2020 California Employment Law Update Seminar

San Diego Seminar:  Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (presented by Ray Hixson & Brian Nagatani)

San Francisco Seminar:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (presented by Ray Hixson, Brian Nagatani, & Mary Wang)

Santa Clara Seminar:  Thursday, January 16, 2020 (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.

An epic array of new legal developments ushers in a new decade on January 1, 2020 for California employers.  We’ll help you navigate the new legal terrain in this 2.5 hour live seminar.  Attend to learn more about:

  • Employee Arbitration Agreements:  California’s new ban on mandatory employee arbitration agreements, and an update on a legal challenge to the new law. 
  • Employee Handbooks/Policy Updates:  Review of updates required for 2020, including new mandatory lactation accommodation policy language, required harassment prevention policy updates, and San Francisco Paid Parental Leave/California PFL policy expansion to 8 weeks leave (effective July 1, 2020). 
  • Independent Contractors:  Impact of Assembly Bill 5’s codification of the strict “ABC” test effective January 1, 2020, exceptions to the test; review of high-profile lawsuits involving alleged contractor misclassification. 
  • Wage & Hour:  New federal overtime exemption regulations for 2020; California state and local minimum pay requirements for exempt and non-exempt positions; Zocdoc’s $1.4 million settlement of overtime claims by inside sales staff; California Supreme Court ruling that employees may not recover backpay under the California Private Attorney General Act; California Court of Appeal ruling that wage and hour exclusion from employment practices liability insurance policy should be narrowly construed. 
  • Leaves of Absence:  California Court of Appeals ruling that employee had a valid claim for wrongful termination based upon benefits administrator’s mistaken belief that the employee was totally disabled and unable to work. 
  • Workplace Investigations:  New NLRB ruling that permits employers to ban employees from discussing pending investigations with other employees. 
  • Harassment Prevention Training:  Trainings required by January 1, 2021 under California law. 
  • Other new developments, including California’s ban on no-rehire clauses in settlement agreements, $15.4 million verdict for Los Angeles Times columnist for alleged age and disability discrimination, $19.9 million verdict for an employee denied promotion allegedly due to sexual orientation and retaliation for complaining.

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

Your presenters will be attorneys Ray Hixson,  Brian Nagatani,  and Mary Wang, 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:

San Diego, CA: Wednesday, January 29, 2020; Doubletree by Hilton San Diego – Del Mar, 11915 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

San Francisco, CA:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020; San Francisco AIDS Foundation; 1035 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Santa Clara, CA:  Thursday, January 16, 2020; 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 (yahaira@hnemploymentlaw.com; 408-486-9955).