The 31st Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section and the 20th Annual Public Sector Conference
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Webinar: The Law and Practice of Attorneys Performing Workplace Investigations

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Attorneys are often retained to do an impartial investigation of an employment complaint.  But they should not jump in without knowing the ethics and best practices related to acting as an impartial investigator.  This webinar will review the law relating to why workplace investigations are crucial, who can do them and how to go about doing a fair and thorough workplace investigation.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney who focuses her practice on conducting impartial investigations of workplace complaints.  She is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal and is the founder and past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators.  Ms. Oppenheimer also testifies as an expert witness about HR practices relating to preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination. he is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the state bar's Labor and Employment Law Section.

Webinar: Basics of NLRB Practice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

This programs offer 1.5 hours of participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Practice before the National Labor Relations Board involves an understanding of representation election processes as well as unfair labor practice investigations and hearings.  The manner in which employers, employees, and labor unions work with the Agency has great importance in how the Agency will deal with issues which are often time-sensitive and significant for those involved.  Information provided will be based on experience handing hundreds of NLRB case both from the perspective of an NLRB attorney and as a private practitioner outside the Agency.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Thomas Lenz, a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, works from the firm’s Cerritos office where he advises, represents, and trains management clients on labor and employment issues. He heads the firm’s National Labor Relations Board practice and works with clients throughout the western United States. He was born in Illinois, lived in Spain and became fluent in Spanish, received a BA (Spanish/Political Science) from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and a JD from the Louisiana State University Law Center. He began his career at National Labor Relations Board Region 21 (Los Angeles) where the majority of his cases required use of his fluency in Spanish and he was commended by the General Counsel for his performance. In 1992, he joined Atkinson, Andelson. He is licensed in California, Illinois, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, the District of Columbia and several courts including the United States Supreme Court. He has served as President of Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association, where he has been a member for over 20 years, as well as President of the Marquette University Alumni Club of Southern California. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Los Angeles, a non-profit providing educational, immigration, and social services to the Los Angeles community. He serves on the National Legislative Committee for Associated Builders and Contractors and works with a variety of industry groups. He regularly writes articles for firm and other publications, speaks to audiences across the country, and works with media on labor and employment issues of the day.

31st Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting and 20th Annual Public Sector Conference

Presented by The State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section

April 25-26, 2014
The Claremont Resort & Spa
Berkeley, CA

Join us for the first-ever combined Labor Annual Meeting and Public Sector Conference! Enjoy a discount for two full days of programming! Or, register for Friday only for the Public Sector Conference OR for Saturday only for the Annual Meeting. Both days include crossover of topics that appeal to both private and public sector practitioners.

March 21: Hotel Reservation Deadline

April 18: Early Program Registration Deadline (Special Discounted Rate)
Only $300 for Section Members ($175 for single day registration)
Non-Section Member $450 ($250 for single day registration)

Earn up to 11.5 hours of MCLE credit of which 1.25 hours applies to Elimination of Bias and 1.25 Hours applies to Legal Ethics

  • 2-day registration fee includes up to 11.5 hours of MCLE Education Sessions, All Program Materials on USB Drive, Friday Reception, Friday and Saturday Continental Breakfast, Friday and Saturday Lunch.

  • 1-day Friday 4/25/14 Public Sector Conference registration fee includes up to 5.5 hours of MCLE Education Sessions, Public Sector Program Materials on USB Drive, Friday Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Reception.

  • 1-day Saturday 4/26/14 Labor Annual Meeting Conference registration fee includes up to 6.00 hours of MCLE Education Sessions, Labor Annual Meeting Program Materials on USB Drive, Friday Reception, Saturday Continental Breakfast and Lunch.

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. For the full program information, see Annual Meeting and Public Sector Conference.

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Webinar: Using Liability Experts in Employment Discrimination Cases

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Presented by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) and the Labor & Employment Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. In order to participate, you must register in advance.

Many employment cases focus on whether the employer has taken adequate measures to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation from occurring and addressed complaints properly.  The investigation of a complaint is often the centerpiece of the litigation.  This seminar will discuss using expert witnesses in these cases - when they are allowed and how the plaintiff and the defendant can utilize an expert in different phases of the case.

Moderator: Samson Elsbernd, Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney

Speaker: Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney who focuses her practice on conducting impartial investigations of workplace complaints.  She is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal and is the founder and past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators.  Ms. Oppenheimer also testifies as an expert witness about HR practices relating to preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination.  She is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the state bar's Labor and Employment Law Section.

Webinar: Reductions in Force: Planning, Strategy, and Legal Considerations

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Dynamic workforces are the new normal, and reductions in force are an increasingly important part of the business planning toolkit.  This presentation will focus on developing best practices, minimizing legal risk, and ensuring a smooth transition for departing employees. 

Topics will include:

  • Voluntary v. Involuntary Programs
  • Employee ranking and selection
  • Disparate impact
  • Impact of collective bargaining agreements
  • Federal WARN Act (and California WARN distinctions)
  • Severance Benefits
  • ADEA Releases and OWBPA Disclosures
  • ERISA Considerations (e.g. partial pension plan termination, multiemployer plan withdrawal, etc.)
  • Final pay and notice requirements
  • Outplacement considerations

With speakers Mary Dollarhide and Melinda Gordon

The Watch List: Pending Cases of Interest

The Watch List is a series of webinars on the latest cases of interest to California employment attorneys.  We will present the Watch List webinars as soon as possible after decisions are published, and our speakers frequently will be the attorneys who argued in the reviewing court.  The Watch List webinars will bring you the most up-to-date information from the leading attorneys in California and the nation.

We have provided a list of current cases we are watching on The Watch List. If you are interested in more information regarding pending cases of interest, please contact the Labor and Employment Law Section Coordinator, Lynn Taylor, at lynn.taylor@calbar.ca.gov

New Labor and Employment Law Section Publication: California Public Sector Employment Law

We're pleased to announce the publication of the California Public Sector Employment Law. Written and edited by an outstanding team of skilled experts who are members of The State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, this resource comprehensively covers the many legal issues that particularly affect public sector agencies, their officers and employees. The book covers many subjects unique to the public sector, such as retirement, due process, conflicts of interest, free speech, contracting out governmental services, open meeting laws, political activities, and public safety employees. Other subjects, such as wage and hour law, leaves of absence, hiring, privacy rights, and various litigation issues, cover areas that affect both the public and private sectors.

California Public Sector Employment Law is $345 and is available in book and eBook formats. To order, call 800-223-1940 or visit the LexisNexis Store.

Your Legal Rights

Labor and Employment Law Section on the RadioRadio station KALW regularly broadcasts "Your Legal Rights," a show in which callers can ask questions of attorneys with expertise in different areas of the law.

To see all Labor-related programs in our archive, see Your Legal Rights.

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