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Heath A. Havey

Of Counsel

P 916-341-0404
F 916-341-0141


Heath A. Havey is Of Counsel in the Sacramento, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses on innovative and efficient ways to resolve and defend employers in wage-hour class action lawsuits. He also regularly represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, litigation avoidance, and representative actions such as the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”).  He has successfully represented clients in state and federal court, administrative procedures, and in multidistrict litigation.

Mr. Havey has special expertise in advising multinational companies in labor and employment matters related to Japan and United States operations, including compliance, transactional matters, mass employment mergers and acquisitions, cross-border litigation, transnational contracts, and globalization. He is frequently asked to write and lecture regarding the international and domestic aspects of cross-cultural labor and employment matters between Japanese and United States companies. Mr. Havey is fluent in Japanese and has a comprehensive understanding of Japanese employment practices and laws.

Mr. Havey was an adjunct law professor at the Tokyo campus of Temple Law School, where he taught international labor and employment law, civil procedure, and international contract law. He currently serves as editor of the Japan Employment Law section of the Wolters Kluwer treatise Employment Law Asia.

Mr. Havey previously worked in the Tokyo and San Diego offices of an international law firm as an international labor and employment lawyer, as a domestic labor and employment litigator in Las Vegas, and as a domestic class action litigator in California. 

Mr. Havey was recognized as “2016 Top Lawyer” in Sacramento in the area of class action defense by Sacramento Magazine. 

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Licensed as a Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • Member of Nichibenren (2003-2005)

Published Works

  • International Law for CEOs: Lessons from Leading International Lawyers (ExecSense, 2013) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan Workplace Laws," Global HR News (January 2009) [Author]
  • "Amendments to Japan's Industrial Safety and Health Laws," International Law Office (2006) [Co-Author]
  • "Worldwide Guide to Japan Termination Employment Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Laws," Global Labour, Employment & Employee Benefits (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Overview of Japan Employment Law," Global Employer (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan's New Whistleblower Protection Law," Law Office (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan Childcare Leave and Family Care Leave Law," International Law Office (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan Supreme Court Rules Stock Options are "Wages," International Law Office (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Labor Trial Law to Come Into Effect Next Year," International Law Office (2005) [Co-Author]
  • "Japanese Labor Law Reforms," Global Employer (2004) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan's Employee Delegation Law," Law at Work (2004) [Co-Author]
  • "New Employer Guidelines on Personal Information," International Law Office (2004) [Co-Author]
  • "New Obligations Regarding Temporary Employees," International Law Office (2004) [Co-Author]
  • "Japan's Worker Dispatch Law," Law at Work (2004) [Co-Author]
  • Enjin no Roman (Dunbar International, 1995) [Co-Translator]

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California Employers Should Reevaluate Their Criminal Background Check Policies Before July 1, 2017
May 2, 2017

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) finalized new regulations limiting the ability of employers to consider criminal history when making employment decisions.  The regulations become effective on July 1, 2017.  Employers should reexamine their policies and practices of using criminal histories in employment decisions Read More

The DFEH Modifies Proposed Regulations on Use of Criminal Records For Employment Decisions
October 31, 2016

On September 7, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) announced modifications to its proposed regulations originally promulgated on February 19, 2016, governing the use of criminal history in employment decisions.  The new regulations are intended to prevent disparate impact discrimination against prot Read More

California Employers Face Stringent New Equal Pay Requirements
October 23, 2015

California’s new Fair Pay Act (“Act”) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 6, 2015.  Many believe the Act is the most aggressive equal pay law in the United States.  The Act becomes effective January 1, 2016. Read More