Conference At a Glance

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration, Breakfast & AFFILIATE SHOWCASE Begins Now Throughout The Event
8:30 – 10:30 am Opening Session followed by Littler’s Employment Law Update
10:30 -10:45 am Break & AFFILIATE SHOWCASE
10:45 – 11:40 am Littler’s Employment Law Update (continued)
11:40 – 11:45 am Special Presentation
11:45 – 12:00 pm Prize Drawings & Afternoon Orientation
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch & AFFILIATE SHOWCASE
12:45 – 2:15 pm Afternoon Break-Out Sessions
2:15 – 2:30 pm Break & AFFILIATE SHOWCASE
2:30 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break-Out Sessions












 Mission Statement

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AM General Session

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Keeping Your Organization on the Path of Legal Compliance! 

Marlene Muraco, Esq., Littler Shareholder & Richard Leasia, Esq., Littler Shareholder

CA employers must prepare for sweeping new regulations in 2018. Marlene Muraco and Dick Leasia – two of Littler’s leading attorneys will bring you up-to-speed with the most significant developments in labor and employment law, as well as the emerging trends and challenges ahead.   The Littler Employment Law Update General Session will include not just what is new and critical to know, but what you need to do about getting your policies and practices into compliance.

Marlene and Dick will highlight important changes including Minimum Wage Increase; Unpaid, job-protected new parent leave for baby bonding (businesses with 20 – 49 employees); Ban-the-box legislation, Restricting employers from asking about criminal history on job applications (businesses with 5 or more employees); A new law banning all employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history; New rules relating to worksite immigration enforcement; Expanded discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections, including new sexual harassment prevention training requirements, Labor commissioner authority, Construction contractor liability, Human trafficking posting requirements…and more!

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

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Mistakes Companies Still Make and What to do About Them!

Mel Cole, Esq., Littler & Alice Wang, Esq., Littler

Littler will cover commonly misunderstood and incorrectly applied principles of wage and hour compliance under California law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that (collectively) cost employers millions of dollars each year.  Including properly classifying employees as exempt and what to do if someone has been misclassified; how to navigate the treacherous waters of piece rate compensation; new developments that limit the ways employers can pay commissions; the latest developments in the laws relating to meal and rest breaks, and much more!


Balancing both Legal and Leadership Perspectives!

Marlene Muraco, Esq., Littler Shareholder & Melissa Irwin, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, TPO Senior Consultant/Training Specialist

Human Resources is a delicate balance of both Employment Regulations (risk management) and HR Best Practices (leadership and employee relations). Melissa Irwin, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP & Marlene Muraco, Esq. are pairing up again to provide that balanced perspective by taking real questions from the audience which will be answered from BOTH the legal and the leadership perspective to provide the most effective solutions. Write down those nagging questions, share them with the group, and gain insights and understanding from two leading experts at once… or just listen in on what others are asking for insight into topics relevant to your organization.

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 Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

Gina de Miranda, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca, TPO Bilingual Consultant/Trainer

Your job as a leader is to set people up for success. When things go off course, leaders take action. Do you find yourself coaching and cajoling with little to show for it? Let’s face it, lackluster performance impacts everyone and misaligned behavior is even worse. Attending this session will inspire you to develop your employees and address performance challenges with increased skill and confidence. Drawing on decades of experience, Gina enlivens performance management including:

  • How to Set People Up for Success
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback to Drive Accountability
  • Coaching, Correction or Both?
  • Sidestepping Legal Landmines
  • When and How to PIP
  • When and How to Say Goodbye


 Leveraging Cultural Differences & Diversity in the Workplace!

Dennis Hungridge, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, TPO Consultant/Training & Development Specialist

Using current research and in-session activities, Dennis will shine a light on (often unconscious) biases and blind spots that hamper the power of respect and inclusion.   We will start the process of answering the questions, “Why is diversity important? and “How do we go about creating an atmosphere of inclusion?” If you have attended Dennis’s programs before, you know you’re in for a great session!

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 Cultivating Compliance – Best Practices to Avoid Employment Liability!

Ryan Eddings, Esq., Littler Shareholder

Agricultural employers face a multitude of unique employment law issues in the areas of wage and hour law, immigration, health and safety and joint employer liability.   In this session, a Littler attorney will address issues in those areas that are particularly relevant to the agricultural industry, including the new overtime rules, the proper way to implement piece rate compensation,  rest and recovery period obligations, and ways to reduce potential liability when using farm labor contractors.



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