Mark S. Askanas: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mark S. Askanas

Principal
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(415) 394-9400

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Retail
 
University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high honors, 1982
 
Law SchoolUniversity of California School of Law, Davis, J.D., 1985
 
Admitted1986, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1989, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1991, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
 
LanguagesSpanish
 
Born1960
 
Biography

Mark S. Askanas is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He joined the firm in 1988 and is a senior employment law litigator who has served as lead counsel for cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums, throughout the western United States.

Mr. Askanas specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and cases involving trade secrets and confidential information. He also counsels employers on all facets of employment law including, but not limited to, wage and hour issues and best preventive employment practices. He regularly speaks throughout the United States to employer groups and trade associations on these and other topics.

Mr. Askanas also has substantial in-house experience having served as General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company where he worked closely with the board of directors, audit committee, and senior management managing risk and advising on legal developments and issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate governance, transactional matters, and preventive nationwide litigation and class action avoidance strategies.

Honors and Recognitions

Who's Who Legal (2006-2007)

Published Works

•“Retailers Beware: Statements May Not Be Protected, ” Employment Law 360 (April 19, 2010)
• Strict Liability in Sexual Harassment: Too Strict a Standard, California Employment Law Journal .12 (December 1997, Assisted in Updating Chapters)
• Sexual Harassment in the Physician Workplace, California Physician (April 1991)

Publications

December 23, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California Limitation on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers

December 23, 2015

Despite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions strongly upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, opposition to class action waivers on both the political and legal fronts persists, especially in California. As interpreted by California courts, the state's law traditionally has looked with

September 25, 2015

Retail Employer Workplace News - Summer 2015

September 25, 2015

Schedules That Work BillA bill in the U.S. Senate would require employers to consider their employees' requests for changes to their work schedules and to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices.

August 25, 2015

Constitutional Challenge to California's Background Check Law Rejected

August 25, 2015

If a background check includes information about a job applicant's character, California's background check law applies, the California Court of Appeal has held, rejecting an employer's challenge to the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (Cal. Civ. Code 1786 et seq.) (“ICRAA”).

Blogs

California Workplace Law

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California Limitation on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers
December 29, 2015

Despite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions strongly upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, opposition to class action waivers on both the political and legal fronts persists, especially in California.

By Mark S. Askanas and James A. McKenna

California Workplace Law

California Court Holds Arbitrator Decides Class Arbitrability Where Agreement Specifies AAA Rules
August 26, 2015

An employment arbitration agreement that incorporated the American Arbitration Association's National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes vested the arbitrator with the power to decide whether the agreement authorized class-wide relief, the California Court of Appeal has ruled. Universal Protection Service LP v.

By Mark S. Askanas

California Workplace Law

Constitutional Challenge to California's Background Check Law Rejected
August 26, 2015

If a background check includes information about a job applicant's character, California's background check law applies, the California Court of Appeal has held, rejecting an employer's challenge to the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (Cal. Civ. Code 1786 et seq.) (“ICRAA”). Connor v. First Student, Inc., No.

By Mark S. Askanas

In the News

April 20, 2015

Law 360

Mark Askanas Comments on Retailers' Use of On-Call Policies

April 20, 2015

Law 360 quotes Mark Askanas in On-Call Policy Scrutiny May Force Retail Staffing Changes. View Article (subscription may be required)

 
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What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy
Mark S. Askanas,Rebecca T. Benhuri, February 9, 2016
Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California Limitation on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers
Mark S. Askanas,James A. McKenna, January 11, 2016
Despite recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions strongly upholding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, opposition to class action waivers on both the political and legal fronts persists, especially in California. As interpreted by California courts, the state’s...

California Court Holds Arbitrator Decides Class Arbitrability Where Agreement Specifies AAA Rules
Mark S. Askanas, August 26, 2015
An employment arbitration agreement that incorporated the American Arbitration Association’s National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes vested the arbitrator with the power to decide whether the agreement authorized class-wide relief, the California Court of Appeal has ruled....

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Mark S. Askanas

50 California Street, 9th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94111




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