Labor and Employment Law

Employment Law 101— Fundamentals for the New Employment Practitioner

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Earn 7.25 hours of MCLE credit. In two locations!

Thursday, February 6, 2020
St. Anne’s Conference Center
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Onsite registration available!

* Thank you to Morrison & Foerster for
being a Venue Sponsor!

Thank you to our co-host, the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA). You can learn more about CYLA here.

Schedule | Essential Info | Scholarship | Brochure | Registration Form


Registration opens at 8 a.m. Continental breakfast available.

8 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Employment Law 101

California provides employees with numerous protections in the workplace that practitioners need to understand to provide effective representation. In this module, panelists will walk us through the key state and federal employment laws impacting the workplace, as well as explain the basics of filing and defending against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment claims.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Lisa M. Harris, Sempra Energy
  • Sarah Schlehr, The Schlehr Law Firm, PC

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Maribel Hernandez, The Save Mart Companies
  • Chaya Mandelbaum, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Break


10:30 – 12 noon | Leave of Absences—Review of All Leaves and Special Focus on FMLA/CFRA/PDL

California’s leave laws are among the most difficult for employers to comply with and manage. In this module, panelists will discuss the Family Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, and various other leaves impacting California employers. Special consideration will be given to the interplay of the various leaves and the potential pitfalls.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Lisa Yumi Mitchel, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Ramit Mizrahi, Mizrahi Law, APC

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Lisa Horgan, Littler Mendelson
  • Navruz Avloni, California Civil Rights Law Group
12 noon – 12:30 p.m. | Lunch & Networking

This is a great opportunity to re-connect with your acquaintances and connect with new ones!

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Complying With the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

Whether you represent union employees/employers or non-union employees/employers, chances are the National Labor Relations Act will impact your practice. This panel will provide you with an overview of employee rights under the Act, and common issues regularly impacting the workplace such as the use of arbitration agreements and the Act’s application to workplace policies/practices (social media, confidentiality, privacy, e-mail use, etc.). This module will also discuss the process of initiating and defending cases at the National Labor Relations Board.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Tom A. Lenz, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
  • Jonathan M. Cohen, Rothner, Segall & Greenstone

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Kwan Park, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Christy J. Kwon, National Labor Rel. Board
1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Break


2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Wage and Hour Basics

Navigating the wide range of California’s complex wage and hour laws can be challenging. This module’s panelists will discuss the sources of wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Labor Code, and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders. Topics to be reviewed include, rules regarding misclassification of employees, AB5, meal and rest periods, travel pay, final pay, failure to pay for off-the-clock work and pre and post shift activities, unlawful deductions, and common mistakes to avoid.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Aaron H. Cole, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Kelsey M. Szamet, Kingsley & Kingsley

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Alexandra Stathopoulos, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Hina Shah, Golden Gate Univ. School of Law Women’s Employment Rights Clinic
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Break


3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. | The Art of Depositions

Cases can be won or lost at trial based on a single deposition. Deposition testimony is also a powerful tool in settlement negotiations and in dispositive motions. This program is designed to provide practical strategies on how to take a successful deposition by providing tips on how to: (1) Ask the deponent clear critical questions regarding your case; (2) Pinpoint facts and knowledge possessed by the deponent; and (3) Effectively follow-up on a deponent’s answers.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Reginald Roberts, Sanders Roberts, LLP
  • Maria G. Diaz, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Michael A. Laurenson, Gordon Reese
  • Phil Horowitz, Law Offices of Phil Horowitz


Application Deadline: January 20, 2020

Apply for a scholarship to attend Employment Law 101— Fundamentals For The New Employment Practitioner, presented by the Labor and Employment Law Section. The Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is committed to encouraging the representation of persons of color, women, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, other underrepresented groups and those who work in the area of public service. As such, the Labor and Employment Law Section has committed to provide a scholarship to those persons who have traditionally been underrepresented in our field and/or working in public service in order to become familiar with the Labor and Employment Law Section.

Scholarship Application Form

Essential Information

How to Register

Register Online

Thursday, February 6, 2020
St. Anne’s Conference Center
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Onsite registration available!

Register By Mail or Email

Mail the registration form to: Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95814 Or email Program Registrations at In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Onsite Registration

Onsite registration will be on a space available basis. Call to confirm space availability.

Registration Fees

  • $225 Labor and Employment Section Members
  • $320 Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Labor and Employment Section for 2020)

**Onsite registration fees are $275 for Section Members and $370 for Non-Section Members

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Thursday, January 30, 2020 and are subject to a $25 service charge. Refunds will not be available after Thursday, January 30, 2020.


For registration information call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 916-516-1748.

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