Seminar  Seminar

California Employment Law Update 2013

Why you should attend

PLI’s California Employment Law Update addresses the issues confronted by employment law advisers, litigators and human resources management and professionals, with particular emphasis on California State law considerations. This program combines a comprehensive review of case law and regulatory developments, an in-depth analysis of emerging issues, and practical guidance about best practices to maximize employment law compliance, mitigate legal risk and achieve business objectives.

What you will learn

  • Year-In-Review: a summary of important United States and California Supreme Court and federal and state appellate case law developments
  • Key developments in Federal and California wage-and-hour law
  • Federal and California trends in disability discrimination, including tips on addressing accommodation
  • The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan: What it means for employers and employees
  • Whistleblower claims - plaintiff and employer perspectives

Who should attend

This program is designed for professionals who seek an in-depth analysis and discussion of often subtle and rapidly evolving issues in employment law compliance. Plaintiff and management attorneys, in-house counsel, compliance officials, human resources executives and government enforcement agency staff will all benefit from this program.
9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction

Timothy J. Long

9:15 Year in Review
  • U.S. Supreme Court updates
  • Key California State and Appellate Court Decisions
  • What was not decided in the last year
  • A peek into the future
Timothy J. Long, Professor Gillian Lester

10:15 Key Wage and Hour Developments
  • Update on relevant California court decisions
  • Independent contractor vs. employee status
  • Regulatory priorities employers need to be aware of
  • Fall-out from Brinker
Robert R. Roginson, Jahan C. Sagafi

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Accommodating Disabilities and Pregnancy
  • Important considerations for employers when responding to accommodation requests
  • Regulatory priorities of the DFEH
  • Developments and trends in pregnancy discrimination law
  • How plaintiffs’ counsel evaluate accommodation claims
Phyllis W. Cheng, Noah Lebowitz, Tracey S. Lesetar

12:30 Lunch Break

12:45 Elimination of Bias Roundtable
  • Defining diversity and bias in today’s legal workplace
  • Breaking down unconscious barriers despite organizational commitment to diversity
  • Diversity and inclusion strategies: what’s working today; where are the new opportunities?
  • Best practices for promoting inclusiveness
Professor Joan C. Williams

1:45 Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
  • Update on recent cases
  • Impact of Dodd-Frank on California employers
  • Challenges of litigating retaliation and whistleblower cases
  • Trends in 2013 and beyond
Aaron L. Agenbroad, John T. Mullan, Lawrence H. Wexler

2:45 Trends with Class and Pattern Cases in California
  • Compliance challenges for employers
  • Case law developments
  • Important trends for practitioners
  • Impact of the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for California employers
Adam P. KohSweeney, Roberta L. Steele, William R. Tamayo

3:45 Networking Break

4:00 Ethical Considerations in Trade Secret Litigation: A California Employment Law Case Study
  • Joint representation issues
  • The attorney-client privilege: who holds it and to what does it apply?
  • Potential conflicts minefields
  • Whether Plaintiff or Defendant: different considerations?
Vanessa L. Holton, Mindy M. Morton, Michael D. Weil

5:00 Adjourn
Timothy J. Long ~ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Aaron L. Agenbroad ~ Jones Day
Phyllis W. Cheng ~ Director, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, State of California, State and Consumer Services Agency
Vanessa L. Holton ~ Assistant Chief Counsel, California Department of Industrial Relations
Adam P. KohSweeney ~ O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Noah Lebowitz ~ Duckworth Peters Lebowitz Olivier LLP
Tracey S. Lesetar ~ General Counsel, Bellator MMA
Gillian Lester ~ Acting Dean, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Mindy M. Morton ~ Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
John T. Mullan ~ Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
Robert R. Roginson ~ Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Jahan C. Sagafi ~ Outten & Golden LLP
Roberta L. Steele ~ Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
William R. Tamayo ~ Regional Attorney, San Francisco District Office, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Michael D. Weil ~ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Lawrence H. Wexler ~ Senior Counsel, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Joan C. Williams ~ Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, UC Hastings College of Law
Program Attorney(s)
Danielle B. Cohen ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

San Francisco Seminar Location

PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105. (415) 498-2800.

San Francisco Hotel Accommodations

The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94105. Call (800) 917-7456 seven days a week from 6:00 am to 12:00 am (PDT) and mention you are attending this program at Practising Law Institute to receive the preferred rate. For online reservations, go to to receive the preferred rate.

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Location:  San Francisco, CA
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Seminar attendance includes course handbook and associated course materials. A downloadable course handbook will also be available several days prior to the program start for your review.