2019 Employment Law News and Update

Prepare for the New Rules in the New Year

2019 Employment Law News and Update
— California State and Federal

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

Leadership in the Workplace – Seminar

Tue, April 18, 2017
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Avenue
Concord, CA 94520

About

Have you ever said to yourself, “My job would be so much easier if I didn’t have to deal with people?” If so, join us on April 18th where our returning speaker, Jody Bagno-Dill will be addressing the Leadership issues of people-interactions that drain your energy, steal your joy and sabotage the success of your organization. She’ll share inspiring stories and easy-to-implement tools to help your managers clear the chaos preventing growth, success and fulfillment at work. You’ll learn about engaging with the four Personal Vibe types, and navigating tricky-but necessary emotional conversations that are vital to progress. You’ll feel freed from being held hostage to the emotional roller coaster of Divas and Destroyers.

Join us for conversation, leave with a game plan and reclaim the powerful Vibe in your workplace.

Register online here:

About Jody

As President and Co-founder of Jazz Business Consulting, Jody Bagno-Dill specializes in aligning business leaders and their teams in order to conquer great goals. She has worked as a second set of hands to create and implement growth strategies for a variety of industries, including Insurance, Construction. Manufacturing, Hospitality and of course, the music industry, where the name Jazz Business Consulting originated.

Jody Bagno-Dill

Her area of expertise focuses on resolving the drama, distrust and conflict that sabotage growth. With humor and insight, she shares compelling stories of facilitating difficult conversations between leaders and employees, staff and co-workers, as well as working with at-risk youth and former gang members in the inner city. In 2012, she was invited to participate in conversations throughout Israel and Palestine, supporting organizations working to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.

Jody leverages her degrees in Business and Psychology from CSU-Chico and her certifications in Executive Coaching, Guerrilla Marketing® and Personalities® training to find the most effective ways to help leaders achieve their vital objectives.

Sexual Harassment Prevention – Seminar

Sexual Harassment Prevention – Seminar

Tue, March 21, 2017
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Concord Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Avenue
Concord, CA 94520

To register online click here.

Sexual Harassment Prevention
Government code section 12950.1 requires that all California employers with 50 or more employees provide at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors once every two years. New supervisors or newly promoted supervisors must receive the required training within six months of hire or promotion.

This training is mandatory for any supervisor who hires, fires, disciplines, and/or directs the work of one or more employees.

This seminar is a cost-effective way to provide this mandatory training to supervisors.

Participants will learn:

  • The different types of harassment.
  • What their liability could be in a harassment charge.
  • About the company’s liability.
  • What to do if they receive a complaint.
  • What to do if they feel harassed.

Relevant legislative updates will also be provided.

About the Speaker:

Mark Delgado at Donahue is a senior counsel at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mark’s practice focuses on management-side employment litigation and counseling in all areas of employment law, including matters involving wage and hour law, wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination, and harassment.

Mark is a frequent speaker and conducts employment-related seminars and training for all levels of management, human resource professionals, in-house counsel, supervisors, and employees. He is an instructor in the Human Resource Management Program at the College of Extended Learning, San Francisco State University.

To register online click here.