Seminar Invitation: Mid-Year Employment Law Update

Foster City Seminar:  Thursday, June 15, 2017

(presented by Brian Nagatani & Mary Wang)

Los Angeles Seminar:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017
(presented by Brian Nagatani)
San Diego Seminar:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

(presented by Brian Nagatani & Mary Wang)

San Francisco Seminar:  Tuesday, June 13, 2017
(presented by Ray Hixson & Mary Wang)

Santa Clara Seminar:  Tuesday, June 20, 2017
(presented by Ray Hixson & Mary Wang)

Time (All Locations):  Check-In & Lunch:  11:30 a.m.-noon; Presentation:  noon-2:30 p.m.

Attend this seminar to catch up on a wide range of important new developments in employment law that we’ve seen in the first half of 2017.  The program will address:

  • Wage & Hour Law Updates:
    • Prior Salary History:  Newly proposed/enacted laws across the country banning inquiries into applicants’ prior salary history; new court ruling as to when prior salary history can justify a pay disparity under the federal Equal Pay Act; California’s more restrictive requirements; federal DOL audit of Google regarding pay practices.
    • Day of Rest Law:  A new California Supreme Court decision clarifying a California law that prohibits employers from causing employees to work more than six days in seven, and whether an employer can permit an employee to forego the day of rest.
    • “Comp Time”:  A proposed federal law that would allow employers to provide comp time instead of paying overtime, and critical differences in California law.
    • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt:  Hot issues and recent court rulings.
  • Leave of Absence/Disability Law Updates:
    • California court ruling that an employer was not required to allow an employee to rescind notice of resignation she gave while in an “altered mental state” due to medication.
    • New EEOC Employee Mental Health Guidance.
    • California federal court ruling that employee could sue for FMLA leave interference based upon termination eight days after returning to work from gender reassignment surgery (despite allegedly disparaging comments the employee made about the employer on Glassdoor).
    • Court ruling that employer acted lawfully in terminating a disabled employee after five months of leave, and employee could not demonstrate that she could likely return.
    • Sick leave law developments.
  • Employee Trade Secrets Theft:  Google wins an injunction restricting the work of a former engineer at Uber, based upon evidence that the employee downloaded files to take to Uber; we’ll review recommended practices to protect against trade secrets theft by departing employees.
  • Federal Law:  Update on employment law related actions taken by the Trump administration, and what’s expected in the future.
  • Sexual Harassment; Assault, Domestic Violence, & Stalking Victims; Investigations:  $1.6 million jury verdict following UPS’  inadequate response to sexual harassment complaint; $1.7 million settlement for former executive assistant who alleged sexual harassment by the Dean of the UC-Berkeley law school; court ruling that Home Depot may be held liable for the murder of an employee by a manager who sexually harassed her; new California law requiring employers to give a notice of rights regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking to all new hires starting July 1, 2017; investigation best practices.
  • Age Discrimination:  $51.6 million jury verdict against Lockheed Martin for age discrimination in laying off a 66 year old senior project specialist, allegedly due in part to a subjective layoff selection process; 74 year old wins age discrimination lawsuit based on termination following health problems, even though he was replaced by a 68 year old.
  • Arbitration:  California court ruling that employer could compel staffing agency worker to arbitrate claims based upon the staffing agency’s arbitration agreement with the employee; update on the legal status of class action waivers in arbitration agreements.
Time will also be reserved for attendee questions during the program. All attendees will receive detailed PowerPoint slides and additional written materials.

Your presenters will be attorneys Ray Hixson,  Brian Nagatani, and Mary Wang, who are partners of the law firm Hixson Nagatani LLP.  Hixson Nagatani LLP advises and represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters.  The firm provides advice and counsel on proactive steps that employers should take to ensure compliance and minimize legal risks, including with respect to creating and updating personnel policies and practices, personnel-related forms, risk assessment of contemplated personnel actions, and managers’ legal training.  The firm also defends employers against actual and threatened employee claims, including claims made in state and federal courts, arbitration, and government agencies.

Continuing education credits:  This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.  This program qualifies for 2.5 hours of MCLE for California attorneys.

Locations & Dates:

Foster City, CA:  Thursday, June 15, 2017; Crowne Plaza Foster City, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404.

Los Angeles, CA:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017; Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

San Diego, CA:  Thursday, June 22, 2017; The Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego, CA 92130.

San Francisco, CA:  Tuesday, June 13, 2017; San Francisco AIDS Foundation; 1035 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Santa Clara, CA:  Tuesday, June 20, 2017; The Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054.

Time (All Locations):  Check-In & Lunch:  11:30 a.m.-noon; Presentation:  noon-2:30 p.m.

Registration fee:  Clients of Hixson Nagatani LLP may attend for no charge.  For non-clients, there is a $100 registration fee to be paid at the time of registration.  To pay the registration fee using PayPal, click here:  PayPal link.  Or, you may mail a check payable to Hixson Nagatani LLP to:  Yahaira Ortiz, Office Manager, Hixson Nagatani LLP, 4655 Old Ironsides Drive, Suite 420, Santa Clara, CA  95054.  Please note that you must also separately register for the program through one of the links below.

This event may sell out in some or all locations, so register quickly to reserve your space!






If you have any questions, please contact: Yahaira Ortiz, Office Manager (; 408-486-9955).

Please note that neither this invitation nor the seminar constitutes legal advice.  Rather, they are meant only to assist in a general understanding of the law.  Companies and individuals seeking legal advice should retain legal counsel.  This e-mail may be considered attorney advertising in some states.  Prior results described do not guarantee similar outcomes in future cases or transactions.

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