With an onslaught of new, complex legislative developments, administrative agency regulations and enforcement activity affecting your day-to-day operations, staying up to speed has never been more critical. At our 2013 Legal and Legislative Conference, leading employment law experts provide necessary information and practical steps for keeping your organization in compliance and avoiding legal issues.
Last year’s attendees said:
“The conference was very helpful. Just the right amount of material and I liked the fast pace.”
“It was an excellent "mix" of presenters. Professional, good senses of humor, knowledgeable.”
“Walter Stella is always so good and lay-person friendly!”
“Brian Ashe is a great presenter, very interactive.”
8:00-8:30am: Registration and Opening Remarks
8:30-9:30am: Employment Law Update
Legislature, on both the state and federal levels, passed many new laws that will continue to challenge employers. Examine new legislation that will affect employers and get practical solutions for compliance. We’ll discuss key case law and regulatory developments of 2012, as well as significant changes to expect in 2013. Topics include, but are not limited to: wage and hour; minimizing the increased risks associated with independent contractors; discrimination and wrongful termination; meal and rest period requirements; managing leaves of absence; and NLRB developments.
Presenters: Brian Ashe, Partner, and Soo Cho, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
9:45-11:00am: Wage and Hour: Trends & Tactics for California Employers
Wage and hour litigation continues to pick up steam in California and federal state courts, and on an almost daily basis there's news of another multimillion-dollar settlement and new class actions filed. Get up to speed on the latest wage and hour developments and trends, including a review of recent wage and hour court decisions, new legislation for 2013, and practical tips to help you avoid being the next target of a lawsuit. Specifically, we’ll cover commission agreements and wage agreements, “suitable seating” lawsuits, penalties for wage violations, independent contractor classification, and much more.
Presenter: Walter Stella, Shareholder, Miller Law Group
11:15am-12:30pm: Successfully Navigating the LOA Interplay
The interplay between disability discrimination and leave of absence laws creates huge headaches for Human Resources professionals. Learn the basic legal principles (including the new FMLA military leave law and the final FMLA regulations) and how to apply them to real-world situations. What is an “interactive process?” What are essential job functions? When can you stop granting extensions? What about worker’s compensation or short-term disability? Get practical tools, including checklists, charts and sample forms for creating an effective and compliant leave administration program.
Presenter: Jennifer Brown Shaw, Partner, Shaw Valenza LLP
12:30-1:45pm: Networking Lunch
1:45-3:00pm: Information Explosion! Managing the Risks of Social Media in the Workplace
Social media applications such as blogs, social networking, and video sharing are now used by employees in almost every workplace. The misuse of social media poses severe risks for employers, from sharing confidential company information to disparaging co-workers on a blog. Regardless of whether employees are posting at home or during working hours, employers may face legal liability. Discover what guidance the NLRB gives regarding social media policies, and find out how to deal with issues surrounding employee privacy, hiring practices and social media, employee personal use of employer and employee devices and the implications of employee blogging.
Presenter: Karen Reinhold, Of Counsel, Hopkins & Carley
3:15-4:30pm: Current Trends in Labor Law and Union Organizing
Labor laws and the way they are interpreted are changing. Exploiting the changes and current interpretations of labor laws, unions are now utilizing more creative approaches to organize new members. Organizations that do not understand these current trends and that cannot legally and appropriately respond, make themselves more vulnerable to third party intervention. Gain a better understanding of the NLRB's current approach to interpreting and enforcing labor laws, learn the latest tactics unions are using to target employers and gain new members, and use valuable tools to assess and reduce your organization’s vulnerability to third party intervention.
Presenters: Rich Hill, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, and Greg Passant, SPHR, VP Labor Relations Strategy, Cruz & Associates
About the Presenters
Brian T. Ashe, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are employment litigation, employment class actions and counseling. Mr. Ashe defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions, discrimination litigation, multi-party trade secret cases, and multi-party contract litigation. He counsels clients in various aspects of human resources management, including employee privacy, employee discipline, wrongful discharge, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Ashe’s counseling practice focuses on prevention and artful business strategy. In 2012, Mr. Ashe was named by Legal 500 as one of America’s leading employment litigation lawyers. They reported one of Mr. Ashe’s clients describing him as "the most effective labor and employment counsel with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working."
Soo Cho, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Her practice includes all aspects of state and federal employment litigation, including employment discrimination claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Ms. Cho also litigates single-plaintiff, class and collective actions concerning violations of the California Labor Code and/or the Fair Labor Standards Act. Her experience includes litigation; breach of contract; internal investigations regarding whistleblower claims and securities compliance; and trade secrets. Ms. Cho also provides counseling to clients including reviewing employer policies for compliance under state and federal law.
Richard Hill is an attorney and Shareholder with Littler Mendelson. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and then went on to receive his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Richard has practiced labor and employment law exclusively since graduating from law school in 1978. He represents employers in union organizing campaigns and elections, negotiates collective bargaining agreements, handles arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges and counsels nonunion employers how to avoid unionization. Among other things, Richard has served as a Trustee for Taft-Hartley Health & Welfare and Pension Funds more than 20 years. Richard appears regularly in state and federal courts and has argued before the United States Supreme Court.
Greg Passant is VP Labor Relations Strategy for Cruz & Associates. His undergraduate degree is in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island where he also concentrated in Communications. He did post graduate work in Management/Labor Relations at Cal Berkeley completing the program with honors. Greg is also a Senior Professional of Human Resources. Starting his career with a major AFL-CIO union, first as a union organizer, and later as a business agent gave Greg a unique insight into labor and employee relations Greg consults to a wide variety of organizations ranging in size from private entrepreneurial to Fortune 100 companies. He specializes in helping resolve complex employee relations issues. He also works with clients to develop strategies and programs to avoid the problems that lead to employee dissatisfaction and the kind of breakdowns in employee/management relationships that can lead to bigger problems.
Karen Reinhold is an experienced employment and trial lawyer with a unique perspective. She joined Hopkins & Carley in 2009 after serving as in-house counsel to a global leader in satellite technology. Both private and public corporations seek her advice on complex employment matters as well as her representation in employment-related cases. Employers seek Karen’s advice and counsel on the full range of employment-related issues including employee mobility, trade-secret issues, wage and hour disputes, discrimination issues, wrongful termination, and compliance with the FMLA, ADA, FLSA and other state and federal laws.
Jennifer Brown Shaw is a founding partner of Shaw Valenza LLP. A well-respected expert in employment law for almost 20 years, employers rely on Jennifer to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues. She is a trusted advisor to HR professionals and leadership teams in a wide variety of organizations and industries. Jennifer has developed a national reputation for providing innovative and entertaining workplace training to management and non-supervisory employees. She knows that the most important part of training is the trainer. She uses case studies, audience participation, and storytelling to bring employment law to life. Through private, on-site sessions; open public sessions; and webinars, she trains approximately 10,000 people each year.
Walter Stella, Esq., Miller Law Group, has over 20 years’ experience representing companies in all aspects of employment law and related litigation, including wage and hour class actions and suits involving trade secret theft, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. He also routinely counsels clients on employment law matters, provides advice on employment issues arising from complex business transactions, and negotiates employee benefits and employment agreements on behalf of companies and executives. Mr. Stella is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, including as a guest lecturer at U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business, and he is consistently rated among the top speakers at conferences sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Northern California Human Resource Association. In addition, Mr. Stella is the employment law columnist for the Northern California Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Cancellations received less than seven calendar days from the program date are not refundable. If cancellation within seven days of the program is unavoidable, a credit for a future event will be granted, minus a $75 administration fee ($15 for regional meetings and Webinars). Credits must be used within one year of issue. A substitute attendee is allowed at the applicable NCHRA member/non-member rate in lieu of credit. Separate cancellation policies apply for the HR West Conference and Certification Preparation Courses.