2019 Employment Law Conference – March 6, 2019

Mullen & Henzell L.L.P., will present the 23rd Employment Law Conference in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Conference Topics – 

  • 2019 California Legislative Update
  • Dynamex: The Evolving Tests for Independent Contractors
  • Conducting Harassment & Workplace Investigations
  • 2019 Wage & Hour Update
  • Conducting an Internal Wage & Hour Audit
  • Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of ERISA Liability
  • 2019 California Wrongful Termination Update

Below is a schedule of the conference events, to view the full conference brochure, please click on the following link:  2019 Employment Law Conference Brochure

Registration is now open.

23rd Annual Employment Law Conference

March 6, 2019
Four Seasons Biltmore
Santa Barbara, California

Schedule of Events

8:15 – 8:45 – Registration and Continental Breakfast – La Pacifica Terrace Ballroom
8:45 – 9:00 – Welcome and Introduction
Paul K. Wilcox
12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch
9:00 – 9:50 – 2019 California Legislative Update
Paul K. Wilcox
• Sexual harassment prevention training required for all employees
• No more confidentiality clauses in sexual harassment settlement agreements?
• Further restriction on use of criminal history to exclude applicants
• Review of the proposed new employment laws vetoed by Governor Brown in 2018
1:15 – 2:10 – 2019 Wage & Hour Update
Rafael Gonzalez
• State and local minimum wage increases
• Developments regarding bonuses, on-call, paystub, and de minimis compensable time
• Review of all the ways that owners and managers can be personal liable for wage and hour claims
• Class action and PAGA update – cause for hope?
9:50 – 10:45 – Dynamex: The Evolving Tests for Independent Contractors
Rafael Gonzalez and Osaama Saifi
• The California Supreme Court’s New “ABC Test”
• Ongoing confusion over applicability of Borello and other independent contractor tests
• Essential elements of an independent contractor agreement
• Anticipating joint-employer liability: indemnity
and insurance obligations with vendors and
2:20 – 3:20 – Breakout Sessions
Group A – Conducting an Internal Wage & Hour Audit – La Pacifica Terrace Ballroom
Brian T. Daly and Rafael Gonzalez
• How to anticipate the most common types
of claims
• What to do when you find something is wrong
• Documenting the process in a way that protects the Company and does not end up as Exhibit A in a lawsuit
• Attorney-client and other applicable privileges
Group B – Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of ERISA Liability – El Mar Room
Christine P. Roberts
• Avoiding 401(k) Errors that Plaintiffs Can Exploit
• Keeping Severance and Separation Agreements out of ERISA Territory
• Beneficiary Designations – How to Avoid Costly Disputes
10:45 – 11:00 – Morning Break 3:20 – 3:30 – Afternoon Break
11:00 – 11:50 – Conducting Harassment & Workplace
Paul K. Wilcox and Allegra Geller-Kudrow
• New DFEH rules on how to conduct investigations
• What your policy should say about investigations, and what it should not say
• Confidentiality and attorney-client privilege issues
• Selecting an effective and credible investigator
• What to document and what documents to retain after the investigation concludes
• “He said/she said” issues and resolutions of factual disputes
3:30 – 4:25 – 2019 California Wrongful Termination
Paul K. Wilcox
• Promise not to solicit employees of former employer deemed illegal as a form of non-compete
• Employer not liable for car accident while employee was on cell phone
• Employee may be “regarded as disabled” even if not actually disabled
• Hugging by male supervisors, standing alone, may create a sexually hostile work environment for women
11:50 – 12:00 – Questions and Answers 4:25 – 4:40 – Questions and Answers





Mullen & Henzell L.L.P., is a full service law firm. We offer the Central Coast’s premier employment law group, as well as expertise in business transactions, estate planning, and civil litigation.


  The Santa Barbara Human Resource Association is a professional association formed to provide leadership and support for the growth and development of our community’s human resource professionals and the organizations they serve.