TPO and Littler will guide you through an informative 3-day VirtuaLive event, balancing both Legal and Leadership Best Practices to prepare you for 2021 and beyond!

A Premier Conference for Business Owners, Managers, HR, Risk Management and Legal Counsel in Public, Private and Non-Profit Organizations.

Conference At a Glance

Convenient Schedule Spanning Over 3 Days


January 26th

Jill Russell & Robert Russell, SPHR, TPO Principals

Marlene Muraco, Esq., Littler Shareholder & Richard Leasia, Esq., Littler Shareholder
CA employers must prepare for more sweeping new regulations in 2021. 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 Update will highlight important changes and reminders including COVID-19’s Worker's Comp Disputable Presumption, Employer Notifications, and immunizations in the workplace; CFRA Expansion for employers with 5+ employees; Pay Data Reporting; New requirements for reporting Child Abuse and expanded Crime Victims’ rights; Minimum Wage Increase; EDD Work Sharing Modifications; Amendment of the CA salary threshold for overtime exemptions; More changes to who may qualify as an independent contractor in California; Expanded liability for unlawful harassment and discrimination; 2021 implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018; Restricting the circumstances under which arbitration agreements can be used; Increased penalties for wage and hour violations; Prohibiting no-rehire provisions in settlement agreements; Changes to Cal/OSHA reporting requirements ...and more!


January 27th

Mel Cole, Esq., Littler Shareholder 
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; including when working from home; the latest developments in the laws relating to independent contractors; how the pandemic leads to more common mistakes and what to avoid, and much more!

Michaelle Stanford, PHRca, M.A., TPO Lead Consultant, Training Specialist
The remote magic genie is out of the bottle and it’s not likely to go back in! Reliable studies show that 25 – 30% of the employees will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.  In fact, even before COVID, repeated studies showed 80% of employees want to work from home at least some of the time. Great news… we’ve discovered some magic that drives employee satisfaction! Now let’s get this right! Michaelle will share important research, resources and TPO Remote Workforce tools. She focusses on critical benefits and challenges of this “here to stay” trend including: Business Resiliency; HR Compliance & Policies; Employee Profiles; Leadership, Culture & Trust; the Impacts on Managers, Teams and Job Satisfaction; Productivity; Work Tools – and more. Don’t miss this, it’s not as easy as it looks!


January 28th

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-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. We’re just guessing there may be some interesting COVID and CFRA questions!

Dennis Hungridge, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, TPO Training & Development Specialist
COVID’s Roller Coaster Ride has taken Change Management to a whole new level! 2020’s people leaders the world over were swept away from business as usual to largely uncharted territory. Like a stressful amusement park ride you want to get off, everything familiar went up-side-down and sideways – and not just at work! 2021 promises to be a year of stabilization. Leveraging from the things that changed for the better to re-attaching to the tried and true. Dennis will share a hopeful and optimistic forecast ahead – reminding us of critical leadership principals, productivity and focus techniques, and the importance of self-care while you focus on the well-being of others.  You will gain a set of Actions, Tools and Attitudes to use right away to re-invigorate yourself and others for the year ahead. Dennis is always fun and enlightening, and who couldn’t use that to start the year!

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, safety and joint employer liability. And now the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the industry. Ryan, 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 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.



PLEASE READ: Once registered, you will be required to complete a very short registration for Day 2 & Day 3, registration links will be provided on the official conference confirmation once you register.

TPO Members attend FREE* as part of Annual Membership!


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January 4th


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