California Law – 2007 California Employment Law Update

Conference Prepares Employers for New Changes

ALAMEDA, Calif.– LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire –The Employer Resource Institute ( is pleased to announce the second annual California Employment Law Update conference at the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, California on December 10-12, 2007. This exclusive conference for California employers and human resource professionals is sponsored by the same people who produce the award-winning California Employment Law Answers. Attendees will get the latest California-specific updates on new laws and cases, including real-world best practices tips, from the state’s leading employment experts.

“The California legislature will be wrapping up its current session this fall, and Governor Schwarzenegger has until October 14 to sign any bills into law,” says Matthew Humphrey, General Manager of ERI. “Many of the bills on the table will directly affect workplaces—and it’s important for employers to know what they are and how to respond.”

The Employer Resource Institute is proud to assemble leading California experts in the fields of employment law and human resources, who will be presenting sessions on the following topics: a legislative update, hiring, performance evaluations, discrimination and harassment, terminations, employee leaves, retaliation, a wage and hour update, dress codes, recordkeeping, internal investigations, and a special morning bonus session on employee handbooks. Additionally, the conference will feature an optional half-day pre-conference workshop entitled “Job Descriptions—Exempt or Nonexempt?”

Expert speakers will include: Harold M. Brody, Esq., of Proskauer Rose; Marjorie Fochtman, Esq., of Nixon Peabody; Ron Garrity, Esq., of Simpson, Garrity & Innes; Diana Gregory, SPHR of Administaff; Marc Jacuzzi, Esq., of Simpson, Garrity & Innes; Allen Kato, Esq., of Fenwick & West; Thomas Makris, Esq., SPHR, of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Timothy Murphy, Esq., of Fisher & Phillips; Diane O’Malley, Esq., of Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy; Sandra Rappaport, Esq., of Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy; B. Scott Silverman, Esq., of Morrison & Foerster; Mary Topliff, Esq., of Law Offices of Mary L. Topliff; Allison West, Esq., SPHR, of Employment Practices Specialists; and Rhoma Young of Rhoma Young & Associates.

Conference sessions have been approved for recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification though the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Full conference attendees are eligible for up to 15 recertification credits. The sessions are also approved for 15.25 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

A discounted early-bird registration rate of $595 is available through November 9, 2007. The pre-conference workshop is offered for an additional fee. More detailed information, including the conference agenda and registration, is available at

The Employer Resource Institute offers practical, problem-solving information that clarifies employment law and workplace safety requirements for California employers. Many of our information products are written and edited by lawyers who live and work in California.

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