Changes to Employment Law – Are You Ready?

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This year’s new California employment laws stand out by the extent to which they require virtually all employers to take proactive steps to comply.  The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Hixson Nagatani LLP, will present an employment law update on January 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office.  Attendees of this seminar to learn how to:

  • Update sick leave and/or PTO policies to comply with California’s new sick leave law, including new insights that can be gleaned from the California Labor Commissioner’s recently published answers to FAQs.
  • Amend leave policies and practices under anticipated new CFRA regulations.
  • Comply with a new California court ruling that requires reimbursement for employees’ business use of personal cell phones.
  • Adjust pay rates to comply with new minimums for exempt computer software professionals and non-exempt workers.
  • Modify anti-harassment training to include prevention of “abusive conduct,” under a new state law.
  • Adopt or amend arbitration agreements to preclude California employment law class actions.
  • Conduct background checks in compliance with “ban the box” laws being passed across the country.
  • Have compliant technology use policies, in light of the December 2014 NLRB ruling that employees are allowed to use company e-mail to engage in protected speech.

The program will also review several new developments in the area of wage and hour law, noteworthy recent lawsuits, settlements, and verdicts, and a variety of other hot topics.

Time will also be reserved for attendee questions during the program.  All attendees will receive detailed PowerPoint slides and additional written materials concerning the subjects addressed.

Your presenters will be attorneys Brian Nagatani and Mary Wang, who are partners of the law firm Hixson Nagatani LLP.  Hixson Nagatani LLP advises and represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters.  The firm provides advice and counsel on proactive steps that employers should take to ensure compliance and minimize legal risks, including with respect to creating and updating personnel policies and practices, personnel-related forms, risk assessment of contemplated personnel actions, and managers’ legal training.  The firm also defends employers against actual and threatened employee claims, including claims made in state and federal courts, arbitration, and government agencies.

To register for the January 21 session, please complete the enclosed form or register online at www.santaclarachamber.org/events.  Registration is $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

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