2015 All Hands Meeting
October 29 Session
HR/Employment Law Track Agenda

Do Independent Contractors Remain a Viable Business Model in California?

Paul Cowie
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Uber and Lyft are the latest in a long series of high-profile independent contractor misclassification class actions to sweep California. Recent decisions from the EDD, the Ninth Circuit, and California's Court of Appeal all indicate a concerted movement toward limiting California companies' ability to utilize independent contractors. Yet, the sharing economy, such as Uber and Instacart, often utilize this model, demonstrating it remains the employment classification of choice for Silicon Valley tech companies, and beyond. This session will discuss the latest developments and trends in this hot button area, including analysis of the potential disastrous impact of an appeal pending before the California Supreme Court.

Life After SB 358: The California Fair Pay Act/Best Practices for Conducting an Investigation in an Employment Case/Building an Effective Narrative for Employment Cases: Disability Discrimination

Melinda Riechert, RJ Hendricks & Christopher Banks
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

This first part of this segment will focus on the new California Fair Pay Act, using a hypothetical to examine the application of this new statute. Following that will be a deep-dive into the nuts and bolts of conducting an effective internal investigation. Finally, the focus will shift to an essential function for in-house employment counsel -- building an effective narrative -- using a disability case as the hypothetical.

Transgender Employees in the Workplace

Wendy Lazerson & Geoffrey DeBoskey
Sidley Austin LLP

Companies have seen their obligations toward transgender applicants and employees change. A discussion of the state of the law, new developments and trends, and practical tips and best practices for ensuring compliance and inclusion in the workplace.

Protecting Trade Secrets In A Mobile Workforce

Carolyn Luedtke
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

In 2015, there are more ways to share data than ever before -- cloud storage, email, social network messaging, and USB drives that get traded and left in drawers. It is becoming more difficult to protect your company's confidential and trade secret information from disclosure by former employees. This session will explore actions that your company can take to protect against the loss of confidential and trade secret information, as well as steps to prevent the misappropriation of that information from others. Since prevention is not always successful, the session will also focus on the latest developments in trade secret litigation.

The Big Case: Defense counselís perspective on a milestone employment discrimination action for Silicon Valley

Lynne Hermle
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Ellen Paoís gender discrimination case touched off a national conversation about gender dynamics in the workplace, particularly in the tech sector. The nation was riveted by liveblogging and other coverage of every detail of the trial, from cross examinations to demonstratives. Then we held our collective breaths as the jury resolved claim after claim in favor of the defendant. In this presentation, the lead trial counsel for the defense will discuss her teamís approach to trying the case, in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion, and reflect on its larger impact.

Please Note: Program details are subject to change without notice

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