Seminar Invitation: 2018 Mid-Year Employment Law Update

Los Angeles Seminar:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018

(presented by Brian Nagatani)

San Diego Seminar:  Wednesday, June 27, 2018
(presented by Ray Hixson & Mary Wang)

San Francisco Seminar:  Friday, June 29, 2018
(presented by Ray Hixson & Brian Nagatani)

Santa Clara Seminar:  Thursday, June 21, 2018
(presented by Ray Hixson, Brian Nagatani, & Mary Wang)

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

The first half of 2018 has already generated a number of blockbuster legal developments for California employers.  Attend this live seminar to catch up on:

  • Arbitration Agreements:  The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that employers may use arbitration agreements to require employees to waive the right to file class action lawsuits; related updates to arbitration agreements; pros and cons of adopting arbitration agreements.
  • Independent Contractors:  The California Supreme Court’s dramatic narrowing of which workers may be treated as contractors instead of employees in Dynamex v. Superior Court; the landmark gig economy ruling in Lawson v. Grubhub, and how it is affected by Dynamex; recommended actions to mitigate misclassification risks, including internal audits; related updates to independent contractor agreements.
  • Wage & Hour Law Update:  The California Supreme Court’s ruling as to how employers must factor non-discretionary bonuses into non-exempt overtime pay; certain California local law minimum wages increasing effective July 1, 2018; California court ruling that underpayment of an employee upon termination due to ignorance of a local ordinance was deemed “willful” for purposes of liability for waiting time penalties.
  • Internships:  New federal guidelines, and California differences; why most interns must be paid.
  • Personal Liability:  A proposed new California law that would impose personal liability upon employees (including HR professionals) for retaliation; review of forms of personal liability that already exist.
  • Criminal History:  Target’s $3.74 million settlement for alleged automatic disqualification of applicants over criminal history; review of California’s strict “ban the box” law, and proposed new regulations interpreting the same.
  • Prior Salary History:  New federal court ruling that prior salary history alone cannot justify pay disparity; review of California’s even more strict state law.
  • Proposed Modifications to California Anti-Discrimination/Harassment Regulations:  Expanding the definition of “employees” that must be counted for purposes of anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training law coverage; recruiting practices defined to create a presumption of age discrimination against age 40+ applicants (such as requiring candidates to be “digital natives,” or to maintain a college-affiliated e-mail address).
  • Leave of Absence Update:  Proposed new regulations for California’s New Parent Leave Act; update on new sick leave laws nationwide.

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 and SHRM for review.  This program qualifies for 2.5 hours of MCLE for California attorneys.

Locations & Dates:

Los Angeles, CA:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018; Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (ROOM: Araki Education Center)

San Diego, CA:  Wednesday, June 27, 2018; The Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar, 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego, CA 92130.

San Francisco, CA:  Friday, June 29, 2018; San Francisco AIDS Foundation; 1035 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Santa Clara, CA:  Thursday, June 21, 2018; 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).