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

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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.


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


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


  • 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


The Hidden Untapped Talent – Comes with Benefits


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
:00 a.m. Breakfast Network, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Program

Willow Pass Community Center
2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord, CA 94519

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Speakers * Panelists * Resources * Network Forum

Free Admission – Breakfast  Provided

Hosted by: 
Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council (CCCEAC)
Workforce Development Board, Contra Costa County (WDBCCC)

Over 100 companies, corporate, civic and community-based organization employers and leaders

The Opportunities at the Forum

 *   Learn how to access the hidden talent:

An untapped talent pool of motivated workers looking for a career change, entering a-new, starting young, restarting as they’re young-at-heart, overcoming disabilities and distractions.

Talent from a wide range of sources such as the outsourced, career seekers, job transitioners, Veterans, the re-entry, the rehabilitated, vocational training programs for the young, re-skilling programs for the young-at-heart

A ready workforce with skilled training, personal and professional development

*  Learn about the benefits of hiring the aspiring workforce:

Tax credits, bonds, subsidies, business advising and business development

Expert training and advice on business and employment best practices, guidelines, and compliance

At mostly no cost

The Speakers and Panelists

Our Speakers and Panelists include Employers from Safeway, Whole Foods, California Spa, D&D Security, and Allied Universal who will give you real world examples of how to deal with the many complexities of finding and hiring skilled workers. The panelists are from diverse industries and sizes with a common goal to develop a great workforce in their organization.

Representatives from the Workforce Development Board and the Employer Advisory Council of the Employment Development Department and their Partners will be there talk about the Benefits of Hiring.

Employees will share their journey, the skills they learned, the people who believed in them, the process they went through to get hired, and the job opportunity they were given to grow and develop personally and professionally.

With what the audience will learn, they will be inspired and equipped to access the hidden untapped talent, and the benefits that comes for all.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Safeway
  • Checkr
  • Whole Foods
  • Allied International
  • California Spa Services
  • D&D Security

 Thank You To Our Sponsors

  • City of Concord
  • Checkr
  • State of California Employment Development Department
  • Department of Conservation and Development, Contra Costa County
  • Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

For information on attending and booths:

  • Jane Louie            * CCCEAC   * 415.601.6592 * chair@ccceac.com
  • Patience Ofodu * WDBCCC * 925.671.4560 * pofodu@ehsd.cccounty.us


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You Are The Safety Person – Now What?

I have been given the position of the safety person, now what? What you need to know to hit the ground running as a safety professional.

“You Are The Safety Person – Now What? – What you need to know to hit the ground running”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Avenue
Concord, CA

Who will benefit from this?

  • People assigned to be ‘the safety person’
  • People that sense that they need a safety person or program
  • Human Resources professionals
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Business owners

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People are often assigned the job of being ‘the safety person’ because, frankly, someone else doesn’t want to bother with it.

The problem is that the now safety director may have little or no idea about what the requirements are, and where to find answers. Also, because of all of the horror stories they’ve heard they are now are scared of OSHA.

This talk is not a technical talk. It’s a resources talk.

This is about where to go to get the info you need to begin to run an effective safety program, and to know that you can actually have OSHA on your side.

This discussion and conversation with the speaker will answer questions similar to these:

  • What are the minimum requirements for safety with respect to paperwork, training, and so forth?
  • What are my personal liabilities as the safety point person?
  • What certifications are required to be in safety?
    • What training/certifications would most help me?
    • Where can I get this training/certification?
  • What paperwork do I need to file and when? (Or not file but have displayed)
  • What do I actually have to train my people on?
  • Do I have to train my office staff?
  • Does OSHA offer any help, or are they just here to fine me?
  • What is the difference between FED-OSHA and CAL-OSHA?
  • What is an IIPP and do I need one?
  • Is OSHA the only agency I need to comply with? (Fire marshal, etc. are examples people don’t know about.)
  • I work for hospitals, veterinarians, construction, staffing – what are my employee’s minimum safety training requirements (and THAT could be a huge topic, but it can be handled quickly.)

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About our speaker:

Howard Morton, is a Fire Captain for San Jose Fire Department, Youth Explorer lead advisor and coordinator for San Jose Fire Department, Hazardous Incident Team member, California State Hazardous Materials Manager, Health and Safety Manager for Environmental Logistics Inc., Field chemical and technical applications analyst for Environmental Logistics Inc., Confined Space and HAZWOPER 40 hour instructor, Contracted OSHA outreach instructor for Construction and General Industries, CPR-AED-First Aid Instructor, ACLS and PALS Instructor for ASHI and American Heart Association. Howard is also an instructor for safety certifications at the Dublin, CA OSHA Training Center.