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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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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2019 Employment Law News and Update

Prepare for the New Rules in the New Year

2019 Employment Law News and Update
— California State and Federal

Find out what are the new employment laws, bills signed, and updates that will impact how you:

  • Recruit and hire talent
  • Manage diverse employee needs
  • Compensate employees
  • Prevent sexual harassment
  • Develop and execute policies and procedures

Meet The Speaker

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel

Yen Chau is a  member of the firm’s Employment practice group, Senior Counsel Yen Chau handles a variety of employment-related matters. Her experience includes virtually all aspects of employee-employer relations. Yen is also a registered patent attorney and is based in our Oakland office.

A Valuable Asset to Employers

A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving alleged FEHA/Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative boards and the appellate courts. She has significant experience advising clients on performance management, disability accommodation, non-competes, and other issues associated with the terms and conditions of employment. A guiding force and advocate for her employer clients, Yen provides advice and guidance to avoid potential pitfalls, drafts employment handbooks, and designs processes to ensure legal compliance while minimizing risk and expense.

Letters of the Law

As a knowledgeable author and speaker, Yen presents and writes on labor and employment topics. Since 2014, she has served on the Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Section, and in 2017 was President of the Board.

Before Donahue Fitzgerald

Prior to joining the firm, Yen handled a wide range of employment and commercial litigation cases including corporate dissolution, will and trust contests, professional malpractice, toxic torts, and personal injury and wrongful death actions. She has a strong scientific background and has worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.

Affiliations

  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • President, Employment Section, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Scholarship

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2002
    • UCLA Intellectual Property Journal, Articles Editor
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Recent News/Articles

Past News/Articles

  • “California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the
    Way to a Rise in Pay?” Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, July 2017
  • “Admissibility of Immigration Status in Employment and Personal Injury Cases,” Contra
    Costa Lawyer Magazine, September 2014

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, San Rafael, CA, December 13, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Walnut Creek, CA, December 11, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Berkeley, CA, December 6, 2018

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Legal Administrators, East Bay, Yearly Update, January 2018
  • 2018 Annual Case and Statutory Update, January 2018
  • CCBA MCLE Spectacular on CA and Federal Leave Laws, November 2017
  • Retaliation in the Workplace: 2014 Statutory Updates, Speaker, March 6, 2014

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-3300
ychau@donahue.com