Complimentary Webinar Invitation: 2020 Mid-Year California Employment Law Update

Complimentary Webinar:  Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (noon to 1:30 p.m. PDT)


Hixson Nagatani LLP sends you our well wishes during these very difficult times.  In lieu of our traditional in-person mid-year update seminar series, we’re providing this complimentary 90 minute webinar to update employers on new legal developments, and to review key employer responsibilities in this extraordinary moment in history.  Topics will include:

  • Return to Work:  Employer do’s and don’ts when returning employees to work under Cal-OSHA, local public health orders, and anti-discrimination laws; managing potentially high-risk scenarios when employees refuse to return to work.
  • Work from Home:   Legal requirements, best practices, and pitfalls for employers, including with respect to expense reimbursement, and distinctions between voluntary versus mandatory telecommuting arrangements; expense reimbursement obligations; whether and when travel from a home office to the company’s office is compensable time worked.
  • Leaves of Absence:  Update on new leave laws, and application of existing leave laws, to COVID-19 pandemic related absences.
  • Cost-Cutting Measures:  We’ll review key legal do’s and don’ts related to common cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, temporary furloughs, pay reductions, work schedule reductions. 
  • Unlimited Vacation:  In the first reported California court decision related to “unlimited” vacation policies, McPherson v. EF Intercultural Foundation, Inc., the California Court of Appeal held that the employer was required to pay terminated employees for unused vacation, despite the employer’s argument that it had an “unlimited” non-accrual vacation policy.  We’ll review common mistakes involving unlimited vacation practices that run afoul of McPherson, and how to update vacation policies and practices in light of this important new ruling.
  • “Contractor” Status Update:  The California Attorney General’s and multiple cities’ lawsuit against Uber and Lyft to enforce California Assembly Bill 5; new California ballot measure concerning AB 5.

Attendees will receive detailed Powerpoint slides and some additional written materials. Some time will also be reserved for answering attendee questions.

Your presenters will be attorneys Ray HixsonBrian 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 1.5 hours of MCLE for California attorneys.

Date & Time:

Date:  Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration fee:  This webinar is free of charge.