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Mark S. Askanas

San Francisco

P 415-394-9400
F 415-394-9401


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 practices all forms of 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)
Mark S. Askanas
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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)

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October 1, 2019

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update – Fall 2019

October 1, 2019

DOL Issues New Overtime Rule, Sets Minimum Annual Salary at $35,568 The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new Final Rule updating the minimum salary requirements for the “white collar” overtime exemptions. Read full article … California Supreme Court Rejects Claim for Unpaid Wages under PAGA Putting an end to employees’... Read More

June 28, 2019

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update – Summer 2019

June 28, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. Our latest issue covers the following topics: Who gets notice of a collective action — and why it matters Arbitration agreements Considerations... Read More

April 1, 2019

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update – Spring 2019

April 1, 2019

Class Action Trends Report The latest issue of our quarterly report on new developments in class action litigation focuses on independent contractors and covers the following topics: Is an “independent contract” enough? Independent contractors in California Potential strategies to protect your company and tips to defend... Read More

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What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy
January 29, 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. Read More

By Mark S. Askanas and Rebecca Benhuri

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. Read More

By Mark S. Askanas and James A. McKenna

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. Read More