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The ten hottest topics facing California employers in 2014 and beyond.

Todd Scherwin
Regional Managing Partner
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Summary of presentation: There are many issues facing California employers today from meal periods compliance, rounding of time, standby time, and off the clock time to arbitration agreements, background checks, and harassment claims, the 90 minute presentation and Q&A will tackle these topics which are the most challenging to California employers today. 

Todd's practice involves representing employers in various aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment, state and federal wage-hour matters, including class actions, employment handbook preparation, trade-secret protection and day to day employment matters.
Todd regularly counsels employers on dealing with difficult issues with their workforce including state and federal leave laws and wage-hour laws.
Todd has defended employers in civil litigation, including bench trials and arbitrations as well as before federal and state administrative agencies including the Department of Labor, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He regularly provides human resource training to clients and speaks to employers and employer groups regarding labor and employment issues.
Todd is a member of the HR Advisory Board at the California State University, Long Beach where he is currently a lecturer in the Human Resources Management Program teaching California Labor and Employment Law. The Recorder named Todd to its “2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track” list, which recognizes 50 attorneys in California with early career accomplishments that indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.

May PIHRA Meeting



Workplace Investigations: What’s New for 2014 in California & Beyond

Beth K. Whittenbury, Esq
Beth K. Whittenbury & Associates

Guidelines and best practices for workplace investigations around job descriptions, EEOC, Title VII, social media and more.


Woodhaven Country Club
41-555 Woodhaven Drive East
Palm Desert, CA
Wednesday, May 21st from 8am to 10am
Breakfast is included
$25 Members/$30 Non-Members
About our speaker:
Beth K. Whittenbury began her legal career in the Labor and Employment Law Group of what was then known as Pillsbury Madison and Sutro in their San Francisco Office. She left to found her consulting practice specializing in resolving employment issues without litigation. She currently conducts sexual harassment training, workplace resolution systems audtis, employee mediations and fact-finding investigations. She taught Business Law at the college level for 5 years. She served on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA, a chapter of SHRM), and as a member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, (a Southern California chapter of SHRM) she served on the Board of Directors for PHIRA's District 7 and as a liaison to PIHRA's Legislative Affairs Committee.

She is active in the American Bar Association, currently serving as Chair-Elect of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section Employment Law and Litigation Committee and on the Commission on Youth at Risk. She has served as Co-Chair of the Public Education Committee of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. During her tenure in that capacity, the Public Education Committee won the Committee Excellence Award. She has written four books, numerous articles and appeared as a presenter, moderator, and key note speaker for several major conferences.
As one who highly values public education, Beth has served as a PTA President and continues in an active role for her local PTA.
Beth has been recognized by her peers for her quality of professional service and high ethical standards as evidenced by her election to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a group limited to 1/3 of the top 1% of attorneys practicing in each state. Beth served that organization as Western Regional Chair of the Fellows from 2004-2007 and sat on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation from 1999-2005, with one year on the Executive Board as Secretary.
Ms. Whittenbury is an active member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Association of Workplace Investigators.

 Legal Briefing with David Mulé in May
David Mulé is a partner of FitzGerald & Mulé LLP and has been a labor and employment lawyer in the Coachella Valley for nearly 20 years. David Mulé serves his clients well by bringing a breadth of experience that comes from representing both individuals and management clients his entire career. He has litigated cases in all aspects of the field, such as wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour class actions, trade secrets, NLRB matters, tribal labor relations and contract disputes. He also regularly assists employers in developing sound policies and practices to help them comply with the numerous labor and employment laws that affect their businesses.  For more information, please visit David's website:  www.FitzGeraldMuleLaw.com.


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