Legal Update for 2021 Program (On-Demand)


Be prepared with a list of action items during our Legal Update Program for 2021 now on-demand. We start with an update on employment law changes with Jeanine DeBacker, along with a SHRM California HR legislative public policy outlook with Jason Gabhart. Then learn the HR perspective on COVID-19 response and organization dynamics with Rob Cantrell and conclude with guidelines for creating inclusive workplaces through organizational civility with Sejal Thakkar. 

Previously recorded on 12/3/2020.

PDCs: 3.75
    Member: $99
    Nonmember: $129
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    Legal Update for 2021 with Jeanine DeBacker Esq., Employment Lawyer, Trainer, and Workplace Investigator, McPharlin, Sprinkles & Thomas, LLP

    Stay informed on the employment law changes on tap for 2021, and what HR professionals and employers must know and do to avoid the risk that results from uninformed decisions.

    Jeanine DeBacker, Esq., will preview the new rules that will affect California employers in 2021, including the change to AB 5, another round of minimum-wage increases, new-hire changes, expansion of protections from discrimination for employees and the new leave rules. She’ll also review cases from 2020 (and items “in the news”) and actions by various government agencies that employers should know about. You’ll leave with a list of action items to focus on and other items to think about!


    • Learn about changes to California's wage and hour laws.
    • Learn about California's new leave of absence requirements.
    • Learn about any notices or handbook revisions you need to implement for 2021.


    California HR Public Policy Outlook with Jason Gabhart, Esq., Director, State Affairs, California, SHRM

    What’s ahead in the new year in relation to California law and politics? Hear updates from Jason Gabhart, Esq., SHRM’s director, state affairs, California, on California workplace legislation that passed in 2020 and explore the outlook on potential legislation coming in 2021. Also, discover the ins and outs of the California political landscape and how it impacts you and your organization.


    • Gather information to equip you on how to advocate in California.
    • Learn how to comply with California workplace laws.
    • Recognize trends in workplace legislation.


    COVID-19 Response and Organization Dynamics with Rob Cantrell, Vice President of Ethics, Compliance and Data Privacy, University of Phoenix

    Join this interactive, detailed presentation on how we are addressing the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and why these actions have resulted in the highest employee engagement survey score ever achieved at the University of Phoenix.


    • Discover examples of effective organization communication.
    • Explore strategies for aligning employer and employee workplace environment needs.
    • Understand why employee pulse surveys are important.


    The 5 Why's of Organizational Incivility with Sejal Thakkar, Esq., Chief Civility Officer, Trainxtra

    Every organization is having to change the way they do things, learn new concepts, and rapidly operationalize new policies and standards in a desperate attempt to achieve peak performance during the pandemic. The meteoric rise in workplace incivility has become a real threat to the health and survival of your organization.

    So why has incivility skyrocketed, and what can be done to eliminate it?

    In this provocative and enlightening session, you’ll walk away with an action plan for addressing the five reasons incivility is occurring and tips for creating a civil, inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to be part of the solution of overcoming it.


    • Understand why incivility is on the rise in today's world.
    • Learn tips for creating a civil, inclusive workplace.
    • Identify an action plan to begin addressing it within your organization.


    • Legal Update for 2021 – Jeanine DeBacker, Esq.
    • California HR Public Policy Outlook – Jason Gabhart, Esq.
    • COVID-19 Response and Organization Dynamics – Rob Cantrell
    • The 5 Why's of Organizational Incivility – Sejal Thakkar, Esq.



    Jeanine DeBacker, Esq., practices employment defense, including harassment and discrimination, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims with McPharlin, Sprinkles & Thomas LLP. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators. She also conducts a lot of harassment prevention trainings (now via Zoom!). Jeanine lives in the East Bay area and represents employers throughout Northern California.


    Rob Cantrell, CIPP-US, has a wide range of executive human resource and compliance experience beginning in the professional service industry with Deloitte and PwC, followed by large public company experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Choice Hotels, and is presently the vice president of ethics, compliance and data privacy with the University of Phoenix. At the university, his team is responsible for all ethics, compliance and data privacy programs that support its 3,400 employees and 5,000 faculty across the United States. They also support a number of enterprisewide strategic projects, including the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related workforce planning.

    Jason Gabhart, Esq., joined SHRM in March 2014 as director, state affairs, California. Working closely with the California State Council of SHRM, Jason advocates for SHRM’s interests in the California Legislature, the governor’s office, and various state agencies and departments. Prior to joining SHRM, Jason served as external relations manager at the California Optometric Association (COA), where he assisted optometrists with third-party payer issues and with matters they confronted as small-business owners. Jason’s previous career experience includes advocacy positions with the Association of California Life & Health Insurance Companies (ACLHIC) and Griffin & Associates, where he was a legislative and regulatory advocate for both entities. Jason began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Rich, Fuidge, Morris & Iverson. He received a juris doctorate from University of California’s Davis Law School and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Loomis, Calif., with his wife and three children.


    Sejal Thakkar, Esq., is not your average employment law attorney! Her more than 15 years of experience advising clients, human resource personnel and legal counsel regarding sound, standard employment practices uncovered a need—and personal passion—for bringing more proactive, relevant and impactful workplace training programs to her clients and their teams. Her highly experiential customized workshops tailored to executives, managers and individual contributors bring the courtroom to the training room in an interactive, engaging environment that favors human stories over compliance checklists. She continues to provide legal counsel including investigations regarding harassment, discrimination, bullying, retaliation, misconduct and other topics with that same passion. No matter the context, her passion for helping clients understand the value of more harmonious workplaces—and the path to getting there—is always front and center.