2015 So Cal Employment Law Conference Agenda


7:30 am to 8:20 am:     Registration

8:20 am to 8:30 am:     Opening Remarks

Morning Session

8:30 am to 9:45 am: “Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace”
Presented by Jacob Barak, Esq.,  Staff Counsel, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

9:45 am to 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am to 11:00 am: “The Latest Information on California’s Paid Sick Leave-Ensure Compliance Before July 1, 2015”
Presented by Deputy Labor Commissioner Steve Jones, from the California Department of Industrial Relations

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: “Mastering California Leave Laws: A Closer Look at Disability Related Leave, Interactive Process, and Accommodation”
Presented by Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., SPHR and Armen Yedelyan, Esq.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Lunch Presentation: “Retaliation Claims: Why They Continue to Surge and How to Prevent Them”
Presented by Derek Li, Esq., Sr. Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Afternoon: Break-Out Sessions

Session One: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

“Preventing Work Comp Fraud in the Workplace”

Presented by Laura Clifford, Executive Director of the Employers’ Fraud Task Force and Shaddi Kamiabipour, Deputy District Attorney with the Insurance Fraud Unit, Orange County DA’s Office

“Understanding and Complying With the Amended California Family Rights Act Regulations”
Presented by Andrew Schneiderman, Councilmember, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Council and Dona Lee Skeren, Esq.

Workers’ Compensation Legislative, Judicial Trends and Strategies
Presented by Rene T. Folse, J.D., Ph.D.

“How to Effectively Manage and Defend Work Comp Claims-Advanced Techniques From the Experts”
Presented by John M. Langevin, Esq., and Amanda A. Manukian, Esq.

Session Two: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

“Performance, Discipline and Termination-Key Points on Avoiding Liability Associated with These Vital HR Actions”
Presented by Terry Bodwin, VP From Unified Grocers, Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., SPHR, and John B. Floyd, Esq., Sr. Partner at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

“An Update on the UR and IMR Process”
Presented by Todd T. Kelly, Esq., and Laura B. Banker, Esq.

“Identifying the Key Features of a Successful Interactive Process in Work Comp Cases”
Presented by George Cruz, Battalion Chief, L.A. County Fire Department, Eric E. Ostling Esq. and Dona Lee Skeren, Esq.

“Common Employer Mistakes Leading to Work Comp Claims”
Presented by Vic Alvarado, Senior Manager-Risk and Compliance for Springfield Insurance Company and David L. Jimenez, Esq.

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm: Break

Session Three: 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

“Seven Habits of Frequently Sued Employers, Avoid These Costly Mistakes”
Presented by Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., SPHR and Armen Yedalyan, Esq.

“Illegal Drug and Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Prevention and Response Strategies”
Presented by Troy W. Slaten, Esq., Robert A. Dudley, Esq., Robert C. Nichols, Esq.

“Is Your Company Committing Costly Wage and Hour Violations? Important Tips for Ensuring Compliance”
Presented by Eric E. Ostling, Esq., and Timothy D. Morgan, Esq.

“Reviewing Medical Reports and Defending Erroneous Ratings”
Presented by Leslie Dilbeck, Certified Impairment Rater with iRatings

Afternoon Session

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm: “Work Comp Resignations and C&R’s-What are the Legal Implications?”
Presented by John B. Floyd, Esq., David W. O’Brien, Esq., and Kyle R. Uebelhardt, Esq.

5:15 pm to 7:00 pm: “Mad Hatter Tea Party” Reception

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