California Legal & Legislative Conference (Mountain View 2018)
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California Legal & Legislative Conference (Mountain View 2018)

Hear from a wide array of experts on topics relating to you and your responsibilities in HR at this end-of-the-year conference. This event has proven to be very popular over the years and sells out quickly, so save your spot today. Earn 6.25 recertification credits from participating.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018
From 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Space generously donated by Vita Benefits Group
900 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, California  94043
United States
Contact: 800-339-4481

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California Legal & Legislative Conference 2018

Thursday, December 13
Registration 8:00 - 8:20 am 
Program 8:20am - 4:30 pm

Qualifies for 6.25 California/General HRCI Recertification Credits and 6.25 SHRM PDCs

Price: Member $245 / General $295 / Join Now (includes a 1-year membership) $429.97

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8:30am - 9:30am: Key Employment Decisions and Legislative Update, Doug Farmer, Partner, Ogletree Deakins

Going into 2019, there will be no shortage of new employment legislation and key court decisions that will significantly impact the way employers do business in California. In this session, one of California's leading employment attorneys we will provide an overview of key employment legislation for 2019, in addition to the court decisions impacting your business going into the new year. The program will emphasize practical steps you should take in order to comply with the latest legal developments. Topics include new requirements for the calculation of employee bonuses, California’s new law requiring women on boards of directors, harassment and equal pay developments, new (and harder) tests for use of independent contractors, how to protect your company using class action waivers, steps to prevent off-the-clock work and timekeeping violations, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarity with new employment legislation taking effect January 1, 2019 and court decisions impacting their businesses;
  • Understanding of the practical steps necessary to comply with new legislation and court decisions
9:45am - 11:15am: Employee Benefits in 2018 and Beyond, Liliana Salazar, Esq., Chief Compliance Officer, Western Region, Employee Benefits, HUB International Insurance Services Inc.

Be prepared for the new risks employers will face in 2019. Learn what’s new, what’s changing, and what risks things like IRS enforcement action, affordability safe harbors, and ACA reporting may bring. Get informed about wellness program developments and the new challenges in 2019, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act compliance, and best practices regarding Dept of Labor (DOL) / IRS audits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know your obligations related to healthcare reform-what changed, what stayed the same, and what dates you need to know
  • Know your benefits compliance obligations! Learn which laws apply to you based on your company’s benefit offerings
  • Know your vendors - what to ask and how to get the information you truly need
11:30am - 12:45pm: Trade Secrets, Whistleblowing, and Confidentiality, Thomas F. Fitzpatrick, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Yes, it can happen to you. This session outlines measures for protecting your employer from data breaches, theft and loss of its intellectual property(IP) by creating a culture that values data security with specifics regarding on-boarding and exiting employees, physical security, IT, third party data security and competitive intelligence. We will discuss trade secret laws, including the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Other topics will include disclosures for whistleblowers and how to prepare to be a good plaintiff and defendant.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be ready by creating and maintaining a corporate culture that values intellectual property and confidentiality
  • Be aware of how to protect the perimeter when the perimeter is people- the evolution of a coherent IP management system
  • Protect your team by classifying and prioritizing trade secrets and implementing a trade secret protection program
  • Embrace new technologies that allow better compliance throughout the employee lifecycle


12:45pm - 1:45pm: Networking Lunch Provided


1:45pm - 3:00pm: Understanding California's New Developments and Trends in Wage and Hour Laws, Susan Bishop, Partner, Berliner Cohen LLP

In today's business world, differing labor and employment relationship laws are found at all levels of government—federal, state, county and even city. Making sense of these oftentimes conflicting requirements is a challenge for today’s employers. This presentation will provide tips on how to lawfully pay employees and contractors in California. Covered topics include independent contractor guidelines, de minimis time, and other new and developing wage and hour issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss new cases and laws that impact wage and hour issues in California
  • Learn how to review your existing wage and hour practices
  • Develop a compliance plan with action items to take back to the office

3:15pm - 4:30pm: Gender Discrimination and Harassment In the #MeToo Era, Walter Stella, Partner, Miller Law Group

The #MeToo movement has cast a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace.   That spotlight is shaping public opinion, which in turn, is influencing the best practices employers follow, as well as the policies they implement. Recent developments include: an expansion of the definition of gender itself; new detailed requirements for harassment policies;  new topics that must be covered in trainings; alterations in the tax treatment of sexual harassment settlements; carve outs for arbitration and confidentiality clauses covering sexual harassment claims; the adoption of more restrictive pay equity laws, including laws that prohibit an employer from inquiring about a candidate’s current compensation, and more.  We will examine these developments and the best practices employers must follow to reduce the legal risks these new laws present.   

Learning objectives:

  • Recent legal developments regarding gender discrimination and harassment
  • How these legal developments affect workplace obligations for employers and HR professionals
  • Best practices to comply with the legal changes facing employers




Susan Bishop, Partner, Berliner Cohen LLP
Ms. Bishop’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Ms. Bishop advises clients in a wide range of industries, including high tech and the medical field.

Doug Farmer, Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Mr. Farmer is a partner in the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s largest management side employment law firms. He has served as lead defense counsel to major California employers in more than a hundred wage and hour class actions, and has tried to verdict a wide variety of employment cases in state and federal courts. Mr. Farmer has been recognized as one of California’s leading employment lawyers in a variety of peer review publications, including Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Super Lawyers (Northern California). His book, California Employment Law (, is widely used by in-house counsel and human resources executives throughout the United States.

Thomas F. Fitzpatrick, Partner, Co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Thomas F. Fitzpatrick is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Silicon Valley office. Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, technology licensing and other related disputes. Most recently, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully represented internationally based and publicly traded companies in the computer database, telecommunications, semiconductor, Internet and power supply industries.

Liliana Salazar, Esq, Chief Compliance Officer, Western Region, HUB International Insurance Services, Inc.

As Chief Compliance Officer for the Western Region for HUB International Limited, Liliana is responsible for addressing employers’ health and welfare responsibilities under federal and state laws and city ordinances. She works closely with HUB’s service teams and clients to develop short- and long-term strategies that will allow clients to remain in compliance while addressing clients’ financial and human capital needs. Liliana is a regular speaker at national and state conferences sponsored by private and public employers, employee benefit chapters, and HR associations and is also a regular contributor to national and regional employee benefit publications.

Walter Stella, Partner, Miller Law Group

From advice and counseling, to complex transactional matters and litigation, Walter is the go-to lawyer—and business partner—for clients with challenging employment issues. Drawing on 25+ years of employment law experience, he provides practical solutions that minimize legal exposure for businesses in a heavily regulated employment environment. Walter is recognized as a thought leader on California employment law topics. He has been a guest on KQED radio programs and served as a contributing author for Aspatore’s Thought Leadership series on Employment Law. He’s also been selected for the list of Best Lawyers in America since 2013 and Northern California Super Lawyers since 2014.



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). 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.