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

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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

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90-Seconds to Get Stuff Done

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

Register: HERE on Eventbrite

Studies show that interruptions cost managers between 16-23 minutes each time to regain focus and momentum. If your busy days feel like they leak precious time, this may be why.There is a simple solution. Most leaders are busy and start each day running, yet, 90-Seconds of thoughtful planning can be a game-changer when it comes to launching your day, your meetings and your most important conversations. If you are one of these leaders,bring your managers and join us for our April meeting. Learn super simple ways to multiply
your time, transform your inefficient systems and eliminate the drama and distractions that sabotage your profits and productivity.

Meet the Speaker

Jody Bagno-Dill

Co-Founder, Corporate Consultant, Author, Speaker
JAZZ Business Consulting
925-222-JAZZ (5299)

Jody Bagno-Dill is the author of the 90-Second System, a management planner for people who want to Get Stuff Done. She is the co-founder of Jazz Business Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping leaders transform their organizations into high-performing, and award-winning places to work. Jody leverages her degrees in Business and Psychology and certifications in Executive Coaching, Guerrilla Marketing Coaching® and Personalities®Training, as well as her humorous, yet straight-forward approach to helping managers become revered leaders.

As an experienced Executive Coach, many of her clients have gone on to win prestigious awards, including Best Places To Work (SF Bay Area), Woman of the Year, Top Places to Work (SF East Bay), and Business of the Year, as well as being featured on TV shows and front covers of industry publications.


8:00 am  Breakfast Registration
8:30       EAC Welcome – EDD Minute and Guest Speaker
10:30     Adjourn

*** For information: Contact  Chair@ccceac.com ***

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