2019 Employment Law News and Update

Prepare for the New Rules in the New Year

Thursday,  January 24, 2018
8:00am Breakfast,  8:30am – 10:30am Program
Concord Clarion Hotel – 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord

Eventbrite - 2019 Employment Law

 

Find out what are the new employment laws, bills signed, and updates that will impact how you:

*  Recruit and hire talent
*  Manage diverse employee needs
*  Compensate employees
*  Prevent sexual harassment
*  Develop and execute policies and procedures

 

Meet The Speaker

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel

Yen Chau is a  member of the firm’s Employment practice group, Senior Counsel Yen Chau handles a variety of employment-related matters. Her experience includes virtually all aspects of employee-employer relations. Yen is also a registered patent attorney and is based in our Oakland office.

A Valuable Asset to Employers

A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving alleged FEHA/Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative boards and the appellate courts. She has significant experience advising clients on performance management, disability accommodation, non-competes, and other issues associated with the terms and conditions of employment. A guiding force and advocate for her employer clients, Yen provides advice and guidance to avoid potential pitfalls, drafts employment handbooks, and designs processes to ensure legal compliance while minimizing risk and expense.

Letters of the Law

As a knowledgeable author and speaker, Yen presents and writes on labor and employment topics. Since 2014, she has served on the Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Employment Section, and in 2017 was President of the Board.

Before Donahue Fitzgerald

Prior to joining the firm, Yen handled a wide range of employment and commercial litigation cases including corporate dissolution, will and trust contests, professional malpractice, toxic torts, and personal injury and wrongful death actions. She has a strong scientific background and has worked in biotech as a research associate for a gene therapy company.

Affiliations

  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • President, Employment Section, Contra Costa Bar Association, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Scholarship

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2002
    • UCLA Intellectual Property Journal, Articles Editor
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Recent News/Articles

Past News/Articles

  • “California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the
    Way to a Rise in Pay?” Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, July 2017
  • “Admissibility of Immigration Status in Employment and Personal Injury Cases,” Contra
    Costa Lawyer Magazine, September 2014

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, San Rafael, CA, December 13, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Walnut Creek, CA, December 11, 2018
  • 2019 Annual Employment Law Update, Berkeley, CA, December 6, 2018

Past Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Legal Administrators, East Bay, Yearly Update, January 2018
  • 2018 Annual Case and Statutory Update, January 2018
  • CCBA MCLE Spectacular on CA and Federal Leave Laws, November 2017
  • Retaliation in the Workplace: 2014 Statutory Updates, Speaker, March 6, 2014

Yen P. Chau
Senior Counsel
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-3300
ychau@donahue.com

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Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Sexual Harassment Prevention – In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Ave, Concord, CA 94520

This will be an interactive two-hour sexual harassment training with:

  • Current examples, dilemmas
  • Best practice strategies
  • Update on new laws/requirements including bullying, gender identity and gender expression, and social media issues.
  • Bring your current harassment policy and your complaint procedure and see how they compare to recommended policies.

This program will satisfy California training requirements for supervisors.
Eventbrite - Sexual Harassment Prevention - In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Meet our Speakers:

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Andrea Kelly Smethurst

Andrea Kelly Smethurst

  • Andrea Kelly Smethurst is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. She regularly conducts outside workplace investigations into alleged employee misconduct for private and public employers of all sizes. Ms. Kelly Smethurst is fluent in Spanish.  In addition to conducting investigations, Ms. Kelly Smethurst also serves as an expert on workplace investigations, serves as an EEO Monitor, and provides employers with legal advice on personnel matters, employment practices, and policies. She represents employers in administrative matters before the DFEH, the EEOC, the DLSE, and the DOL.
  • Ms. Kelly Smethurst has trained supervisors, human resource professionals and employment attorneys through various organizations including the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Association of Workplace Investigators, the Practising Law Institute, the Northern California Human Resources Association, the Council on Education in Management, the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), Northern California Employers Roundtable, and the California Employers Advisory Council. Her articles have been published in the California Labor & Employment Law Review (an official publication of the State Bar of California), the California Business Law Practitioner, the Contra Costa Lawyer, and in the HR Bulletin.
  • andrea_a@andreakellylaw.com,  www.andreakellylaw.com   925-932-4955
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James Wu

James Y. Wu

  • James Y. Wu, is an Employment Law/HR Attorney with 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 currently the 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.
  • www.jameswulaw.com

Eventbrite - Sexual Harassment Prevention - In the Age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

2017 CCCEAC Membership Application

2017 will be an amazing year for CCCEAC Members and if you are not currently a CCCEAC Member, 2017 would be a great time to get on board!

Please complete the CCCEAC Membership Application!

 Membership Benefits include:

  • Access to our Management Hotline for answers to your labor and employment law questions
  • Discount on EAC seminars and training
  • 20% discount on compliance poster products
  • Scholarship awards program
  • Networking and marketing opportunities for your business products or services
  • Membership in California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC)www.ceac.org

For further information please contact the Membership Chair by email at membership@ccceac.com.