Ventura County - Hot Topics in Employment Law: The Year in Review 2017 - 2018
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Ventura County - Hot Topics in Employment Law: The Year in Review 2017 - 2018

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Spanish Hills Country Club
999 Crestview Ave
Camarillo, California  93010
United States
Presenter: Jonathan Fraser Light, Karen L. Gabler & Ryan Haws
Contact: Mary Valdivieso

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PIHRA Ventura County

Hot Topics in Employment Law:
The Year in Review 2017 - 2018
(Extended Meeting)


This program is designed to protect the workplace from costly employment disputes and administrative audits, California employers, managers and human resource professionals must stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of employment laws in our state, as well as a variety of California cities.

Topics to be discussed will include (among many others!):

  • Untangling the jumble of city, state and federal laws
  • Background checks
  • Amendments to the FEHA’s protected categories
  • Pay equity rules
  • The DOL white collar exemptions – are they gone for good?
  • Updated DFEH/EEOC guidance on anti-harassment programs
  • The new I-9 Form – how to tell if you are using the correct version
  • On-call rest and meal periods spell trouble for employers
  • Paid Family Leave amendments on the horizon
  • Arbitration do’s and don’ts: How will the U.S. Supreme Court rule on class waivers?
  • Gender neutral bathrooms (single use)
  • Recreational use of marijuana
  • Overtime changes for agricultural workers
  • Much, much more


Program Agenda

7:30am - 7:45am - Registration and Networking
7:45am - 8:00am - Welcome
8:00am - 11:30am - Speakers



  Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler

Jonathan (Jon) Fraser Light has more than 30 years of employment law experience and has been named multiple times as one of Southern California’s “SuperLawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine. As the managing attorney at LightGabler, Jon and his team members consult with over 2000 companies throughout California regarding their day-to-day employment law needs. He has successful jury trial, court trial, appellate, Labor Commission and binding arbitration results in lawsuits and administrative claims involving discrimination, harassment, class action, wage and hour, and other employment related matters. Jon is a graduate of UCLA School of Law. He is also the author of two editions of the nationally acclaimed and award winning book, The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball. Jon resides in Camarillo with his wife Angela.
  Karen L. Gabler, LightGabler

Karen L. Gabler is an employment law attorney and co-founder of the LightGabler law firm in Camarillo. She has counseled employers on virtually every aspect of employment law for over twenty-five years, concentrating on proactive employment strategies her clients can implement to foster workplace productivity and prevent future legal problems. She is sought-after as a recurring speaker on a wide variety of employment topics for numerous industry groups and business associations.
  Ryan Haws, LightGabler

Ryan Haws is an employment law attorney at LightGabler. He practices in the areas of employment law advice and counsel and employment litigation. With a background in social work and past legal experience with employment and family law matters, he focuses on proactive resolution of workplace disputes while aggressively defending his clients’ interests, and provides guidance to employers on complying with legal standards while preserving business productivity and employee morale. Ryan was recently recognized as one of the top 40 up-and coming business professionals under 40 by the Pacific Coast Business Times. He serves as a Board Member of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council and Pihra Ventura County. Ryan received his BS degree from Brigham Young University in 2005; his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2006. He received his JD from Loyola Law School in 2009. Ryan resides in Newbury Park with his wife Rebekah and their three children.




This program has been approved for 3.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).




This program has been approved for 3.5 California-specific recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $50 $60
Guest/Nonmember $60 $70
PIHRA Member In-Transition $40 $50
PIHRA Student Member $40 $50

Online registration closes on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:00pm. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite. You may register now via online and pay with a credit card, or RSVP and pay at the door.


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There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellations. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to the event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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