2013 Employment Law Conference ~ Rethinking the Future

Program: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Ramada University Hotel

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A Unique Learning Opportunity for California Employers...

Welcome 2013 Guest Speakers:

Dr. Esmael Adibi, Director, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research

Jennifer Barrera, Policy Advocate, California Chamber of Commerce

Join us for the 2013 Employment Law Conference ~ Rethinking the Future to reflect on the new forces reshaping the employment environment in California. As traditional boundaries blur and old rules of management no longer apply, our Conference will provide fresh insight on how to take advantage of tomorrow’s opportunities.

The Employment Law Conference has for nearly 15 years provided outstanding programs of interest to human resources professionals, corporate counsel, administrative personnel and others charged with effectively managing employee relations. The unique design of the conference is the result of experience and planning by our events staff and lawyers who represent the full spectrum of the practice area. Our conference venue, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, is the Southland's premier performing arts and conference facility, offering a great location to exchange ideas, identify best practices and Improve processes.

The Conference has developed quite a reputation for excellence, enabling us to attract top experts year after year. Our most recent guest speakers include: Dr. Esmael Adibi, Director, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research; Honorable Ming W. Chin, California Supreme Court Justice; Michael Josephson, Josephson Institute of Ethics and "Character Counts!" radio program; and various department heads from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing; the Employment Development Department; California Chamber of Commerce, and the NLRB.

Back by popular demand, Dr. Esmael Adibi will again join our conference to provide a fact-filled economic forecast for California and the nation. The conference welcomes Jennifer Barrera in 2013.  Ms. Barrera is a policy advocate for labor and employment and taxation issues with the California Chamber of Commerce.

Our Conference is held every year In March and the 2013 conference takes place on March 28th. Attendance at the Conference will enrich your professional knowledge and relationships and provide an opportunity to speak directly with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo employment attorneys. Conference materials are excellent resources throughout the year.

The 2013 Conference has been submitted for six general HRCI credits and qualifies for six MCLE credits.

March 28, 2013

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Registration Fee:

$159 per person or $139 two or more from same organization or AALRR client.


General Session I:

8:30-9:45 a.m. (CCPA - Main Stage)  Dr. Esmael Adibi, Director, Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, will provide a fact-filled economic forecast for California and the nation.

Morning Breakout Session  1

10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) A Real World Workplace Violence & Harassment Investigation.  Join our panel discussion on threat  assessments and responding to critical situations at your workplace. Special guests include: Manny Tau., Psy.D. (The Baron Center) & Monica Ballard (Parallax Education).

Morning Breakout Session  2

10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Tides of Change in Wage & Hour: Now What? Even small monetary dollar violations can lead to expensive class action claims for unpaid wages. This session will cover trends, employer missteps, and tips to reduce claims.

Morning Breakout Session  3

10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Back to the Future: Disability Accommodation in Real Life. Accommodations and the Interactive Process in the wake of the ADAAA and the EEOC’s scrutiny of employers’ leave policies; throw in medical marijuana and what is an employer to do? Learn how to properly assess disability issues in the workplace.

Morning Breakout Session  4

10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Yours Mine & Ours: Quasi-Employees. Learn the rules behind independent contractor vs. employee  classification and the impact of temporary employees in the workplace. Receive practical information to avoid costly mistakes.

Morning Breakout Session  5

11:15-12:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Non-Traditional Discrimination Claims.  Today’s multi-cultural, multi-national workplace differences can result in complicated expensive litigation. Recognize potential issues and understand new legislative requirements before they become litigation nightmares.

Morning Breakout Session  6

11:15-12:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Cyberspace in the Workplace: Social Media Madness. Keep pace with the changing landscape and legal pitfalls concerning social media in the workplace. Explore the legal and business issues employers must understand including AB 884 and the NLRB persistence in protecting employees’ rights.

Morning Breakout Session  7

11:15-12:00 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Outsourcing: Risks and Rewards. As the economic recession lingers, public agencies continue to search for ways to reduce costs. Outsourcing can result in substantial savings, but public agencies must fully understand the statutory, contractual, and bargaining issues that arise before embarking on this journey.

Morning Breakout Session  8

11:15-12:00 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Lessons Learned! The Real World of Leaves.  The FMLA/CFRA is a constant in the lives of HR professionals. With increased agency review, proper implementation of leave laws is critical. Join us as we simplify the requirements of complicated workplace leaves.

Afternoon Breakout Session  9

1:15-2:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) The Changing Landscape of Health Care Reform.  This session will provide an overview of the reform journey and discuss key components, facts and provisions of this law. Understand upcoming reporting, timelines, Pay or Play rules, penalties, and other requirements.

Afternoon Breakout Session  10

1:15-2:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) The First 48 Hours. What you do within the first 48 hours of receiving a lawsuit can be the difference between winning or losing in litigation.  Learn the critical steps you should take when you receive a lawsuit or claim of any kind to position your company for success and limit liability.

Afternoon Breakout Session  11

1:15-2:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) Behind the Front Lines: The NLRB’s Assault on Your HR Department.  Is your at-will employment policy unlawful?  Can you regulate use of social media?  Should you channel employees’ claims into arbitration?  The NLRB is taking bold steps to protect employees’ concerted activity, with or without a union, and bringing turmoil to the HR world.  Learn about the latest developments affecting your business.

Afternoon Breakout Session  12

1:15-2:15 p.m. (Cerritos Sheraton) The Changing Nature of Work: Data Security & Privacy. One of the greatest challenges organizations now face is maintaining data security and privacy in the workplace. Receive proactive guidance to avoid the pitfalls associated with this complicated issue.

General Session II:

2:30-3:30 p.m. (CCPA - Main Stage) Jennifer Barrera, Policy Advocate, California Chamber of Commerce, will provide a practical guide and overview of legislative trends in California. Stay in front of the latest legislative issues pending at the state.

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