Jan 14, 15 or 16 - Legal Update for 2020 (3 locations)

JANUARY 14, 2020 
with Richard Rybicki, Kristen J. Nesbit, and Jason Gabhart
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Room 2130/2150, Santa Clara, CA 95054

JANUARY 15, 2020
with Kristen J. Nesbit, Allison West, and Jason Gabhart
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Embaracdero Conference Center, 4 Embarcadero Center, Stanford Room, San Francisco, CA 94111

JANUARY 16, 2020
with Angela M. Clements, Sejal Thakkar, and Jason Gabhart
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bishop Ranch: Round House Conference Center, 2600 Camino Ramon, Tenaya Room, San Ramon, CA 94583

Prepare for the new year with a legal update for 2020 featuring employment law, sexual harassment and discrimination, and SHRM legislative affairs-- offered in three locations around the Bay Area (South Bay, San Francisco, and East Bay).


 $129 |  $149 after 1/14
Non-member: $159 |  $179 after 1/14
Lunch provided.


Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP (San Francisco)
Principal, Employment Practices Specialists is an employment attorney by background and uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices to assist companies in managing and reducing their workplace risks.  She is a frequent top rated-speaker on employment law and human resources topics.  Allison specializes in delivering customized interactive training, conducting workplace investigations, coaching executives and managers, human resources consulting and provides expert witness assistance. Allison is a Board Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and is licensed to practice law in California and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM-SCP certification.

Angela M. Clements, Esq. (East Bay) is the Principal Attorney at Clements Employment Law. Angela is an experienced advocate for entrepreneurs and individuals with challenging employment law issues. After nearly a decade practicing labor and employment law at a major San Francisco Bay Area law firm, Angela started her own practice in California to focus on what is most important to her: helping businesses and individuals develop the most creative, effective solutions to their workplace challenges.

Angela graduated from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, where she received academic distinction for coursework in labor and employment law. Prior to joining private practice, Angela was counsel to the Berkeley Law Center on Health, Economic & Family Security where she developed model legislation for national paid family leave. She also served as a law clerk in the City Attorney's Office of the City and County of San Francisco, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and at the East Bay Community Law Center. Prior to law school, Angela was a Congressional lobbyist for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. Angela is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Point Foundation Scholar.

Jason Gabhart, Esq. (South Bay, San Francisco, East Bay) joined SHRM in March 2014 as the Director, State Affairs, California. Working closely with the California State Council of SHRM, Jason advocates for SHRM’s interests in the California State 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 with both entities. Jason began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Rich, Fuidge, Morris & Iverson.
Jason received a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Davis Law School, and a Bachelor in Arts degree in political science from UC Berkeley. He resides in Loomis, California with his wife and three children.

Kristen J. Nesbit, Esq. (San Francisco) is a partner in Fisher Phillips' Los Angeles office where she practices employment litigation and client counseling.

Kristen represents employers from case inception through trial or arbitration. She has represented organizations in multiple jury trials that have resulted in defense verdicts for her clients. Most recently, Kristen served as co-trial counsel in the case Jose Lomeli and Richard McAllister v. Arrow Truck Sales, Inc., Volvo Group North America, Inc, Jody Johnson and Brent Stout, where she obtained a complete defense verdict after a 12 day jury trial in downtown Los Angeles, California. At trial, two former managers alleged harassment and discrimination based on race/color, national origin, religion and age along with retaliation for opposing such harassment and discrimination against the defendants.

Kristen prides herself in serving as a trusted adviser and strategic partner for her clients. In this vein, she counsels clients regarding a variety of labor and employment issues including the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), interactive process and reasonable accommodations, talent management and performance, workplace investigations, and wage/hour compliance. Kristen focuses on finding creative, practical, cost-effective solutions to address her clients’ needs and goals when dealing with these issues.
Kristen’s clients include startups, national companies, and public entities in various industries including manufacturing, trucking, hospitality, aviation, and technology. Kristen is also committed to helping diverse business owners succeed in today’s marketplace by assisting employers who are recognized as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and/or Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE), with developing their employment policies, practices, and procedures so these businesses will meet government and corporate supplier diversity objectives related to employee recruitment, retention, and performance.

Kristen has represented clients throughout California, in both Superior Courts and United States District Court and before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the United States Department of Labor (DOL), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has also successfully argued appeals before the California Court of Appeal and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2013, Kristen was named to the “Hot List” for Minority Attorneys Under 40 in the Western Region by Lawyers of Color Inc., which is comprised of only 100 attorneys who practice in the Western Region of the United States. In 2015 and 2016, Kristen was recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars and as a “Southern California - Top Women’s Attorney” by Los Angeles Magazine. Kristen was also selected by the National Advocate as a “Top 100 African American Lawyer” in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Kristen received the “Women of Influence” Award from the business publication L.A. Biz for her accomplishments in the legal field.

Kristen was also selected by Fisher Phillips to serve as a Fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity for 2015-2016. She is also the firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council (WILC) Ambassador for the Los Angeles office.

Richard Rybicki , Esq. (Santa Clara) advises clients on a broad range of labor and employment law issues. He has represented employers, employer associations, and employee benefit plans in courts and administrative proceedings throughout the United States.

He also practices under state and federal labor relations laws, representing management in collective bargaining, arbitration, and matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the California Agricultural Relations Board, and the California Public Employment Relations Board.

Richard speaks and writes frequently on employment issues. He is a longtime contributing editor for The Developing Labor Law, a leading labor-management publication, and has chaired both the Napa and Sonoma Bar Association Labor & Employment Law sections. He has taught or lectured in programs such as the Napa Valley College Hospitality Management Program, the Sonoma State University Wine Business Program, and Stanford Law School's Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program.

Richard received a B.A. in Philosophy from U.C.L.A., his law degree from Cornell University, and an advanced qualification in legal philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal District Courts, Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Sejal Thakkar, Esq. (East Bay). is the Chief Civility Officer and Founder of TrainXtra. She has extensive experience providing legal advice and guidance to senior management, human resources professionals and legal counsel concerning employment practices and actions. Ms. Thakkar has conducted investigations or inquiries regarding hostile workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, retaliation and other matters related to employment law. Additionally, she delivers customized legal compliance training for sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, unconscious bias and other employment law topics. Ms. Thakkar earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a cum laude graduate of the Northern Illinois College of Law.

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Wendy Fong
(650) 378-1328