Leaves, Workers’ Compensation and ADA

September 26, 2019, Thursday
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Networking
8:30 a.m. Seminar Program, EDD and Workforce Minute
10:30 a.m. Adjourn

Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Ave., Concord, CA

REGISTER HERE – Leaves, Workers’ Compensation and ADA

This will be an interactive training with:

  • Current examples, dilemmas
  • Interplay of Leaves, Workers’ Compensation and ADA
  • Update on new laws/requirements
  • Best practice strategies

Meet The Speaker

Beth Brascugli De Lima, president and principal of HRM Consulting, Inc. is nationally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with a state-specific certification in California (SPHR-CA) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has been appointed to sit on the Employee Health, Safety, and Security Special Expertise Panel.  Ms. De Lima is a certified mediator through the UC Berkeley Extension program and has been appointed to the Amador County Superior Court Mediation Panel.  Ms. De Lima is an expert in the HR aspects of employment regulation compliance, litigation, and vocational rehabilitation.

Ms. De Lima has extensive experience in developing and implementing HR programs and policies that relate to federal and state employment legislation, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • ADA Accommodation Assessments / Analysis
  • Good Faith Interactive Meetings
  • ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • California ADA (FEHA)
  • Medical Leave Management
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Workers’ Compensation Medical Leave Mgmt.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Essential Functions Job Descriptions
  • Human Resource Audits, On-boarding to Separation
  • Exempt / Non-exempt Classifications
  • I-9 Audits

With the unique advantage of being experienced in both vocational rehabilitation and human resource management, Ms. De Lima conducts vocational and HR assessments for use in job re-training, labor market assessments, employment litigation, personal injury or Divorce.

Ms. De Lima takes a holistic approach to HR matters, and has worked frequently on both the employee and employer side of sensitive personnel disputes.  Her in-depth knowledge of employment law compliance makes her well suited to work as a liaison between HR professionals and attorneys in the event of threatened or existing litigation.

   8:00   Breakfast Networking
   8:30    Speaker Program , EDD/WDB Minute
  10:30  Adjourn

REGISTER HERE – Leaves, Workers’ Compensation and ADA


Midyear Legislative Update on Employment

Hot Topics – The latest information that will impact your company and your people.

July 25, 2019, Thursday
8:00 am Breakfast Registration
8:30 – 10:30 Seminar Program
Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Avenue, Concord CA

REGISTER HERE – Midyear Legislative Update

Hot Topics – Laws and Regulations for 2019

There’s already been some new and important changes.

How do they impact you, your employees and your Company? 

* New California Regulations
* New Federal Regulations
* Don’t forget the Local Ordinances
* Pre-Employment, Wage and Hour, Leaves, Protectors, Equity
* And More


Meet the Speakers

Christopher Mead
Cooper, White & Cooper LLP

Christopher J. Mead is a partner of Cooper, White & Cooper LLP, a 30-attorney general practice law firm founded in 1896, now with offices in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. Mr. Mead is chair of the firm’s Employment Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of employment counseling and litigation, disability access, and general business litigation. Mr. Mead has litigated employment disputes in the United States and California courts, as well before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board, and before appointed arbitrators and mediators. His employment law background includes defense and counseling regarding wage and hour claims on both individual and class bases; allegations of wrongful termination; claims of sexual harassment, and of race, color, sex, and age discrimination; prosecution and defense of trade secret, unfair competition, and employee mobility matters; disability, leave, and accommodation issues; and responses to claims of sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity discrimination.

Mr. Mead frequently speaks to legal and professional groups on employment law topics such as new employment statutes and regulations, wage and hour law, current issues in sexual harassment, employee discipline and termination, protection of trade secrets, and accommodations and barrier removal under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Mead attended Vermont’s Middlebury College, and received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He was a judicial extern for the late Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Mead joined Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in September 1984 and became a partner of the firm on January 1, 1991.

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Christina M. Kotowski, Esq.
Kotowski Law Firm
2601 Blanding Ave. #C386, Alameda, CA 94501
christy@ kotowskilaw.com, www.kotowskilaw.com
510-748-0930 office, 510-332-5349 mobile

Christina Kotowski has provided practical and effective legal advice and representation to California employers of all sizes for nearly twenty years on a wide variety of topics. She is a member of the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, a Board Member for the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Law Section, and a Board Member of the NCHRA Contra Costa Chapter.

Christina helps with: 

  • Attorney demand letters
  • State and federal lawsuits
  • Labor Commissioner wage claims
  • EEOC/DFEH charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Advice on hiring, discipline and termination
  • Leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations of disabilities
  • Employment law compliance audits
  • Required training


8:00    Registration – Hot Breakfast
8:30    Welcome, EAC, EDD, WDB Minute
8:35    Speaker
10:30 Adjourn

REGISTER HERE – Midyear Legislative Update


Social Media In the Workplace – What Employers Need to Know

Hashtags, Tweets, and Snapchat, oh my.

May 23, 2019 Thursday
8:00 am Breakfast Registration | 8:30-10:30 am Seminar Program
Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Avenue, Concord, CA

REGISTER HERE – Social Media in the Workplace 

What started out as simple email has bloomed into texts, photo sharing, videos, and ubiquitous “like” and “share” buttons. Employers face many pitfalls and challenges when dealing with Social Media in the Workplace.

In this interactive presentation, we will discuss topics including the following:

  • Using Social Media in the Hiring Process ‐ Background Checks
  • Social Media Use by Employees ‐ On and Off the Clock
  • Keeping Information Confidential
  • Firing Employees Due To Social Media Activities
  • Sample Good and Bad Policies
  • Pitfalls for Harnessing Employees to Promote the

Meet the Speaker

James Y. Wu
California Labor & Employment Chair
Quarles & Brady LLP

James Wu has over 22 years of experience providing day-to-day advice and counsel to businesses of all sizes regarding employment law compliance and HR issues, including Employee Handbooks, policies, hiring, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, and employee termination. He helps employers comply with the complex maze of federal, state and local employment laws.

James also defends companies when they face claims from current or former employees, contractors, and government agencies.

James is serving his second consecutive term as President of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). He is also a past President of the CCCBA’s Employment Law Section. James also served as the President of the Northern California Employment Roundtable (sponsored by the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing) for two years.

James earned his BA and MA from Stanford University and his JD from Boston College Law School.
To learn more about James, please visit his LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/jamesywu/


8:00   Registration – Hot Breakfast
8:30   Welcome Introductions, EDD/WDB Minute
8:40   Speaker
10:30 Adjourn

REGISTER HERE – Social Media in the Workplace