Seminar Invitation: 2018 Employment & Immigration Law Update

Los Angeles Seminar:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(presented by Brian Nagatani & David Sindell)
San Diego Seminar:  Thursday, January 18, 2018

(presented by Ray Hixson, Mary Wang, David Sindell & Barbara Wong)

San Francisco Seminar:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018
(presented by Ray Hixson, Mary Wang, David Sindell & Barbara Wong)

Santa Clara Seminar:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018
(presented by Ray Hixson, Brian Nagatani, Mary Wang, David Sindell & Barbara Wong)

Time (All Locations):  Check-In & Lunch:  11:30 a.m.-noon; Presentation:  noon-3:00 p.m.

This is a time of sweeping changes in California employment law and immigration law.  Attend this seminar to catch up on critical compliance information for 2018, including:

  • Anticipated New California Regulations:  Key changes reflected in the California Fair Employment & Housing Council’s proposed regulations regarding the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), New Parent Leave Act (including significant differences with CFRA leave), applicant/employee criminal history, national origin discrimination (including more strict limitations on language restriction policies), and religious discrimination.
  • Expansion of Parental Leave to FMLA-Ineligible Employees:  How California’s New Parent Leave Act affects both large and small employers with at least 20 employees within a 75-mile radius, and necessary updates to leave policies, practices, and notices.
  • California’s New Ban on Prior Salary History Inquiries:  What the new law does and does not prohibit, and satisfying the ambiguous requirement to provide a “pay scale” to applicants upon reasonable request.
  • Criminal History “Ban the Box” Law:  How California’s new law impacts common hiring policies, practices and forms.
  • Wage & Hour:  $12 million settlement of claims against Victoria’s Secret for not paying time when workers called in to ask if they should report to work; $8.75 million proposed settlement of claims against Postmates for allegedly misclassifying on-demand delivery workers as contractors; $2 million settlement paid by Supercuts for employee expense reimbursement claims related to business use of personal mobile devices and automobiles; new minimum pay standards for exempt and non-exempt employees taking effect in 2018 under California state law, and various City/County local laws across the state.
  • Disparagement of Employers on Glassdoor:  California court ruling on what an employer must provide to require disclosure of the identify of an anonymous poster; EEOC retaliation lawsuit against an employer for terminating an employee because of a Glassdoor post.
  • Lactation Accommodation Requirements:  Including how San Francisco’s new law differs from existing California/federal law requirements.
  • Employment Immigration Law Update:  Our guest speakers from the immigration law firm SW Law Group, P.C. will discuss revised immigration policies under the Trump administration, including stricter scrutiny, extreme vetting and resulting increased Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs).

Time will also be reserved for attendee questions during the program. All attendees will receive detailed PowerPoint slides and additional written materials.

Ray Hixson,  Brian Nagatani, and Mary Wang of the law firm Hixson Nagatani LLP will present the employment law updates.  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.

David Sindell and Barbara Wong, managing partners of the law firm SW Law Group, P.C. will present the immigration law updates.  SW Law Group, P.C. advises and represents employers and employees in a wide range of immigration law matters, including business immigration (H-1, L-1, E, O visas), and employment based permanent residence applications. The firm also represent employers before the Department of Labor and other government agencies.  With offices in California, New York, Tokyo, and Thailand, the firm also assists foreign nationals with consular processing issues at US embassies abroad.

Continuing education credits:  This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.  This program qualifies for 3.0 hours of MCLE for California attorneys.

Locations & Dates:

Los Angeles, CA:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018; Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (ROOM: Democracy Lab).

San Diego, CA:  Thursday, January 18, 2018; DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Del Mar; 11915 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130.

San Francisco, CA:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018; San Francisco AIDS Foundation; 1035 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Santa Clara, CA:  Tuesday, January 24, 2018; The Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054.

Time (All Locations):  Check-In & Lunch:  11:30 a.m.-noon; Presentation:  noon-3:00 p.m.

Registration fee:  Clients of Hixson Nagatani LLP and SW Law Group, P.C. 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).