The State Bar of California’s Fourth Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles

Earn 6 Hours MCLE Credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE (new window) for this program.

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Program Committee

Conference Chair: Steven G. Pearl, ADR Services, Inc.

Conference Vice-Chairs:

  • Fernando Flores, Ribera Law Firm;
  • Laboni Hoq, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Conference Committee:

  • Theodora R. Lee, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Jessica Riggin, Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP
  • Peter Scott Rukin, Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP
  • Bryan Schwartz, Bryan Schwartz Law
  • Timothy G. Williams, Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP

Program Itinerary and Speakers

Wage and hour class action litigation continues to be one of the hottest areas of employment practice. Learn from the Labor Commissioner, sitting federal and state court judges, and other experts what’s new, what works, and what doesn’t in the wage case you are litigating!

Time Event
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wage and Hour Update: the Year in Review

2014 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for wage and hour practitioners. Join our panelists as they review several groundbreaking decisions from the California Supreme Court and courts of appeal (including Iskanian and Duran, and a host of other important cases) and discuss their anticipated impact on wage and hour litigation.

Moderator: Jessica Riggin, Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP


  • Aashish Y. Desai, Desai Law Firm
  • Joan B. Tucker Fife, Winston & Strawn LLP
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Who’s the Boss of You? The Latest Developments on Independent Contractor VS. Employee and Joint Employer Issues

Many employers use independent contractors, temporary staffing, and leased employees to supplement or replace their regular workforce. The legal distinction between employees and independent contractors depends on a number of factors, including the extent to which the employer dictates the terms and conditions of the job. Moreover, joint employer liability also depends on the amount of control the employer has over different aspects of the relationship. First, this program will examine the latest developments on these topics. The panelists will discuss the recently argued and soon to be released decision in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc. (AVP), where the Supreme Court will address whether a case brought on behalf of a putative class of newspaper home delivery carriers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees is amenable to class treatment. Second, the program will examine the critical factors in making the joint employer liability determination, and examine recent developments on this issue.

Moderator: Theodora R. Lee, Little Mendelson PC 


  • Aaron Kaufmann, Leonard Carder
  • Henry J. Josefsberg
  • Theresa M. Traber, Traber and Voorhees
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

PAGA Perspectives: Ten Years Later, Where We Are and Where We Are Going

This distinguished panel will bring a 30,000 foot employee and employer counsel’s and mediator’s perspective on where we have been and where we are going in California wage and hour law. As the pendulum continues to swing, these panelists will address the evolution and status of: class and representative actions and procedures, arbitration of wage hour claims and class actions, meal and rest periods, and statutory requirements. These experts will discuss the impacts, opportunities, and challenges with respect to employee rights, employer policies and practices, and bringing, defending and resolving cases. They will look into their crystal ball and attempt to forecast the year ahead following class certification and PAGA developments, further interpretation of arbitration agreements and the risks of class arbitration, and how employers and employees continue to apply Brinker and its progeny, as well as other relevant developments.

Moderator: Cynthia Rice, California Rural Legal Assistance


  • Julie Su, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Julie Trotter, Call & Jensen
2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. Break
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sidebar: Judges’ Perspectives on Navigating the Changing Waters of Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions

Judges Highberger, Hogue and Dunning from the Los Angeles and Orange County Superior Courts’ complex litigation panels, and Judge Staton from the Federal District Court for the Central District will provide insights into the impact of recent developments in wage and hour and class action jurisprudence including from the U.S. and California Supreme Courts. They will also provide tips to help litigants avoid obstacles when navigating the ever-changing waters of wage &
hour class actions.

Moderator: Laboni Hoq, Asian Americans Advancing Justice


  • Hon. Kim Dunning, Orange County Superior Court
  • Hon. William F. Highberger, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Hon. Amy Hogue, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Hon. Josephine L. Staton, U.S. District Court for the Central District
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Essential Information

Printable Brochure:

Printable Brochure (New Window) is provided for your convenience.


In order to pre-register, mail your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information. Must be received by Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Registration Fees:

Pre-Registration Fees (must be received by July 23, 2014)

  • Labor & Employment Law Section Member $175
  • Non-Section Member $250
    Includes enrollment in the Labor & Employment Law Section for 2014
  • Non-attorney Labor-Relations Professional $150
  • Full-time Law Student (attach copy of school ID) $95

Registration Fees After July 23, 2014 and On-Site (subject to availability)
(July 24, 2014 through July 30, 2014)

  • Labor & Employment Law Section Member $220
  • Non-Section Member $295
    Includes enrollment in the Labor & Employment Law Section for 2014
  • Non-attorney Labor-Relations Professional $195
  • Full-time Law Student (attach copy of school ID) $140

Online Registration:

You can now REGISTER ONLINE (new window) for this program.

Register by Mail or FAX:

To pre-register, complete the Mail/FAX Registration Form (new window)  and return it to The State Bar of California.

BY FAX: 415-538-2368. Credit card registrations only. If pre-registration is faxed, do not mail original form. Fax registrations cannot be confirmed by telephone. Keep a copy of your forms.

BY MAIL: Program Registrations, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639.  Checks should be payable to The State Bar of California.

Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing by July 23, 2014. Substitute registrants are allowed but must register in their own name at the meeting to receive MCLE credit.

On-Site Registration:

On-site registrations are subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability. (415) 538-2590.

Program Materials

Conference materials will be available on-line prior to the conference and provided on USB drive at the conference. Wi-Fi will not be available inside the conference rooms. Should you prefer to reference printed materials during the conference, please feel free to access the on-line information and print out the materials prior to the conference. If you have an electronic device without USB drive or built-in Wi-Fi, please save the on-line files to your desktop/device so that you may access the materials during the conference. No printed materials will be provided at the conference.

Special Assistance:

For special assistance please call (415) 538-2590.


For registration information please call (415) 538-2508. For information regarding the program please call (415) 538-2590.