2017 All Hands Meeting
October 18 Session
HR/Employment Law Track Agenda

9:00AM-10:00AM   Room 209
Only In San Francisco - Unique Laws for San Francisco Employees

Wendy Lazerson
Sidley Austin LLP

This session will explore new developments in unique laws that impact Silicon Valley- based employers who have employees working in San Francisco.

10:30AM-12:00PM   Room 209
Avoiding, Defending, and Defeating Class Wage & Hour Class Actions

Veronica Gray & Allison Callaghan/G. Edward Anderson, Ph.D./Eric Kingsley
Nossaman LLP/Welch Consulting/Kingsley & Kingsley

So you thought your company was compliant and immune to a wage and hour class action and PAGA representative action. One of the biggest challenges in California is avoiding being a target of such an action. Wage and hour class actions still outpace every other type of workplace class action. In 2016, the top ten class action wage and hour settlements totaled $695.5 million. They significantly impact corporate financial statements. This panel discussion will first address recent legal developments in wage and hour class actions and PAGA followed by a discussion of effective measures to avoid, defeat and defend such actions. It will cover best practices in conducting an audit at your company and defending a wage and hour class action. The interactive panel will consistent of both plaintiff and defense counsel as well as outside consultants.

1:30PM-2:15PM   Room 209
Navigating State Laws Concerning Recreational and Medicinal Use of Marijuana

Joseph Torres
Winston & Strawn LLP

The ongoing, and seemingly unresolvable, conflict between state laws liberalizing the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana, and federal efforts to crack down on marijuana use presents a perfect storm for employers. This session will delve into the competing legal and practical considerations that employers must balance in crafting workable policies, and review recent legislative and case law developments.

2:20PM-3:05PM   Room 209
Navigating Leaves of Absence

Wendy Brenner
Cooley LLP

Employees in California are afforded a myriad of leave options under state and federal law, and employers frequently get tangled up when trying to sort through the various legal entitlements. This presentation will focus on pragmatic and coherent approaches for handling the leaves available to California employees, focusing on:
  • How to classify the various types of leave
  • The practical steps you must take when an employee goes on leave
  • The types of pay and benefits that may be available to employees on leave
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

3:30PM-4:30PM   Room 203/204
Stop Thief! or All's Fair In Love, War and Employee Mobility?

Carolyn Luedtke & Laura Smolowe
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

Crimestopper Tips for protecting trade secrets and protecting against claims of trade secret theft, with an emphasis on the impact and application of the 2016 Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.

Please Note: Program details are subject to change without notice

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