gender gap.

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March 11, 2021

We just want to take in a moment to celebrate 21 episodes of The Women’s Advocate! A big shout out to all the #LadyBosses featured on The Women’s Advocate for getting us to over 2000 downloads since August!! We wouldn’t be here without you!

Stay tuned for more laughs, stories, and of course negotiation tips in the future!

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March 8, 2021

This International Women’s Day we #ChooseToChallenge workplace biases, fight to close the wage gap, denounce inequality, and celebrate the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women everywhere.

If you’re interested in learning ways you can help fight the good fight, check out IWD’s resources:

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March 2, 2021

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the #EqualityAct! The legislation would provide the most comprehensive LGBTQ+ protections in American history. Building upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act, the Equality Act prevents businesses and institutions from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill also explicitly states that it overpowers the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which can allow certain groups to deny services to LGBTQ+ people on religious grounds. The act would extend protections to cover federally funded programs, employment, housing, loan applications, education and public accommodations as well.

In most states, LGBTQ+ people can still be fired, evicted, or denied services because of who they are or whom they love. This legislation would change that. It will face an uphill battle in the senate, but as President Biden said, “Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”

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February 24, 2021

Yesterday Sarah called a client. “Where are you? Come now. You need to bank a check.” Within the hour, she handed a check to a man who had been repeatedly bullied by his former employer. He came to us seeking to get rid of the bully. “I don’t want money. I don’t want to cause trouble. I just want him to leave me alone.” Well we caused a little trouble on his behalf and are grateful we get to do this work.

February 17, 2021

A big congratulations to Sarah Nichols for receiving the 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers Award! Every year Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys that have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement through a multiphase selection process.

February 12, 2021

February is #BlackHistoryMonth and CNET has compiled a list of suggestions from NAACP, BLM, and ACLU on how you can support the Black community this month (and every month). From organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, Black businesses and restaurants to support, movies and docuseries to watch, and books to read, CNET’s article is a great resource to educate yourself on the ongoing fight for racial justice and the ways you can take action.

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February 2, 2021

We want to congratulate Stacey Abrams for being nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Abrams is a voting rights activist recognized for her work to promote non-violent change via the ballot box. Her nomination is greatly deserved. Go Stacey!

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January 30, 2021

A reminder that as of January 1st, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) now applies to employers with only 5 or more employees. This means that CA employees of small employers may be eligible for CFRA leave and related protections. Other critical changes that went into place include the ability of employees to take leave to care for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and domestic partners, in addition to parents, children and spouses, and the availability of leave for qualifying military exigencies.

January 28, 2021

In honor of the historical Inauguration, we’d like to pay tribute to the incredible #LadyBosses that made President Biden’s Inauguration a celebration of unity, strength, and empowerment. VP Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Michelle Obama, Amanda Gorman, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga were just a few of the empowering women present. As Amanda Gorman said, “There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Here’s to the women inspiring a new light. 2021 let’s do this.
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February 2020

We are proud to be representing prosecutors fighting gender and age discrimination. discrimination

February 2020

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to take a moment to recognize some of the most influential black women throughout history. From political activists to groundbreaking feminists, these women made tremendous strides for the black community. Their courage, intellect, and strength deserve to be celebrated this month and every month. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.” -Michelle Obama  blackhistorymonth women equalpay empowerment history activism civilrights genderequality
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Kristi Royse, CEO of KLR Consulting

February 2020

For our folks in need of leadership development programs, be sure to check out KLR Consulting, founded by this week’s LadyBoss Kristi Royse! Serving as KLR’s CEO with over 30 years of team-building and leadership development experience, Kristi specializes in preparing teams to excel. She is in great demand but you can catch her speaking at these next events:
March 5th: FWSF International Women’s Day EachForEqual
Negotiation for Women
San Francisco
March 11th: FEI SF Women in Finance
Realize Your Future: Create a Personal Strategic Plan
San Francisco
Check out KLR Consulting for more details! https://klrconsulting.com/
We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

February 2020

It will be interesting to watch Winston vs. Seyfarth in the fight over equal pay and the role of a collective bargaining agreement. equalpay discrimination
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February 2020

So many of my clients and colleagues have had to deal with this. equalpay

February 2020

Nichols Law is pleased to announce its newest addition to its team, Rachel Bravo! She brings with her over ten years of experience representing clients in employment and business disputes and a passion for gender equity. Already we have seen her ability to quickly jump into matters and provide timely counsel to clients under pressure. We are grateful to have such an extraordinary attorney with us to help grow our team and provide support for our clients.

Brooke Sutter, Sarah Nichols, Rachel Bravo!
Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, owner of Fairgrieve Law Office, P.C.

February 2020

For this week’s LadyBoss we’d like to celebrate Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve, owner of FAIRGRIEVE LAW OFFICE, P.C. Rose-Ellen’s background practicing in both the private and public sectors and litigating more than 15 trials and administrative hearings keeps her in demand as a counselor and litigator for employers navigating San Francisco’s complex labor and compliance laws. She is an excellent role model for other lawyers wanting to start their own practice. sanfrancisco compliance lawfirm employmentlaw

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February 2020

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February 2020

For this week’s LadyBoss we’d like to sing the praises of the amazing women – Katie Bain, Laura Mazza, and Katherine Debski of Bain Mazza & Debski LLP! They are a highly awarded plaintiff-side firm based in San Mateo specializing in personal injury and employment law cases. Their clients rave about their responsiveness and diligence and they have been a wonderful support to me as I build my firm. We highly recommend them and are incredibly grateful for their support. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses! employmentlaw law personalinjury plaintiff lawfirm

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February 2020

For anyone looking for legal counsel regarding business organization, transactions, real estate and estate planning matters, look no further than VON ROCK LAW, P.C. Founded and managed by this week’s LadyBoss, Deidre Von Rock, Esq., VR Law provides you with a personal connection while embracing contemporary technology. With over 20 years of experience, Deidre will create the essential parts of your financial plan in a positive and efficient way that meets the needs of your family and/or business. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses! financialplanning law estateplanning legaladvice

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Deidre Von Rock, Esq., founder and manager of VON ROCK LAW, P.C.
Attorney Sarah Nichols in a red suit reading from a paper

January 2020

A big thank you to everyone that celebrated the new decade with Nichols Law this past Thursday at Mission Rock Resort! We are incredibly thankful for the overwhelming support we have received and look forward to making 2020 one of our best years yet! #2020 employmentlaw oneyear celebration decade law

January 2020

For today’s LadyBoss shoutout, we’d like to congratulate Stand Up Strategies’ President Olivia Morgan on her new role as Co-Founder and Executive Director of California Partners Project, a non-profit initiative launched by California First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The organization plans to work in support of Senate Bill 826 prioritizing gender equity and the effect of media and technology on children’s well being and mental health. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!genderequity media nonprofit childrensmentalhealth wellbeing advocacy children support

Stand Up Strategies’ President Olivia Morgan
Renee Mars from SmartHR

January 2020

Looking for an excellent HR solution? Check out LadyBoss Renee Mars and Annie Jacobsen at SmartHR! Renee helps fast growing startups create and implement scalable HR practices and internal operations. Using her experience from Y Combinator and Tilt, her consultancy provides a light-weight HR solution that is cost and time effective. You can find your next HR solution at smarthr.co. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

January 2020

Reflecting on the changes to the law in California last year and the brave people who spoke out and advocated for change. As a result, California law prohibits provisions in a settlement agreement that prevent the disclosure of factual information relating to certain claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or harassment or discrimination based on sex, that are filed in a civil or administrative action. law justice discrimination nda sexualharassment californialaw advocate change

https://mashable.com/2017/10/10/women-support-each-other-bravery-harvey-weinstein/

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Workplace investigator, Katherine Zarate Dulany, Esq. AWI-CH

January 2020

For this week’s LadyBoss shoutout, we’d like to recognize experienced and conscientious workplace investigator, Katherine Zarate Dulany, Esq. AWI-CH. She brings grace and wisdom to diligently and expeditiously complete complex investigations in a fair and calm manner. You’ll be lucky to have Katherine help you through the process. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

December 2019

For any HR/Legal folks looking for a simple checklist for 2020 employment laws, look no further than Mary Topliff‘s list by clicking on the link below. betterlatethannever compliancetraining hr employmentlaw legal humanresources

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Equal Rights Advocates members with Sarah Nichols

December 2019

Nichols Law had the pleasure of attending Equal Rights Advocates’ New Roaring Twenties: A Happy Hour for Gender Justice this week to kick off the start of the new decade. 2020 is a year of promise for social justice and we can’t wait to continue working with the ERA towards our combined mission of closing the wage gap. Make sure to check out their website to stay up to date on local events and ways to take action at equalrights.org!

December 2019

For this week’s LadyBoss shout out, we’d like to congratulate Epicurean Trader co-founder Holly McDell on another great year! With three locations in the city, the Epicurean Trader has been named San Francisco’s top rated specialty food store and is known for their overwhelming support of smaller, artisan brands. If you’re needing a last minute holiday gift, be sure to check out their deluxe gift baskets that were recently named in Forbes magazine below! We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

https://lnkd.in/gef-RPh

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Krista L. Mitzel of The Mitzel Group, LLP and Sarah Nichols

December 2019

For this week’s LadyBoss shout out, we’d like to congratulate Krista L. Mitzel on 10 years of her fabulous full service firm The Mitzel Group, LLP, and her support of women through her ProVisors Bay Area Womens’ Affinity Group. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

December 2019

For our first Tuesday LadyBoss shout out, we’d like to celebrate Rebecca Hopkins receiving the SevenFifty Daily 2019 Drinks Innovators’ Award for her platform, A Balanced Glass. The web forum serves as a place for wine professionals to openly discuss mental health and wellness in the beverage industry. We love supporting our fellow Lady Bosses!

https://lnkd.in/gqahxZu

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Attorneys Chris Syder, Kim Stephenson, and Sarah Nichols

December 2019

Always good to spend more time catching up with Chris Syder, one of the U.K.’s top employment attorneys and lovely to meet tri-qualified Kim Stephenson (UK, NZ and CA). We’re building the Foreign Lawyer Legion and planning a panel for ways for companies to support the Sandwich Generation. foreignlawyerlegion sandwichgeneration hrlaw

December 2019

Today is LatinaEqualPay Day, marking how far into 2019 Latinas had to work to be paid what the average white man was paid in 2018 alone. I’m hopeful we’ll live to see a day when the data tells us we no longer have to mark this day—or any equal pay day—at all. To get there, here are some tips from Eva Longoria, Lean In, and Survey Monkey on steps companies and employees can take to help close the gap. #EqualityCantWait  payequity
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Members of San Francisco Employment Advisory Counsel with Sarah Nichols

November 2019

Sarah Nichols is looking forward to presenting to the San Francisco Employer Advisory Council tomorrow on the new independent contractor law AB 5 and it’s impact on worker classifications.

A big thank you to the San Francisco Employment Advisory Counsel for having Sarah Nichols last week to discuss and break down the new AB 5 law and its effect on worker classifications. employmentlaw sanfrancisco california

October 2019

Nichols Law planning for 2020 and celebrating that we’ve had our Operations Manager Brooke Sutter with us for 3 months. We are grateful for her every day.

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September 2019

Last night Nichols Law was fortunate enough to attend the Aussie Founder’s Network fireside chat with the tenacious and brilliant John Papandriopoulos! It was so great to hear John’s inspiring story and unique journey. We’re looking forward to more AFN events in the future. aussiefoundersnetwork #residechat aussie

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August 2019

Sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery- @theassembly is a great place for our team to work at every once in a while. A community space filled with driven and passionate women, the Assembly offers something for everyone! sanfrancisco theassembly wellness community womenempoweringwomen womenpreneur

Community workspace at The Assembly
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August 2019

Time to make sure your tips are right! doordash fooddelivery fooddeliveryapp tips sanfrancisco

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August 2019

Curious how to tackle the top 10 issues facing your nonprofit? Join us this Thursday, August 22nd, at the Bank of San Francisco for a training with our very own Managing Partner, Sarah Nichols!

Thank you Bank of San Francisco for having us, and thank you to all the nonprofits that attended! It was a lively discussion with topics including hiring, benefits, misclassification, leave and the interactive process. nonprofits nonprofitorganization hr bankofsanfrancisco sanfrancisco sanfranciscobayarea discussion interactive presentation training bank joinus rsvp

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Members of the ProVisors' Executive Committee of San Mateo II, including Sarah Nichols

August 2019

Last week our Managing Partner, Sarah Nichols, had a great meeting with the fellow members of the ProVisors‘ Executive Committee of San Mateo II. The members are such great sources of wisdom with so many areas of expertise. provisors sanmateo committee law attorney

August 2019

Our very own founder and managing attorney, Sarah, is a member of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. Be sure to check out their work on addressing the problems of systemic inequality and discrimination! antidiscrimination inequality berkeley equality womeninlaw law ucberkeley metoomovement research

https://lnkd.in/gCSXwdu

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August 2019

Don’t know how to address the elephant in the room? Feel like you’re not being heard? The team at Nichols Law knows how to help! Visit our new website for more information on our clients, services, and how to join our team! law womeninlaw womenlawyers nicholslaw employmentlaw hrlaw attorney sanfranciscobayarea counselling litigation coaching joinourteam

https://nicholslawyer.com/

July 2019

Last week our Managing Attorney Sarah was given the opportunity to coach some of the lovely women of the Hastings Leadership Academy. We can’t wait to go back! Fantastic morning yesterday listening to @Emily Epstein and a privilege to attend as a coach. coach opportunity women womeninlawwomeninleadership womenempoweringwomen 

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June 2019

Ever wonder what classifies someone as an employee versus a contractor? Check out this article to keep up with Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court case. superiorcourt law360 employee contractor california

A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday undid its earlier finding that the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision — which made it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors — applies retroactively, saying the state’s highest court should have final say on the blockbuster ruling’s application. Read more at:

https://lnkd.in/gMyRFGu

June 2019

If you’re looking to help end Imposter Syndrome check out this great program by Neha Sampat! impostersyndrome lawyers womenlawyers attorneys earlybird

https://lnkd.in/gsqApze

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Logo for the Worldwide #MeToo Movement announcing a conference on Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence

May 2019

Grateful for the opportunity to hear amazing speakers at the MeToo Conference at Berkeley Law School last week like Catharine MacKinnon and Saru Jayaraman. Legal scholars, practitioners and experts from around the world gathered to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment and discussed creative solutions developed across the globe to address the problem. I’m looking forward to seeing the next steps in action as we work on these issues together.

December 2018

We had a lively panel discussion about Diversity and Inclusion last night at Financial Executives International’s meeting in Palo Alto. Aubrey Blanche  Courtney Karnes  Hyma Menath

Aubrey Blanche, Courtney Karnes, Sarah Nichols, Hyma Menath

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