CalChamber held its inaugural HR Symposium on October 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
The sold-out crowd enjoyed a full day of informative and engaging sessions with top experts on a variety of labor and employment issues relevant to California employers, including:
- Lisa Buehler of Ellis Buehler Makus LLP walked attendees through a hypothetical sexual harassment investigation to highlight common issues that employers face during that process and tips on how to proceed.
- Jennifer Shaw of Shaw Law Group explained what employers should do when they face an audit by a federal or state government agency, including how to respond to the audit request and the rights employers have.
- Victor Andersen of Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond discussed what HR professionals should know about the workers’ compensation system, including what to do when an employee is injured on the job.
- Ann Noel of Noel Workplace Consulting covered the numerous leaves of absence available to California employees and how to manage those leaves.
A roundtable discussion on litigation missteps that can lead to lawsuits, moderated by CalChamber’s Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel Erika Frank, offered attendees insights on common mistakes that can land employers in trouble and discussed emerging trends employers face.
Attendees were also treated to a lively lunch conversation between Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber’s Senior Policy Advocate, and Gina Hester, Southern Regional Manager, Wage Adjudication Offices for the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Hester and Barrera discussed the function of the DLSE, how it handles and investigates complaints, and resources it offers for employers. Attendees were able to ask Hester numerous questions about wage-and-hour issues, including DLSE investigations, meal and rest break compliance, and final pay requirements.
The day concluded with a cocktail reception, where attendees were able to mingle, network and further discuss all that was covered during the day.
CalChamber would like to thank everyone who attended the first annual HR Symposium. We are already planning the 2018 HR Symposium. Stay tuned for details!