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October 5, 2022

We are excited to announce that our 2022 Employment Law Symposium will be held on Thursday, December 1 live at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burbank, California.

Session Agenda for Thursday, December 1st

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  PT –  Employment Legislative and Case Law Update

HR professionals will learn about California employment law trends and legislative developments that will impact employers in 2023. HR professionals will also learn about new laws and significant cases that will shape the employment law landscape in 2023.

Speakers: Jonathan Brown, Antwoin Wall, Corinne Spencer and Brianna Pearlman

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. PT –  Parenthood: Navigating Leaves of Absences, Benefits, and Beyond

HR professionals will be guided through applicable leaves of absences for employees entering parenthood. Benefits, wage replacement, and job security will be reviewed from the perspective of the mother, father, and guardians. HR professionals will walk through interactive process examples and hypotheticals.

Speakers: Jonathan Brown, Corinne Spencer and Brianna Pearlman

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT –  How to Hire: Onboarding and Interviewing Potential Candidates

HR professionals will learn best practices to avoid discrimination claims when interviewing potential candidates. HR professionals will also learn best practices during the hiring process, including onboarding based on current employment laws. HR professionals will review guidelines to avoid pitfalls related to criminal history backgrounds and drug testing/use.

Speakers: Barry S. Pearlman and Antwoin Wall

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT –  The Post-Pandemic Workforce-How COVID-19 Changed the Workplace, Management and Employee Priorities

HR professionals will review statistics, studies, and surveys on the impacts COVID-19 has had on the workplace. HR professionals will review real-life perspectives on successful takeaways and learn measures to reduce legal risk and employee attrition.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer, Yvonne Lang and Barry S. Pearlman

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT –  Costs to Litigate

HR professionals will review the hard and soft costs to litigate, including the cost-benefit analysis every employer must consider when faced with a lawsuit. A look at the potential for harsh verdicts for employers in California, particularly Los Angeles County. A snapshot of recent high damage awards in employment lawsuits, along with trends anticipated in 2023 with FEHA and wage-and-hour claims.

Speakers: Antwoin Wall, Jonathan Brown and Saerim Luciano

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT –  Wage and Hour Update

HR professionals will review how recent legal decisions have impacted payroll practices, class action and representative (PAGA) risk. HR professionals will learn how to identify and spot wage and hour exposure and methods to insulate their businesses.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT – Employment Litigation Trend Panel: A 360 Review of What Types of Cases We Are Seeing and Settling

HR professionals will learn the perspectives of a plaintiff’s employment attorney, a defense employment attorney, and a mediator on recent litigation trends and settlements. HR professionals will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session to better understand the trends and ways to avoid legal risk.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer and Johnny Rundell
Mediator: Brandon Coen
Modertor: Saerim Luciano


This year’s symposium will focus on the biggest issues affecting California employers through a variety of panel discussions led by PB&W attorneys and guest speakers. You’ll gain real-world insights and solutions to help you navigate the legal changes and trends that are redefining the workplace, including:

  • The post-pandemic workforce: A discussion around the challenges of employees returning from leaves of absence, the use of employee tracking software, and a deep dive into the Viking River Cruises decision and its impact on arbitration.
  • Employee litigation: Get an insider’s perspective during our litigation panel which includes a guest mediator and a plaintiff’s attorney who will share trends they’re seeing and give you a peek “across enemy lines.”
  • Wage and hour: An overview of case law and legislative updates to prepare for in 2023, and a look at where AB 5 stands today, among many other topics.

Join Us for Wine Tasting Afterwards!

Following the symposium, we are hosting a complimentary wine tasting from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the same location. All attendees are invited to join. To attend, please RSVP here.

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