Bruce J. Sarchet


Littler Mendelson P.C.

Bruce J. Sarchet


Littler Mendelson P.C.

Bruce J. Sarchet is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. He has focused his entire legal career on the representation of management in labor and employment law matters and has particular expertise in issues involving:

  • Unionized employers
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Employment discrimination
  • Employee leaves of absence

He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on matters involving:

  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • California’s Educational Employment Relations Act
  • California’s Meyers Milias Brown Act

With energy, enthusiasm, and intense focus, Bruce provides clients with superior quality work and exceptional client service and has earned a reputation as a hands-on problem solver. He provides consultation and representation to large, medium and small businesses across California in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. He also represents public sector employers. He crafts practical, real world solutions to workplace problems such as dealing with difficult employees and recognizing and balancing business realities and necessities with the need to minimize exposure to litigation.

For unionized employers, Bruce frequently serves as chief spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations and provides representation in grievances and arbitration hearings. He also represents employers during union organizing drives and unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act.

An animated, effective and entertaining public speaker, Bruce regularly makes presentations to local professional organizations on labor and employment law topics and has also presented numerous in-house training sessions and workshops to management teams at private and public employers. Bruce has published numerous articles for local business journals, providing practical, hands-on labor and employment law advice to small business owners.

From 2005 to 2013, Bruce served on the firm’s five-attorney Management Committee, which handles the firm’s operations. In this capacity, he oversaw thirteen Littler offices in seven states. Prior to his selection to the Management Committee, he served as the office-managing shareholder for the firm’s Sacramento office and served several terms as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

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The Debate over Worker Classification in California: CA AB-5 and Beyond

December 1, 2020

Californians approved an exemption to AB-5 permitting app-based ridesharing and delivery drivers to function as independent contractors. What about other independent contractors?

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The Gig is Up?

Bruce J. Sarchet

February 3, 2020

…the gig economy is here to stay, and government efforts to regulate this growing sector of our society, our workplaces, and our daily lives will continue to expand.

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Deep Dive Episode 70 – Independent Contractor Or Employee?

October 4, 2019

In this episode, Bruce J. Sarchet gives an overview of the ABC Test; an analysis of the provisions of California’s AB 5; a discussion of the potential impacts on the California and U.S. economy should the bill be passed into law; and options for compliance.

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