Drugs and Weed in The Workplace

Tuesday, March 27 , 2018
7:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave.
Concord, CA

Come hear what’s happening in the workplace:

  • Employer policies on medical and recreational marijuana use and other drugs
  • Pre-employment testing and drug conviction inquiries
  • Reasonable suspicion testing during employment
  • Federal/State Drug Free Workplace Act requirements
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation leaves of absence
  • Weed in the Workplace
    • Ross v. RagingWire Telecommunications
    • Zero Tolerance Policies

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Our Speakers

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Christy Kotowski
  • Christina Kotowski has provided practical and effective legal advice and representation to California employers of all sizes for nearly twenty years on a wide variety of topics. She is a member of the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, a Board Member for the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Law Section, and a Board Member of the NCHRA Contra Costa Chapter.
  • Christina M. Kotowski, Esq., Kotowski Law Firm – 2601 Blanding Ave. #C386, Alameda, CA 94501, christy@ kotowskilaw.com, www.kotowskilaw.com, (510) 748-0930 office,(510) 332-5349 mobile
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Christina Weed
  • Christina Weed, is a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego, Christina offers a unique combined focus on Business Law and Tax Law and helps advise her clients with respect to their businesses. Christina has helped draft proposed legislation related to California Tax Laws and has been published in the California Tax Lawyer magazine with the State Bar, as well as a number of other publications, including the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. Christina assists individuals and businesses with their tax law matters, and has assisted businesses in the cannabis industry, including audits, tax controversy, and federal search and seizure, throughout the East Bay. Christina is a co-founder of Weed Law, PC, which focuses on the unique business law issues that arise in the cannabis industry.
  • Christina Weed, Attorney, LL.M. Law Office of Christina Weed, 1655 N. Main Street, Suite 240, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, cweed@cwlawoffices.comhttp://cwlawoffices.com/, (925) 953-2920 office, (925) 301-8667 fax
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Lisa Mendes
  • Lisa J. Mendes is a licensed attorney, and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Lisa provides family law, civil harassment, and civil litigation legal services to the community. Lisa is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and the Robert G. McGrath Inn of Court. Lisa has helped draft proposed legislation for submission to the California Legislature. She’s been published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine, as well as distributes a monthly blog and newsletter pertaining to legal issues surrounding her practice areas. Lisa assists individuals with their complex family law matters, and civil harassment issues, as well as, represents individuals and businesses with their civil litigation issues. Lisa also assists businesses in the growing cannabis industry with proposals and business formation.Lisa is a co-founder of Weed Law, PC, which focuses on the unique business law issues that arise in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.
  • Lisa J. Mendes, Esq., Mendes Law, PC, 1655 N. Main Street, Suite 240 , Walnut Creek, CA 94596, (925) 979-5568 Office, (925) 241-4171 Fax, lisa@mendeslawca.comwww.mendeslawca.com, Se habla español

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Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520

This will be an interactive two-hour sexual harassment training with:

  • Current examples, dilemmas
  • Best practice strategies
  • Update on new laws/requirements including bullying, gender identity and gender expression, and social media issues.
  • Bring your current harassment policy and your complaint procedure and see how they compare to recommended policies.

This program will satisfy California training requirements for supervisors.
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Meet our Speakers:

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Andrea Kelly Smethurst

Andrea Kelly Smethurst

  • Andrea Kelly Smethurst is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. She regularly conducts outside workplace investigations into alleged employee misconduct for private and public employers of all sizes. Ms. Kelly Smethurst is fluent in Spanish.  In addition to conducting investigations, Ms. Kelly Smethurst also serves as an expert on workplace investigations, serves as an EEO Monitor, and provides employers with legal advice on personnel matters, employment practices, and policies. She represents employers in administrative matters before the DFEH, the EEOC, the DLSE, and the DOL.
  • Ms. Kelly Smethurst has trained supervisors, human resource professionals and employment attorneys through various organizations including the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Association of Workplace Investigators, the Practising Law Institute, the Northern California Human Resources Association, the Council on Education in Management, the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), Northern California Employers Roundtable, and the California Employers Advisory Council. Her articles have been published in the California Labor & Employment Law Review (an official publication of the State Bar of California), the California Business Law Practitioner, the Contra Costa Lawyer, and in the HR Bulletin.
  • andrea_a@andreakellylaw.com,  www.andreakellylaw.com   925-932-4955
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James Wu

James Y. Wu

  • James Y. Wu, is an Employment Law/HR Attorney with over 22 years of experience providing day-to-day advice and counsel to businesses of all sizes regarding employment law compliance and HR issues, including Employee Handbooks, policies, hiring, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, and employee termination. He helps employers comply with the complex maze of federal, state and local employment laws.
  • James also defends companies when they face claims from current or former employees, contractors, and government agencies. James is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). He is also a past President of the CCCBA’s Employment Law Section. James also served as the President of the Northern California Employment Roundtable (sponsored by the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing) for two years. James earned his BA and MA from Stanford University and his JD from Boston College Law School.
  • www.jameswulaw.com

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They’re a Manager, or Supervisor – Now What?

They’re a Manager, or Supervisor – Now What?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520

Moving out of labor and into management involves a change—from working with tools and objects to working with people and data. The change involves far more than just a shift in location and the tools they use. They are literally looking at a new craft, or trade and need to treat it as such. However, development as a manager is different than development as a trades-person.

Participants will learn:

  • Their job title does not determine their success
  • What it really means to be a supervisor or manager, no matter the industry
  • How to prepare, develop, and support your managers and supervisors
  • That the next level of success requires the next level of discipline
  • The essential elements of a successful manager or supervisor
  • About the special case of the working supervisor
  • That what got a person the position isn’t enough to keep the position
  • To understand the term “communication” and how essential it is
  • To understand what the phrase “safety begins with leadership” really means and tools to help them achieve that

Register Online Here:
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Meet Bart Gragg

Bart Gragg

Bart is founder of Blue Collar University® and the author of the upcoming book “I’m a Manager— Now What? How to Prepare, Develop and Support Your Blue Collar Manager.” Bart has worked in some of the toughest industries out there; from oil and gas exploration, to heavy industrial dismantling, as well as refinery and pipeline repair services. Bart understands first-hand the pain and frustration that managers and their managers feel when they have not been informed of their job responsibilities, or given the tools to complete the tasks at hand. Bart has a B.S. in Geology, is a Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst, holds the CHST (Construction Health and Safety Technician) and OHST (Occupational Health and Safety Technician) certificates, and is a Certified Executive One Page Business Plan consultant. His website is www.bluecollaru.com

Midyear Labor Law Legislative Update / Hot Topics

California Midyear Labor Law Legislative Update / Hot Topics

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
7:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520




We’re only halfway through the year, but 2018 has already been a busy one for California employers:

  • New California regulations
  • New Federal regulations
  • Let’s not forget about local ordinances, which continue to impose new and increasing requirements on employers.

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Meet the Speakers

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Michelle Ferber

Michelle Ferber

Michelle is an employment and business lawyer, defending employers in actions involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and business torts. Michelle is a highly skilled trial attorney and regularly appears before various state and federal governmental agencies. Michelle’s experience includes jury and bench trials, arbitrations, appellate arguments in both state and federal court and the defense of wage and hour class action lawsuits. As the founder of Ferber Law, Michelle and her team of attorneys can assist in all aspects of the employer relationship.

 In addition to her litigation practice, Michelle regularly advises clients on employment law issues in the workplace, including the proper handling of termination and discipline decisions, workplace accommodation issues, and leaves of absence. Michelle provides her clients with all the advice and litigation expertise they need to stay current and compliant in the ever changing landscape of employment laws and regulations, while recognizing the balance of business realities and economics.

 Michelle’s practice includes representation of clients throughout the state. In February 2016, she joined the firm of Nemecek & Cole as an Of Counsel attorney. Nemecek & Cole is recognized as a preeminent business litigation Southern California law firm. This relationship allows Michelle the flexibility to effectively represent her clients, regardless of geographic location.

 Michelle has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for both her legal skills and ethical standards. Michelle’s client base includes retailers, restaurants, medical and dental providers, trucking and moving companies, contractors, architects, attorneys, and non-profit organizations.

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Christopher Mead

Christopher Mead

Christopher J. Mead is a partner of Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, a 30-attorney general practice law firm founded in 1896, now with offices in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. Mr. Mead is chair of the firm’s Employment Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of employment counseling and litigation, disability access, and general business litigation. Mr. Mead has litigated employment disputes in the United States and California courts, as well before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board, and before appointed arbitrators and mediators. His employment law background includes defense and counseling regarding wage and hour claims on both individual and class bases; allegations of wrongful termination; claims of sexual harassment, and of race, color, sex, and age discrimination; prosecution and defense of trade secret, unfair competition, and employee mobility matters; disability, leave, and accommodation issues; and responses to claims of sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity discrimination.

Mr. Mead frequently speaks to legal and professional groups on employment law topics such as new employment statutes and regulations, wage and hour law, current issues in sexual harassment, employee discipline and termination, protection of trade secrets, and accommodations and barrier removal under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Mead attended Vermont’s Middlebury College, and received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He was a judicial extern for the late Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Mead joined Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in September 1984 and became a partner of the firm on January 1, 1991.

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