Austin G. Dieter


San Francisco

(415) 593-9613

(415) 644-0978

Austin focuses his practice on labor and employment, specifically FLSA, Title VII, FLMA, and ADA claims and their state counterparts. He advises clients on a variety of issues including the drafting of employee handbooks and H1B labor certifications. Austin also advises employers regarding implementation of company-wide rest break and meal period procedures, vacation and sick leave policies, paid time off policies, exempt and non-exempt job descriptions, and harassment and discrimination policies. In addition, he provides guidance regarding workplace investigations and conducts harassment investigation.

Prior to working at Cozen O’Connor, Austin was a labor and employment associate concentrating on providing counsel to California public employers. Austin also worked as a judicial clerk in Boulder, Colo., for the State of Colorado and Waterloo, Iowa, for the State of Iowa.

Austin earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and his law degree, cum laude, from University of Wisconsin Law School with a concentration in labor and employment law. While in law school, Austin was managing editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal.


California Codifies New COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal OSHA Authority [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillam and Austin Dieter discuss AB 685, signed by Governor Newsom, implementing new reporting and notice requirements and granting Cal OSHA additional powers following employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Rebuttable Presumption for COVID-19 Illnesses to Impact Employers Through 2022 [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillman and Austin Dieter discuss SB 1159, signed into law by Governor Newsom, expanding access to workers’ compensation and making it easier for first responders, health care workers, and other workers who test positive for COVID-19 due to an outbreak.

California’s Large Employers to Provide COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Following Newsom’s Signature [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Bethany Vasquez, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss Assembly Bill 1867, requiring large employers to provide COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees.

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

NLRB Severely Limits Jurisdiction Over Religious Schools [Alert]

June 16, 2020

Mike Hanlon, Steve Millman, and Austin Dieter discuss the NLRB's decision in Bethany College.

OSHA Changes COVID-19 Recordkeeping Requirements for Employers (Again) [OSHA Chronicle Blog]

May 22, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published revised enforcement guidance detailing when employers must record COVID-19 illnesses. The new guidance reverses course on prior guidance dated April 10, 2020 which relaxed the circumstances when most employers...

Los Angeles Mayor Signs Two Ordinances Regulating Employer Rehire Processes [Alert]

May 22, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses two new ordinances in Los Angeles impacting employers reopening operations in L.A.

OSHA Does an Abrupt Turn In Issuing New Guidance on Recording COVID-19 [Alert]

May 21, 2020

Austin Dieter and John Ho discuss OSHA's most recent guidance on when employers need to record COVID-19 illnesses.

Governor Newsom Creates Rebuttable Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Eligibility [Alert]

May 11, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses California Governor's order and how it may impact employers.

Potential Pitfalls of Temperature Screenings [Alert]

April 24, 2020

Di Addy Tang, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss what employers need to consider before implementing temperature screenings of employees.

California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers [Alert]

April 17, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses the California governor's supplemental paid sick leave order, including which employers are impacted by it.

Los Angeles Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Order

April 10, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses Mayor Garcetti's order lifting the paid sick leave requirements for some mid-sized businesses in Los Angeles.

California COVID-19 Developments [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses local orders and ordinances in California that may impact employers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Governor Orders All Residents to Stay at Home [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Austin Dieter, David Hatch, and Brett Greving discuss Governor Newsome's order, who is exempt, and what services will remain available to Californians.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2015
  • University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, B.A., 2012
  • California