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Webinar: 2022 Employment Law Legislative Update
November 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
1 Participatory MCLE Credits
Experienced practitioners will discuss the wide range of new employment legislation including bills which expands pay data reporting and established pay scale disclosures under the Equal Pay Act, amends CFRA to allow an employee to take leave to care for a “designated person”, establishes a right to five days of unpaid bereavement leave, extended COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, created mandatory wage and working conditions for fast food workers, and much more.
Speakers: Pascal Benyamini, Phyllis Cheng, and Ramit Mizrahi
Pascal Benyamini is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. As a trusted adviser, Pascal teams up with employers to defend them against employment law claims and to advise them on compliance, claim prevention, investigations and employment best practices. As a former hockey player, Pascal applies the teamwork and tenacity he learned on the ice to his client relationships and advocacy. On the litigation side, Pascal protects employers in state and federal courts from claims of wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment and unlawful employment practices. On the counseling side, Pascal trains and counsels employers and management teams on best practices for avoiding litigation and workplace issues — his primary goal. Employers engage him to train on anti-sexual harassment under California’s AB 1825 and antibullying under the state’s AB 2053. He counsels on various aspects, including leaves of absences, discipline, terminations, employee classification, compliance and employee handbooks.
Phyllis Cheng is a neutral at ADR Services, where she mediates employment, civil rights, and other matters. She also serves on the mediation panels of the Second District Court of Appeal and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, where she leads its mediation practice group.
Phyllis served in the administrations of four California Governors. She was director of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, vice chair of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and member of the Commission on the Status of Women and Comparable Worth Task Force.
Phyllis was a partner at DLA Piper, of counsel at Littler Mendelson, and associate at Hadsell & Stormer. She was a research attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal and a deputy attorney general at CalDOJ’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section.
Phyllis is Managing Editor of the CALIFORNIA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW REVIEW, and has written a column on Cases Pending before the California Supreme Court for 18 years. She co-edits CALIFORNIA FAIR HOUSING AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS (The Rutter Group), prepares the CALIFORNIA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT CASE LAW ALERT, and contributes to other publications. The State Bar named her the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year.
Ramit Mizrahi, founder of Mizrahi Law, is a mediator and employment lawyer. Ms. Mizrahi is recognized by Super Lawyers in its Top 100 List for Southern California (2023), Top 50 Women in Southern California list (2022, 2023), as a Pasadena Magazine Top Attorney (2015-2022), and by U.S News & World Report in Best Lawyers in America (2019-2023).
Ms. Mizrahi graduated from Yale Law School, has a Master’s degree with Merits in Gender & Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree with Highest Honors from UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Ms. Mizrahi clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Mizrahi is an active member of the employment law community, including serving as Chair of the Pasadena Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Past Chair of the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Law Section, and Executive Editor of the California Labor and Employment Law Review. She regularly speaks on panels relating to employment law. Her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal (twice), the California Labor & Employment Law Review (seven times), and Advocate magazine (four times).
In her spare time, she is a magic aficionado/associate member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle) and a sourdough bread baker.