CAHR19 California Employment Law Track Preview

How have recent legislative changes affected California’s workplaces, and what do you need to know to best protect your organization? At the 2019 California HR Conference, we will cover all your most important HR questions with an entire track devoted to California Employment Law and all the vital current information your organization needs to remain compliant while navigating tricky nuances.

California is always on the cutting-edge of HR developments due to its complex and ever-changing legislative environment. What happens in California tends to spread throughout the United States – so you know what you learn here will help keep you ahead of the employment law curve!

Our California Employment Law track is designed to help make your life easier, so take look at the speakers and sessions in the track preview below, then register to attend today!

California Employment Law

Practicing HR in California is a constantly moving target. Invest in these sessions for California-specific content, recertification credit, and more.

Managing the Biggest Hurdles for California Employers in the Current Economy
Sunday, 8/25/2019 from 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Presented by Jonathan Segel
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Strategic

Recruitment, hiring and retention of talent are the largest hurdles for California employers and in an economy with record low unemployment, employers are being challenged in new ways. Learn to be a strategic business partner in an era of cannabis at work, ban the box legislation, equal pay strategies and a movement to hire the recently incarcerated. Understand the employment law challenges inherent in incorporating new tools and resources to proactively address your recruitment, hiring and retention strategies.

Managing Employee's Off Duty Conduct: The Do's and Don'ts
Sunday, 8/25/2019 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Presented by Jennifer Suberlak
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Strategic

This session will examine case law, legislation, and guidance regarding the extent to which an employer may make personnel decisions based on employees’ conduct outside of work. Discussion topics will include social media, drug and alcohol use, political and/or social engagement, and personal and/or romantic relationships.

Wage and Hour Bombshells
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am
Presented by William Betley
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Foundational

Practical insights into how changes of federal overtime exemptions, independent contractors, and de minimis rules are impacting California workplaces, Recap recent Supreme Court, Circuit Court and District Court decisions, and proven tactics for countering claims and much more.

The Five Ws (and How) of Workplace Investigations
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 11:15am – 12:30pm
Presented by Jennifer Komsky
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Foundational

What do you do when you receive a complaint from an employee, whether you consider it well-founded or not? Such a situation places the company in a perilous position and the law places certain obligations on the company to investigate the complaint. Attendees will learn the investigator’s role in the process and the proper way to conduct the investigation (including how to avoid the most common mistakes made by employers in conducting workplace investigations.) Participants will also acquire skills to reduce the risk of having the investigation leading to litigation, including steps to take before, during and after the investigation. Attendees will also be provided with tips and samples for documenting investigative interviews and preparing the investigative report.

Legalities of the 24-7 Workplace
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Presented by Brian Nagatani
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Strategic

The proliferation of computers, PDAs, other electronic devices, and telecommuting means that work follows you everywhere. This creates numerous complexities with respect to employment law compliance. Companies need to worry about how to compensate non-exempt employees who work outside the office. What happens when a non-exempt employee checks email for two minutes on an iPhone over the weekend? Because of the mass use of PDAs, companies always expect employees to be available. When must an employer compensate an employee for on-call time? Do employers need to reimburse employees for the cost of their PDAs and monthly bills? Cell phone use on the road raises separate risks. What happens if an employee gets in an accident while talking on a cell phone? Who is liable? Finally, telecommuting raises its own set of separate issues. What precautions do employers need to take with employees who are working from home? This session will cover all of these developing issues that are now critical to think about due to the 24-7 workplace.

Getting Down & Dirty with the Interactive Process
Monday, 8/26/2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Presented by Nancy Yaffee
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

California law requires employers to engage in a good faith interactive process when an employee has a disability. This sounds easy, but it is not! Lawsuits abound when steps in the interactive process are missed or are poorly documented. Attend this session to learn the in’s-and-out’s and the do’s-and-don’ts of the interactive process. Learn from mistakes of others with real-life, entertaining, and engaging hypotheticals.

Leave Laws & Benefits
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am
Presented by Marilyn Monahan
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

California HR professionals have to master the complexities of a number of overlapping leave laws. This program focuses on the administer health benefits during leaves, including leaves under FMLA, CFRA, PDL, and USERRA. The program will address which benefits employers must offer, for how long, and who has to pay for them. Designed to answer common questions, this program will include examples, best practices, and action items.

Seeing 20/20 in 2020: A Look at the New Employment Laws Coming Next Year
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 11:15am – 12:30pm
Presented by Kelly Scott
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

This presentation will cover the recent legislative developments likely to become law in 2020, as well as the year’s most important case law to date that is sure to change your business practices for 2020 and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare yourself for compliance… because hindsight is not a strategy.

ADA, Workers Compensation and Return to Work: Handling Complex Leave Issues
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Presented by Lisa Aguilar
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

Handling leave issues and returning employees to work following a workers compensation injury, a disability, or a non-industrial injury is tricky. What leave laws are employees entitled to? How does an employer administer the leave? Who is responsible the TPA or the employer? Both workers compensation laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to return to work scenarios and sometimes the requirements appear contradictory.

Call Me Caitlyn: Navigating the New Transgender Workplace
Tuesday, 8/27/2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Presented by Joan Cochran
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Foundational

As public awareness surrounding transgender individuals has increased, so have transgender issues in the workplace. A study conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights revealed that virtually all transgender employees experience harassment or mistreatment on the job. The study also showed that many transgender employees were forced to use restrooms that did not match their gender identity, were told to dress and act like a different gender than their own or they would lose their job, or had their private information divulged without permission. This presentation is intended to provide an up- to-date and comprehensive overview of the legal protections afforded to transgender employees in California. As transgender awareness is increasing, so will lawsuits regarding discrimination and harassment against transgender individuals. This discussion will provide human resources professionals with a basic understanding of transgender laws and how to handle claims brought under those laws which are continuously evolving.

Disability Accommodation Law & Practice for California Employers in 2019
Wednesday, 8/28/2019 from 7:30am – 8:45am
Presented by Richard Falcone
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

Accommodating employee disabilities is a seemingly endless waltz fraught with the opportunity for a misstep at every turn. The goal and purpose of this session is to:
1. Provide an update on the current state of the law impacting California employers when addressing employee disability claims.
2. Identify and discuss the 8 Steps to managing disability accommodations and the interactive process.
3. Identify and address common missteps in the interactive process and how to get back “in- step.”
4. Review checklists and forms that assist in the interactive process. [Includes Handouts.]

Reasonable Accommodation - From The Employer And Attorney Perspective
Wednesday, 8/28/2019 from 9:00am – 10:15am
Presented by Nicole Minkow
Track: California Employment Law
Credit: California-specific | Learning Level: Applied

Does the Interactive Process frustrate you? You are not alone. What the employer may deem as a reasonable accommodation to support its business needs may vary greatly from what legal practitioners may recommend. With the recent trends in litigation over employers’ failures to comply with their obligations to engage in the interactive process in the rise, it is now even more important that company executives and HR professionals fully understand what’s required of them under the law.

Hear this unique seminar form the perspective of both the employer and the legal practitioner. Our experts will take you through an interactive discussion that covers:

  • The current state of the law
  • When an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation
  • Components of the interactive process
  • Limits to the employer’s duty to accommodate
  • What constitutes undue hardship issues
  • Best practices to protect your business

CAHR19 Keynote Speakers

Learn from World-Class Experts

Wednesday Keynote

CEO, Clovyr, former Blockchain Program Lead at JP Morgan 

Tuesday Keynote

Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School & Bestselling Author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Monday Keynote

Bestselling Author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell is Human and Drive

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