Robert A. Jones

Shareholder   San Francisco

Robert (“Bob”) Jones is the former California State Deputy Secretary, Special Counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, (California Department of Labor) appointed by the Governor in June 2008.  As such, he was responsible for the enforcement activities of all the Divisions of the Agency, including the operation of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), Division of Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), and the State’s Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition.

Prior to his appointment, Bob was the Deputy Secretary of Policy and Enforcement. He was also the Chief Counsel for the Labor Commissioner and Acting California State Labor Commissioner from 2005 to 2007. As Acting Labor Commissioner, he was responsible for enforcing the state’s labor laws governing working conditions, minimum wage and overtime.

Bob’s background

Robert (“Bob”) Jones is the former California State Deputy Secretary, Special Counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, (California Department of Labor) appointed by the Governor in June 2008.  As such, he was responsible for the enforcement activities of all the Divisions of the Agency, including the operation of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), Division of Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), and the State’s Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition.

Prior to his appointment, Bob was the Deputy Secretary of Policy and Enforcement. He was also the Chief Counsel for the Labor Commissioner and Acting California State Labor Commissioner from 2005 to 2007. As Acting Labor Commissioner, he was responsible for enforcing the state’s labor laws governing working conditions, minimum wage and overtime.

Bob’s background includes over 30 years of employment litigation and dispute resolution experience before state and federal courts throughout the United States and eight years as a professional labor negotiator.

Bob is the Chair of the firm's California Wage and Hour Practice Group, Co-Chair of the National Wage and Hour Practice Group, and a member of the firm's Class Action Steering Committee.

Bob advises and represents employers in all areas of labor, employment, and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on employers doing business in California.  Bob’s practice includes expert testimony and consulting on state wage and hour enforcement issues. Bob also provides alternative dispute resolution services as a private mediator in employment matters. He is a frequent presenter on employment-related topics.


Experience

In addition to regularly providing advice on California related wage and hour issues to national and local clients of Ogletree Deakins, Bob is actively engaged in the litigation of cutting edge employment law issues before the federal and state courts, including major wage and hour class action cases.

Bob’s experience as a highly placed Labor Department official for the State of California provides the Firm’s clients with access to his unique perspective on not only California employment law enforcement, but also on the legislative and political process involved.

As a past Lecturer for the University of Maryland and frequent presenter for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Bob regularly provides presentations to Ogletree Deakins clients and other interested groups on all aspects of California wage and hour issues.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • California State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Nevada State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Association of Attendees and Alumni of the Hague Academy of International Law
  • Former Commissioner, California Commission on the Status of Women
  • Former Lecturer, University of Maryland, European Division, Labor and Business Management

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Arbitration Agreements – Long May They ‘Waive': Understanding Class Action Waivers and Other Cutting-Edge Provisions in California Arbitration Agreements'' - San Francisco - November, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Top Three California Law Challenges for Transportation Companies'' - San Francisco - October, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Modernizing the 'White Collar' Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future'' - Dana Point - September, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Surf's Up! Riding the Next Wave of California Employment Litigation'' - Las Vegas - May, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar 2nd Annual Conference - ''What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!'' - Napa - March,
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Arbitration Agreements – Long May They ‘Waive': Understanding Class Action Waivers and Other Cutting-Edge Provisions in California Arbitration Agreements'' - San Francisco - November, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Top Three California Law Challenges for Transportation Companies'' - San Francisco - October, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Modernizing the 'White Collar' Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future'' - Dana Point - September, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Surf's Up! Riding the Next Wave of California Employment Litigation'' - Las Vegas - May, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar 2nd Annual Conference - ''What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!'' - Napa - March, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Overtime DOL Proposal'' - San Fransisco - March, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Obama Executive Order'' - San Fransisco - March, 2014
  • Los Angeles Bar Association - ''Policing the Workplace - Advanced Seminar on PAGA Actions and Retaliation Claims'' - Los Angeles - January, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins California Seminar: Managing a Workforce in 2014 - ''Top 10 Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Cal/OSHA'' - Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego - October, 2013
  • BASF CLE Seminar - The Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club - ''The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)'' - San Francisco - August, 2013
  • California Framing Contractors Association - ''2013 Safety and Risk Management Summit - Hot Topics in Labor and Employment'' - Corona - June, 2013
  • California Employment Law Council - ''Armenta - Contract Hours & Minimum Wage Court Extension to Piece Rate and Commission Compensation'' - Los Angeles - April, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''California Legislative Developments and Trends - Where Will The Next Wave of Lawsuits Come From?'' - Napa - March, 2013
  • Center for Competitive Management National Webinar - ''California Wage & Hour Record Keeping Requirements'' - San Francisco - March, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Round the Clock - Current Timekeeping & Rounding Requirements'' - San Francisco - February, 2013
  • California Employment Law Council - ''Independent Contractors (Are They Really Your Employees?) Joint Employer Issues'' - Los Angeles - November, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Slaying the Wage and Hour Class Action Dragon Without Going to Court'' - San Francisco - October, 2012
  • North American Transportation Employee Relations Association ("NATERA") - ''Independent Contractor Status and Other Vexing Trucking Industry Concerns'' - St. Petersburg - October, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''California Focus: Wage and Hour Claims and Class Action Suits'' - Phoenix - May, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Brinker: What Employers Need to Know and Do To Comply'' - April, 2012
  • California Employment Law Council - ''The Evolving Employment Relationship - Wage and Hour Liability For Your Subcontractor's Violations'' - Sacramento - April, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Recent Developments in California Labor and Employment Law'' - San Jose - April, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Recent Developments in California Labor and Employment Law'' - San Francisco - April, 2012
  • California Framing Contractors Association - ''New Employee Notice Requirement Compliance in the Construction Industry'' - Corona - March, 2012
  • Center for Competitive Management National Webinar - ''Employing in California: Labor Code Requirements and Wage Order Regulations'' - February, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''New Changes to California Employment Laws'' - January, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''New Changes to California Employment Laws'' - December, 2011
  • North American Transportation Employee Relations Association ("NATERA") - ''Challenges in the Courtroom: Class and Collective Action Suits and Independent Contractor Status'' - St. Petersburg - October, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Trends in Class Action Litigation - Practical Tips to Avoid Liability'' - San Francisco - October, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Law Update - 2011 - ''Recordkeeping Realities: Is Your Business a Victim of Overcompliance'' - San Francisco - October, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Law Update - 2011 - ''What Do You Have to Pay For? Compensation Issues in California'' - San Francisco - October, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''California Pay Records Requirements'' - Chicago - May, 2011
  • California Employment Law Council - ''PAGA Penalties Litigation: Plaintiffs Pushing California Far Out of The Mainstream'' - Sacramento - April, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Anticipated Labor Law Changes Under the Jerry Brown Administration'' - San Francisco - April, 2011
  • North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (“NATERA”) - ''Real Challenges in the Courtroom, California Wage & Hour Class Actions'' - Savannah - October, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''What’s New at the Labor Commissioner’s Office'' - San Francisco - June, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''California – The Land Where Any Mistake Can Cost You Millions'' - Las Vegas - May, 2010
  • State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency - ''California Employment Law Enforcement and Legislative Issues'' - various locations - January, 2005 - December, 2010

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