California Labor and Employment Law Update
California is always at the forefront when it comes to new developments in employment law. In fact, California often goes beyond federal law, requiring more of employers. It’s a tricky path if you’re not clear on the state’s myriad laws and regulations involving legislation, enforcement activity, and court decisions surrounding:
- Wage and Hour Law
- Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
- Leaves of Absence
- Reasonable Accommodations
- Employer Policies and Procedures
This program combines a comprehensive review of the Golden State’s recent legal developments, an in-depth analysis of newly minted regulations, and practical guidance about best practices to maximize employment law compliance and mitigate legal risk.
Whether your organization is already employing in California, or you are considering it, this comprehensive program will help you:
- Identify and understand the major differences in California employment law;
- Learn which laws and regulations have given California “employee friendly” status;
- Understand the California differences with federal wage and hour law;
- Learn the broader protections in California’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws;
- Understand the differences in leave that California mandates, and learn about the leaves that are unique to California.
Our California employment law experts will also guide you through:
- Disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues
- California-specific leave of absence issues
- California-specific harassment and discrimination nuances
- Non-competes and other restrictive covenants
Plus, we’ll explore the latest developments that are keeping you up at night: wage and hour conundrums… “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) dilemmas… drugs in the workplace… guns in the workplace… and so much more:
- Marijuana laws, medical and otherwise: What you need to know
- The details on the recent changes to California’s protections for pregnant employees
- The U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated ruling on what it really means to be a “supervisor”
- The sweeping impact the DOL’s proposed “Plan/Prevent/Protect” (P3) initiative could have on your workplace
- The ever-shifting world of same-sex marriage in California, and its effect on your benefits plans
- Potential changes to the rules on class waivers in arbitration agreements
Douglas J. Farmer | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Mr. Farmer is the managing shareholder of the firm’s San Francisco office, and a member of the firm’s Management and Class Action Steering Committees. His litigation practice focuses on representation of management in wage and hour class actions and wrongful termination matters. He has tried to verdict a variety of employment cases in state and federal courts, including wage and hour representative actions, sexual harassment, age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and other wrongful termination matters.
Mr. Farmer is the author of several widely used employment law publications and lectures frequently on employment law topics. He has been recognized as one of California’s leading employment lawyers in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and as a "Super Lawyer" by the publishers of Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, a recognition based on peer reviews and professional achievement limited to five percent of all California lawyers. Prior to joining Ogletree, he was a partner in the labor department of an AM 100 Law Firm, and a former Trial Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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