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 7, 2019
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Register Online Here

Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Register Online Here

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Given the voluminous number of employment laws that are applicable to California employers, representing clients or working as an employment practitioner can be extremely challenging. In this conference, management and employee-side attorneys will cover the fundamentals of a variety of employment laws, including: discrimination, harassment, leaves of absences, wage and hour as well as employment agreements and alternative ways of resolving employment disputes.

Program Schedule 

Thursday, February 7 , 2019

8 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m. | Employment Law 101 – Comprehensive Review of State and Federal Laws

California provides employees various protections in the workplace that as practitioners we need to understand to provide effective representation. This panel will cover the key state and federal employment laws that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including how to prosecute and defend such cases and current trends.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Maribel Hernandez, The Save Mart Companies (Management)
  • Anna Levine-Gronningsater, The Bloom Firm (Employee)

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Kristianne Seargeant, Sutter Health (Management)
  • Latika Malkani, Siegel LeWitter Malkani (Employee)
10 – 10:15 a.m. | Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Leave of Absence Compliance

California’s leave laws are among the most difficult for employers to manage and comply with. In this program, panelists will discuss the Family Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, New Parent Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other leave laws that cover California employees. Special consideration will be given to the interplay of the various leave laws and potential pitfalls.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Joseph Ortiz, Best Best & Krieger (Management)
  • Ramit Mizrahi, Mizrahi Law, APC (Employee)

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Maribel Hernandez, The Save Mart Companies (Management)
  • Chaya Mandelbaum, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP (Employee)
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Employment Agreements – the Practical Guide to Drafting and Understanding their Impact in Litigation

This panel will review the most common types of contracts, including General Releases, Severance Agreements, and Arbitration Agreements. It will provide you with a practical guide to structuring and drafting effective employment agreements, covering their major provisions, interrelationships, and traps to avoid.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • April Szabo, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (Management)
  • Afshin Mozaffari, Mozaffari Law (Employee)

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Babak Yousefzadeh, Sheppard Mullin (Management)
  • Jennifer Liu, The Liu Law Firm, P.C. (Employee)
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Wage and Hour Basics

Navigating the wide range of California’s complex wage and hour laws can be challenging. This panel will discuss the sources of wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Labor Code, and IWC Wage Orders. Topics to be reviewed include rules regarding misclassification of employees, 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:

  • Chris Jalian, Paul Hastings (Management)
  • Cornelia Dai, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP (Employee)

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Alex Stathopoulos, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Management)
  • Hina Shah, Golden Gate University School of Law (Employee)
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | The Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration and mediation are two Common ways of resolving employment disputes between employers and employees. This module will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mediation and arbitration, effective mediation strategies, and how new lawyers and company executives can contribute to their clients’ mediation and arbitration success.

Los Angeles Speakers:

  • Serafin Tagarao, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (Management)
  • Andrew Friedman, Helmer & Friedman LLP (Employee)

San Francisco Speakers:

  • Baldwin Lee, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP (Management)
  • Bryan Schwartz, Bryan Schwartz Law (Employee)

Essential Information

Registration Fees

  • $225 for Labor and Employment Law Section Members
  • $320 for Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Labor and Employment Law Section for 2019)

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


In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to the California Lawyers Association, or credit card information, must be received 5 working days prior to the program.

How to Register

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019: Register Online Here
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019: Register Online Here
  • Fill out the Reg Form and mail to Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association, 180 Howard Street, Suite 410 San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Fill out the Reg Form and email to Program Registration at In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than 5 working days before the date of the conference and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after that date.


For registration information call 415-795-7025. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 415-795-7107.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 415-795-7107.


On-site registration will be on a space available basis. Call to confirm space availability.

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