How can we evaluate gender bias in the workplace?

Recently, there’s been a lot of press about a new study showing that student evaluations of college instructors do not actually correlate with teaching effectiveness. In fact, the study shows that student evaluations are better at measuring the unconscious bias of the evaluators (here, students) than they are at assessing the performance of workers (here, teaching assistants).Read More

Member Spotlight: Vincent Tong Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for New Lawyer

The Alameda County Bar Association is proud to honor Vincent Tong, of Tong Law, as our New Lawyer of the Year at our January 14, 2016 Board Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Dinner.

Vincent Tong is the owner of Tong Law, an employment and business law practice in Oakland. He regularly provides pro-bono legal services to low-income communities at various clinics throughout the Bay Area.Read More

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace costs employers significant time and money. It is also detrimental to the well-being of the employees, leading to stress, sleepless nights and overall dissatisfaction with their job. Maintaining a positive and productive workplace is a must to succeed in today’s environment. One of the most effective steps an employer can take is to address workplace disputes early and correctly. Read More

“Most Workers Are Employees”: The Impact of the New DOL Misclassification Guidance

All businesses that use independent contractors must take an up-close look at those relationships, in light of new interpretive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL asserts that “most workers are employees” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and sends a strong message that it will continue to aggressively police how employers classify workers.Read More