Legal and Legislative Conference (San Francisco)
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Legal and Legislative Conference (San Francisco)

Join top labor law attorneys for an eye-opening look at the legislative & regulatory changes expected to impact your business in 2015. From California’s unique legal landscape to at-will employment and digital age policies, there is much to be done to minimize your organization’s risk. Get effective tools and resources to stay compliant and ahead of the curve.

When: Friday, December 12, 2014
From 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, California  94102
United States
Contact: 415-291-1992

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Conference Details

Qualifies for 6 General/MCLE/3.5 CA Recertification Credits (pending approval)


Registration: NCHRA Members $295 / General $380 (Conference Registration includes SHRM Town Hall, Bonus Washington Outlook and Breakfast)

OR Attend Complimentary SHRM Town Hall, Washington Outlook and Breakfast Only. Click Register to RSVP (required)


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Join top labor law attorneys for an eye-opening look at the legislative & regulatory changes expected to impact your business in 2015. From California’s unique legal landscape to at-will employment and digital age policies, there is much to be done to minimize your organization’s risk. Get effective tools and resources to stay compliant and ahead of the curve.

Our Generous Sponsors


7:15 - 7:30am: Registration for Town Hall

7:30 – 8:15am: SHRM Town Hall & Breakfast
Jon Decoteau, Divisional Director – West, and Mike Aitken, Vice President Government Affairs, SHRM

SHRM has developed a new HR Certification — SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP — based on the competencies required to be an effective HR professional. Attend a special presentation about the new certification, and learn how the exam will assess both behavioral competencies and HR technical expertise and knowledge. In this special presentation, you’ll get an overview of what to expect, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

8:15 – 8:45am: Conference Registration & Opening Remarks

Bonus Session! 8:45 – 10:00am: Washington Outlook
Michael Aitken, Vice President Government Affairs, SHRM

The workplace regulatory agenda and HR public policy initiatives recently passed by the President and Congress are having a real impact on the workplace. Find out how key issues such as deficit reduction, tax reform and immigration reform affect employer-sponsored health care, as well as pension and fringe benefit plans. You’ll leave the session with an up-to-date analysis of current federal regulatory activity.

10:00 – 10:15am: Break

10:15 – 11:30am: Demystifying At-Will Employment
Katarzyne (Kasia) Nowak, Associate, Fisher & Phillips Attorneys at Law LLP

Employers have traditionally relied upon the at-will doctrine, which allows either the employer or employee to terminate the work relationship with or without notice or cause. Is this doctrine simply a myth? Using recent cases to identify the current legal landscape, you’ll explore whether this doctrine is indeed a myth and examine theoretical approaches to implementation.

11:30 - 11:45am: Break 

11:45am – 1:00pm: Forming Appropriate Policies for the Digital Age
Doug Dexter, Partner, Farella Braun & Martel LLP and Chandra Russell, Associate, Farella Braun & Martel LLP

Today’s employees use company computers and phones as their primary devices, mixing private matters with proprietary information. How much must the employer ignore, and how much can it explore? Unravel this legal thicket with some practical principles and boundaries, including forming legally appropriate policies regarding social network use and review, use of company network and devices for personal matters, and data protection.

1:00 – 2:00pm: Networking Lunch Sponsored by Bauer's Intelligent Transportation

2:00 – 3:15pm: Knock, Knock: Who’s There? Preparing for a Regulatory Audit
Bruce Sarchet, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson and Kai-Ching Cha, Associate, Littler Mendelson

All human resources professionals recognize the likelihood of a regulatory audit. However, with the day-to-day demands of the job, it is difficult to find the time to think about and adequately prepare for such a review before the investigator arrives at the door. Use Littler’s proprietary self-audit tool to identify potential employment and labor law vulnerabilities in your organization, and identify strategies and next practices for compliance.
3:15 – 3:30pm: Break

3:30 – 4:30pm: 2015 California Employment Law Landscape
Mary Wang, Esq., Brian Nagatani and Ray Hixson, Partners, Hixson Nagatani LLP

Find out about legal requirements imposed by California’s new laws and developments for 2015, including modifying anti-harassment training to include prevention of “abusive conduct,” updating sick leave and PTO policies, amending leave practices under anticipated new CFRA regulations, reimbursing employees’ for business use of personal cell phones, and much more. Analyze how these laws and developments affect your operations and leave the session ready to take proactive steps to comply.

About the Presenters

Michael A. Aitken, Vice President Government Affairs, SHRM
Mike Aitken joined the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2003 and since then he has been responsible for all SHRM governmental affairs endeavors. With over 20 years of experience working on workplace and workforce issues, Mike is a leading authority on issues important to the human resource profession. Prior to joining SHRM, Mike spent 14 years with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), which represents the human resource professionals at 1,900 higher education institutions. Mike currently serves as a board member for the Association of Government Relations Professionals and OpenWork. He is also a member of the National Selection Board of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.

Kai-Ching Cha, Associate, Littler Mendelson

Kai-Ching Cha advises and represents a wide variety of employers in a broad range of employment law matters in state and federal courts and before the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Kai-Ching also has experience in defending wage and hour class actions. For example, Kai-Ching has defended clients in class actions involving California meal and rest period claims, unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, misclassification, and donning and doffing claims. After graduating from law school, Kai-Ching was an associate for three years at a top ranked national corporate and securities law firm and worked in their Corporate and Employment Litigation departments. During law school, she was notes and comments editor of the Law Review.

Doug Dexter, Partner, Farella Braun & Martel LLP
Doug Dexter is a partner and chair of the Employment Practice Group. He has spent 30 years advising employers on implementing sound business policies and reducing the threat of employment litigation and workplace conflict. Mr. Dexter has successfully represented employers before arbitrators, juries, administrative agencies and appellate courts on a variety of employment law topics. He also represents executives in negotiating compensation and severance agreements. Mr. Dexter currently serves on the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section. He has served that Section as co-chair of both its 5th Annual CLE Conference and its Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee. He has also served as president of the Northern California Human Resources Association. Mr. Dexter is an editor of the Rutter Group Employment Litigation Practice.

Ray Hixson, Partner and Co-Founder, Hixson Nagatani LLP
Ray Hixson co-founded Hixson Nagatani with Brian Nagatani in September 2008. Hixson Nagatani is a boutique employment law firm that provides proactive advice and representation to employers on legal compliance, including sick leave and other paid time off policies. Prior to Hixson Nagatani, Ray Hixson was a partner at Fenwick & West, and also a partner at Heller Ehrman. In 2014, Super Lawyers magazine recognized Ray as a “Super Lawyer” — an honor limited to a small percentage of attorneys rated in the top of their field. Ray has enjoyed this honor every year since 2009.

Brian Nagatani, Partner and Co-Founder, Hixson Nagatani LLP
Brian K. Nagatani is a partner at Hixson Nagatani LLP in Santa Clara, California. He provides preventive counseling to employers on a broad range of issues including hiring and termination decisions and personnel policy decisions. He also represents employers before state and federal courts in employment litigation matters.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Nowak, Associate, Fisher & Phillips Attorneys at Law
Kasia Nowak is an associate in the San Francisco office. Her practice involves employment-related litigation, including defending employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other torts. She has represented public companies, private companies and individuals in a wide variety of employment matters, in both state and federal courts, and before various state and federal agencies. She has appellate experience, including handling cases before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit. Kasia also advises employers on all aspects of the employment process. In addition, she routinely provides sexual harassment and management training, as well as employee training. Kasia was selected for inclusion in 2013 and 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.

Chandra Russell, Associate, Farella Braun & Martel LLP
Chandra Russell is an associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Employment, Business Litigation and White Collar Crime practices. Ms. Russell has broad experience representing individuals and corporations in complex litigation, mediation, and trial in both state and federal courts. Her practice has included high-profile, employment, contractual, intellectual property, product liability, and white collar matters. Ms. Russell represents and advises employers on legal issues including wage and hour compliance, workplace environment, discrimination, performance management, workplace policies, and trade secret protection. She has appeared on behalf of clients before both administrative agencies and courts. Ms. Russell has also maintained an active pro bono practice, assisting with employment issues and civil rights violations.

Bruce Sarchet, Partner, Littler Mendelson
Bruce J. Sarchet has focused his entire legal career on the representation of management in labor and employment law matters. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board. With energy, enthusiasm, and intense focus, Bruce provides clients with superior quality work and exceptional client service and has earned a reputation as a hands-on problem solver. Mr. Sarchet consults with both private and public employers, including healthcare companies, California public school districts and other public agencies, He also offers compliance counseling. From 2005 to 2013, Bruce served on the firm's five-attorney Management Committee, which handles the firm's operations. In this capacity, he oversaw thirteen Littler offices in seven states.

Mary Wang, Esq., Partner, Hixson Nagatani LLP
Mary Wang, Esq., Partner, Hixson Nagatani LLP joined Hixson Nagatani LLP as a Partner in 2009. For several years prior, Ms. Wang practiced employment law with one of California’s most prestigious law firms. A seasoned advisor and litigator, Ms. Wang has advised Fortune 500 companies and small employers on a variety of employment and labor laws. In her litigation practice, she has defended employers in state and federal courts, arbitral forums, as well as agencies against various employment claims ranging from harassment to trade secret violations.

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 and Webinars). 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.