Rybicki & Associates, an employment law firm in Napa, recently crossed counties into an office  at the Sonoma Plaza in downtown Sonoma.

"The move was to be centrally located to all our clients in Sonoma and Napa counties – it made a lot of sense given the relatively even mix of clients throughout the wine country," said Richard Rybicki, principal attorney of the firm.

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The space is about 2,000 square feet  and will accommodate Mr. Rybicki and another principal, Dierdre Bourdet, two attorneys of counsel, Sandra Wickland and Desiree Cox, and one certified paralegal, Stephanie Holliday.

The new space, at 465 First St. West, Suite 33, is atop the Masonic Temple.

Rybicki & Associates is a specialized firm with attorneys devoted solely to the practice of labor and employment law, advising management on a broad range of workplace issues and representing employers before courts, boards, and agencies throughout the U.S. ***

[caption id="attachment_82134" align="alignleft" width="162"] Martin Hirsch[/caption]

Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP announced that Martin L. Hirsch has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Mr. Hirsch comes to Santa Rosa from San Diego, where he began his legal career.  Mr. Hirsch’s practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and business disputes.  Mr. Hirsch was born and raised in Santa Rosa and is a graduate of Santa Rosa High School.  He returns with his wife, Karen, and son, Benjamin.       ***

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed off and vetoed a host of employment and labor laws at the close of the legislative session. Among them the bills signed by the governor:

Assembly Bill 537, sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, makes two changes to the Meyers Milias Brown Act. The act requires governing bodies of local public agencies to meet and confer in good faith over wages, hours and other terms and conditions, with representatives of a recognized employee organization. Changes include a requirement that if a tentative agreement is reached by the parties, the governing body must hold a vote either accepting or rejecting the agreement within 30 days of the date it is first considered.  The second change is that the bill requires contractual arbitration to be subject to the California Arbitration Act.

Among the bills vetoed by the governor are:AB 373, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullen, D-South San Francisco, extends certain long-term-care benefits to the domestic partners and adult children of public employees.AB 1263, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, would have allowed Medi-Cal interpreters to unionize under the jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board....

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