December 3 - Legal Update for 2021 Program

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. PT
Virtual Education

As the year comes to an end, prepare for 2021 with a list of action items during our Legal Update Program. Featuring an update on employment law changes with Jeanine DeBacker, along with a SHRM California HR legislative public policy outlook with Jason Gabhart, followed by guidelines for creating inclusive workplaces with Sejal Thakkar.

Legal Update for 2021 with Jeanine DeBacker Esq.

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 effect California employers in 2021, including the change to AB 5 (by the legislature and maybe by voters), 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!

California HR Public Policy Outlook with Jason Gabhart, Esq. 
Explore the current California political landscape to help recognize upcoming workplace trends. Also get an update on California workplace legislation that passed in 2020 as well as the outlook on potential legislation coming in 2021 so you can learn how to comply with California workplace laws.
The 5 Why's of Organizational Incivility with Sejal Thakkar, Esq. 
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. As a senior leader in Human Resources, the meteoric rise in workplace incivility has become a real threat to the health and survival of your organization.

So how 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 5 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.


  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PT: Legal Update for 2021 – Jeanine DeBacker, Esq.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT: California HR Public Policy Outlook – Jason Gabhart, Esq.
  • 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. PT: Break
  • 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. PT: TBD
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT: The 5 Why's of Organizational Incivility - Sejal Thakkar, Esq.

PDCs: 3.75

  • Member Early Bird: before Nov. 19, 2020 -  $79
  • Member Standard: on and after Nov. 20 - $99

  • Non-member Early Bird: before Nov. 19, 2020 - $109
  • Non-member: on and after Nov. 20 - $129



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. And she conducts a lot of harassment prevention trainings (now via Zoom!). Jeanine lives in the East Bay and represents employers throughout Northern California.

Jason Gabhart, Esq
., 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.


Sejal Thakkar, Esq.,
with Trainxtra, is not your average employment law attorney! Her more than fifteen years of experience advising clients, human resources 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.
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Wendy Fong
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