December 7 - California Legal Update and Compliance for 2022


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT
Virtual Education (Full day program)

As the year comes to an end, successfully prepare for 2022 with a list of action items during our California Legal and Compliance Program.  We start with The Nuances of COVID-19: Getting Back to the Office and Recruiting in 2022, followed up an update on California Wage and Hour laws, a Federal update and Advocacy, the California Legislative Update, and conclude with the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Gather information on how to advocate in California, learn how to comply with California Workplace Laws, and recognize trends in workplace legislation.  Stay informed on the employment law changes on tap for 2022, and what HR professionals and employers must know and do to avoid the risk that results from uninformed decisions.


  • 9:00 -10:15 a.m. PT: The Nuances of COVID-19: Getting Back to the Office and Recruiting in 2022 - Conor Dale
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m. PT: break
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. PT: California Wage and Hour - Richard Simmons
  • 11:30-11:45 p.m. PT: break
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT: Legal Update for 2022: Federal update and Advocacy - Jason Gabhart
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. PT: break
  • 1:00-2:30 p.m. PT: California Legislative Update - Jeanine DeBacker
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m. PT: break
  • 2:45-4:00 p.m. PT: Employers Privacy Toolkit - Are YOU Ready for California's New Privacy Laws? - Fisher Philips

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The Nuances of COVID-19: Getting Back to the Office and Recruiting in 2022 with Conor Dale

Join this interactive, detailed presentation on how we are addressing the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Federal Update and Advocacy with Jason Gabhart, Esq., Director, State Affairs, California, SHRM

SHRM advocates at the state and federal level on key matters that affect employees—and society—every day. In these presentations you’ll learn about SHRM’s position and proposals for emerging issues that are shaping the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

California Legislative Update with Jeanine DeBacker Esq., Employment Lawyer, Trainer, and Workplace Investigator, McPharlin, Sprinkles & Thomas, LLP

Stay informed on the employment law changes on tap for 2022, 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 2022, 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 2021 (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!


Employers Privacy Toolkit – Are YOU Ready for California’s New Privacy Laws?

Data Privacy and protection have become one of the most hotly discussed topics worldwide. New privacy laws and regulations are evolving at a dizzying rate across the globe and indeed right here in the US – with California leading the charge!While privacy laws were initially targeted to protect the privacy of consumers, they have now expanded to include employment data as well. This places some unique challenges on human resource professionals who may be unaware that these fast-approaching laws come with vigorous new enforcement mechanisms. In short, Data Privacy regulations are real and meaningful … both personally and professionally!

Conor Dale is a principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has experience representing employers in state and federal employment litigation including single plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and breach of contract claims and wage and hour class action experience.  He has particular expertise in contractual arbitration and representing employers in the technology industry, including defending companies and boards of directors from claims filed by current and former c suite executives. 

Conor also has experience advising and counseling employers on all aspects of California and Federal employment law.

While in law school, Conor was an extern to the Hon. Suzanne Segal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.


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.

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.

Richard J. Simmons is a partner at Sheppard Mullin in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Richard is a lawyer’s lawyer and represents employers in wage-hour, discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits. He has represented employers in over 100 class action lawsuits and landmark decisions. When the California IWC was sued, it asked Richard to defend the case over all other firms.
Richard represents employers in various employment law matters involving litigation throughout the country and general advice regarding state and federal wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.

Usama Kahf, Partner, Fisher Phillips, LLP

Usama Kahf is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Irvine office. He represents employers of all sizes in matters of workplace privacy, data security, unfair competition, and trade secret theft and corporate espionage. He regularly conducts trainings and publishes articles relating to data privacy and data breach matters, including data breach counseling, reporting, and litigation trends. Usama has been actively advising clients on compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and has presented on the topic numerous times. He is also the founder and Chair of his firm’s CCPA Task Force.

Usama’s privacy law experience includes:
- Currently working with clients on CCPA/CPRA compliance, both as to consumer and employee records.
- Data breach triage and response in data breach incidents affecting from 1 person to over 7,000, including advice on compliance with data breach notification laws, drafting data breach notices, and managing company’s reporting to law enforcement and government agencies such as attorneys general offices.
- Providing privacy & data security training to managers.
- Defending against employee breach of privacy claims.
- Prosecuting litigation against individuals suspected of stealing private information of employees, clients or consumers, including seeking TRO.
- Advising clients on preventive measures, including, for example, dual factor authentication best practices, encryption, and vendor contract negotiation/management.  
Darcey M. Groden, Associate, Fisher Phillips, LLP

Darcey M. Groden
is an associate in Fisher Phillips’ San Diego office. She is a
member of Fisher Phillips’ California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Task Force, and
she actively advises clients on compliance with all aspects of the CCPA as well as
with other data protection laws. She also regularly litigates complex single-plaintiff
cases involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and breach of contract.Darcey’s privacy experience includes:
- Partnering with clients to help them meet their compliance obligations under the
CCPA/CPRA for both employee and consumer records.
- Advising clients on compliance with national and state data protection laws.
- Drafting data protection and sharing agreements in compliance with applicable
data privacy laws.
- Data breach response to data breach incidents affecting employees and
consumers in the United States and its territories.