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

Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula is guided by the belief that a person’s health reflects the nurturing of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Our programs are dedicated to promoting the physical, social, and personal well-being and independence of seniors, home-bound frail elderly and disabled adults on the Monterey Peninsula. Programs and services enable people to enjoy good health and the highest quality of living as long as possible.

 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

Learn from the leading Littler Attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future. Learn about the many compliance issues that are of greatest concern to corporate counsel, human resource professionals, executives and other managers on a day-to-day basis. Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

 Afternoon Breakout Sessions 

Mistakes Employers Still Make and What to do About Them!

Mel ColeEsq., Littler 

Mel 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 how to avoid class actions; properly classifying employees; meal and rest break common mishaps; how to navigate the treacherous waters of piece rate compensation; best practices for timekeeping; the latest developments in the laws relating to independent contractors, and much more!


Balancing both Legal and Leadership Perspectives!

Marlene Muraco, Esq., Littler Shareholder & Melissa Irwin, SPHR, PHRca, 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, PHRca, 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.

The BIG Question is, WHAT Makes them STAY?

Tonja Posey, IPMA-SCP, TPO Senior Consultant/Trainer & Michaelle Stanford, PHRca, TPO Consultant

There is nothing more frustrating than losing GREAT employees.  TPO will provide insights on PROVEN RETENTION ESSENTIALS to keep your most valued team members engaged.  Tonja and Michaelle are teaming up to share the latest research, and what leading experts have uncovered as the foremost answers to “what matters most” to today’s top performers .. and how to keep them! You will learn some of the top ways enlightened employers have institutionalized a culture of respect and enrichment aimed at retaining their greatest employees.  TPO will share our best tips on why “branding” your business is important, and how to identify and leverage “what makes them stay”.  We will uncover the “5 Secrets” to Valuable Retention while introducing the ACORN Imperatives to help you engage and keep the best of the best.

 But You Can Get What You Need!

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

It often takes Crucial Conversations to untangle what’s going on to conquer the most challenging issues at work. With his usual flare, Dennis will break this down into Actions, Tools and Attitudes for how to Resolve Conflict and Improve Negotiation Outcomes. In this active, participant-driven session, you will gain an understanding of how to work through a process for separating what you WANT from what you NEED. You will develop a profile of your personal communication style, along with identifying and understanding some of the motivators and/or roadblocks (yours and others) for conducting negotiations and/or difficult conversations. Participants will walk away with a set of behaviors and attitudes to use right away for increased confidence and effectiveness to Align, Engage and Execute on the strategies you and your team need to achieve.

 A 2020 Overview and What Lies Ahead!

Laura Devane, Esq., Littler Shareholder

Agricultural employers face a multitude of unique employment law issues in the areas of wage and hour law, immigration, health, safety and joint employer liability. Laura, one of Littler’s leading ag employment law experts, 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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