California Employment Law: Change is the Only Constant
Roberta Hayashi, Berliner Cohen partner and head of the Employment Law and Litigation group, will present a webinar on California employment law for the Society for Human Resource Management on May 29, 2014.
Every year, new court cases, state legislation and local ordinances affect companies doing business in California. In this webcast, she will provide an update of recent developments affecting California employers.
Among the laws that she will discuss:
- California’s increased minimum wage and the impact on compensation for exempt and non-exempt employees
- California’s expanded leave of absence requirements, including added protections for victims of stalking, which carry significant obligations for employers
- The Sanchez vs. Swissport case, which expands the amount of available pregnancy disability leave in all companies with five or more employees
- Expanded definitions for sexual harassment and retaliation, including the prohibition of making threats based on “immigration status”
In addition, she will discuss the development and implementation of policies, procedures and day-to-day practices in the workplace that are essential to compliance with these changes.
Roberta Hayashi has over 25 years of experience representing and advising Silicon Valley employers in employment and business litigation. She has trial experience in wrongful termination, discrimination, and misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information actions in both state and federal court. Ms. Hayashi has been named one of the “Top 50 Women Litigators” in California by The Daily Journal and recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition in the area of Employment Litigation Defense. Ms. Hayashi was honored for her outstanding contributions to the community and the profession by the Santa Clara County Bar Association with its Salsman Award and received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009. Ms. Hayashi also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association Employment Dispute Panel, and a member of the Santa Clara County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel.
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