Mar 5 & 6 - Ask an Expert: Hot Topics (3 Locations)

March 5, 2019

8 – 10am – SAN FRANCISCO

Morton's Steakhouse, 400 Post Street, San Francisco


March 5, 2019

12:30 – 2:30pm – EAST BAY

Round House Conference Center/Bishop Ranch, 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon


March 6, 2019

8 – 10am – PENINSULA

Crowne Plaza Foster City, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City

Get face-to-face access with experts during this educational event. Ask any of your questions and hear advice from experienced speakers in intimate groups.

Choose three out of these seven hot topics:

#1: Harassment Prevention in the #MeToo Era with Fisher Phillips

Harassment complaints have steadily climbed, and in the #MeToo era, employees expect their employers to do more about them.  By January 1, 2020, an employer with five or more employees must provide at least one hour of training to all non-supervisory employees in California and two hours to all supervisors within six months of their assumption of a position. How will employers handle this additional burden?

#2: As if California Compliance Wasn’t Complex Enough … with Fisher Phillips

Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose have enacted their own local ordinances applicable to employers. These ordinances sometimes overlap with – but often go well beyond – what California requires. Where the laws differ, employers are often required to comply with both. Do you know which laws apply to you and how to comply with them?

#3: Workplace Issues Unique to Transgender Employees with Fisher Phillips

In recent years, California has enacted specific laws addressing workplace issues that are unique to transitioning and transgender employees. This session will address appropriate terminology, and what the process is like for an employee to legally transition. It will also cover legal and practical issues like restrooms, health insurance, harassment training, posting requirements and managing the reactions of other employees.

#4: Managing Employees and Crafting Policies in the Wake of Legalized Marijuana with Fisher Phillips

Marijuana laws are constantly evolving and continue to be challenged in courts across the country. This makes it difficult to keep up with the requirements and limitations of legalized marijuana under both state and federal law.

 Many employers are now questioning whether their workplace marijuana policies and practices should be revised.  Before deciding what policy is best for your company, it is important to understand the law in California.  A company’s policies should also reflect the specific needs and challenges of the business and workforce.

#5: Joint Employment and Why It Matters with Fisher Phillips

Could you be on the hook for someone else’s employment law violations? Maybe, if you’re in a joint employment relationship. While the term, “joint employer” historically meant one who shared control and supervision over an employee’s activity, the NRLB, courts, and California Legislature have drastically changed the landscape. Learn about the traditional indicators of a joint employer relationship and how to mitigate the risk to your business.

#6: Your Top 10 Implementation Strategies for Managing Medical Leaves & Accommodations including ADA, FMLA, PDL & Workers Compensation with Beth Brascugli De Lima, MBA, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP HR / Vocational Consultant, Specializing in Integrated Medical Leave and Accommodation Management 

Understand the complex interaction between FMLA and ADA (AA) as it relates to; intermittent leave requests, reduced work schedules, leaves, and related underlying accommodations. She will address the related performance management challenges, and EEOC compliance complaints. In addition, Ms. De Lima will clarify and discuss strategies for managing the transition from FMLA to ADA, concurrent ADA compliance requirements when designating FMLA, and the significant differences between these regulations on a state and federal level.

#7: Employee Benefits Security Administration-Hot Topics and Fiduciary Responsib
ilities U.S. Department of Labor with Melissa Ng, Benefits Advisor, United States Department of Labor

Strong fiduciary oversight and protecting workers’ benefits is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor. However, we recognize that understanding and complying with ERISA can be challenging for any employer. Benefits Advisor, Melissa Ng from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will provide an overview of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and cover both retirement and health plan administration. Ms. Ng will also discuss “hot topics” such as guidance and relief for employee benefit plans impacted by natural disasters, association health plan compliance and EBSA enforcement initiatives.


1.5 hours
Member: $40
Nonmember: $60
Breakfast or lunch provided.

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