Employment Discrimination And Employee Relations Laws

09-15-21 | In-Person (limited seating) or Live Broadcast , 9:00a - 4:30p PST

In Person* at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 924 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia
Or Live Broadcast
9:00am-4:30pm PST
12:00pm-7:30pm EST

Richard J. Simmons
& Hilary A. Habib, Attorneys
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles, California

This seminar is designed to guide participants through the ever-changing maze of state and federal employment discrimination laws. The program is attended by HR professionals, personnel specialists, attorneys, owners, supervisors and other management officials. Registrants will receive a copy of Richard J. Simmons' EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND EEO PRACTICE MANUAL FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS (over 860 pages)**. This is the first work of its kind — a one-stop desk reference to state and federal EEO, employment discrimination, anti-harassment, and record retention laws affecting California employers.

The program will also examine other personnel laws and issues of significance to California employers. The rapidly developing laws addressing disability discrimination, reasonable accommodation, harassment, retaliation, pregnancy discrimination, “wrongful discharge” and “unfair termination” of employees will be examined. Simmons’ book provides a detailed review of the means by which employers can AVOID LIABILITIES in this area. Employers have been found liable for millions of dollars in damages for wrongfully terminating employees.

The course will also present a review of questions that can be asked in interviews and applications, and how to treat employees on pregnancy and workers’ compensation leaves of absence.

Among the many subjects that will be discussed in the program are the following:

  • US Supreme Court decisions defining the scope of Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • New amendments to California laws
  • Pre-employment inquiries in interviews and applications and "Ban The Box" rules
  • Rules on punitive, exemplary, and emotional distress damages
  • Sexual harassment — recent changes to the law and training rules
  • New salary history rules
  • Pregnancy leave regulations, transfer rules, and notification obligations
  • California FEHC developments and regulations
  • Disability discrimination — New state rules, decisions defining covered "disabilities" and employer obligations
  • Wrongful termination — employer pitfalls, safeguards, and defensive practices
  • Complaint procedures — liabilities and remedies
  • Age discrimination — new issues — jury trials — liabilities
  • Americans With Disabilities Act and EEOC Guidance
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act and regulations
  • Impact of California’s Marijuana Legalization Reforms
  • State law protections for employees with alcohol and drug addictions
  • Sexual preference, orientation, and gender identity
  • New Equal Pay Laws
  • English-only rules and updated regulations
  • Dress and grooming standards
  • Mental disability rules — scope of protection for mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction
  • Workers' compensation leaves of absence — job retention rights — continuation of benefits and insurance — duration of leaves
  • Immigration concerns of employers
  • Emotional distress claims
  • New gender expression and identity protections
  • Hiring practices
  • Defending cases before the EEOC and California DFEH
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • Defenses and strategies
  • Common pitfalls and areas of exposure
  • Inspection of personnel files
  • Disciplinary action and interviews
  • Defamation issues and recent amendments
  • Blacklisting and misrepresentation laws
  • Communication skills rules
  • Telecommuting and work-from-home accommodations
  • Other significant issues
  • Questions and answers
* Castle Publications has adopted a “vaccination required” approach for all in-person attendees. Should you wish to attend the program in person, you are certifying that you meet the CDC definition of being Fully Vaccinated and you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination upon registration check-in or prior to the day of the event. Limited seating.

** If attending virtually, the print copy of the Employment Discrimination and EEO Practice Manual will be shipped prior to the program date. If attending in person, the Manual will be issued at the program. The electronic copy is also available for an additional fee. See registration page for more details.