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Upcoming LAVA DMG Event: A Conversation with Ethan Applen

Join us July 23!
Weintraub Tobin and LAVA Digital Media Group will host a conversation with Ethan Applen, the executive director of Media Camp, a Turner/Warner Brothers Initiative, on Tuesday, July 23th. The conversation will focus on the opportunities and challenges with owning a startup company and will include a demo pit with five startup companies.

Ethan leads Technology and Business Strategy within the Worldwide Corporate Anti-Piracy group at Media Camp and Warner Bros. He spearheads several internal- and external-facing innovation initiatives within Warner Bros., focusing on ways to fast-track new and disruptive business models and technologies to prototyping and implementation.

Ethan has nearly 20 years of experience in the technology and entertainment space, having worked at multiple start-ups including imeem, Realtor.com, and The Lightspan Partnership, as well as at Fox and Touchstone Television.

As part of the conversation, Ethan will introduce the inaugural class for Media Camp LA 2013, a twelve-week accelerator program for early-stage technology companies and entrepreneurs, focused on the media space, with an existing product. The inaugural class, including five startup companies, will have the opportunity to demo their products. The startup companies include:


Cinecore is a complete paperless project management solution for film and television productions. It keeps the entire cast and crew on schedule and organized with digital document distribution, digital file storage and location maps through an in-app Google maps interface. (www.cinecore.com)


Dealflicks is yield management for movie tickets, which allows consumers to get the best value on movie tickets and concessions 24/7.


Kumbuya is social commerce in the context of curated, community generated content.


Reelhouse is an online video platform that provides filmmakers complete control to self-distribute content directly to their viewers. Filmmakers access the latest monetization, social and showcasing features which in turn engage viewers in what Reelhouse is setting as the new standard for online viewing experiences. (www.reelhouse.org)

Storytime Studios, Inc.

Storytime Studios, Inc.’s Skit! turns every iPad into a storytelling studio. It allows the user to bring anything to life, from pop culture icons to Facebook friends; creating stories is as simple as swiping a finger. Gestures give life to the creation, and the user’s voice provides the soundtrack. (www.skitapp.com)

About Media Camp

Media Camp, a Turner/Warner Bros. initiative, is a comprehensive accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses. Key features of Media Camp include presentations and workshops focused on media technology, formal mentorship from media industry experts, community events and knowledge sharing, as well as direct investments including partnerships and vendor relationships.

“A conversation with Ethan Applen featuring a demo pit with five startups from the inaugural class of Media Camp LA 2013” takes place Tuesday, July 30 at ROC, 604 Arizona Street in Santa Monica. Weintraub Tobin attorney Scott Hervey will serve as the moderator. Enjoy a social hour from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by the discussion with Ethan and the demo pit. Register here.

Follow the event on Twitter: @weintraub_law

Upcoming Seminar: The Intricacies of Wage and Hour Laws for Non-Exempt Employees

Summary of Program
Unfortunately, both single-plaintiff and class-action wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague California employers. Often employers are sued because of technical violations that occur simply because the employer is unaware of its legal obligations. Come join the Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin as they discuss the “Ins and Outs” of wage and hour compliance for “nonexempt” employees – there’s more to it than merely paying overtime and providing meal periods.
Some Program Highlights:

  • Actual hours worked” and problems with “off the clock” work –
    ○ 24/7 connectivity through computers and mobile devices may create compensation issues.
  • Is your overtime rate correct?
    ○ It depends on whether you’ve properly calculated the employee’s “regular rate.”
    ○ What is and is not included in the “regular rate?”
  • Are you “providing” a meal period to your employees?
    ○ If your answer is “No” because you have an “on duty” meal period agreement with your employees – Is it valid?
    ○ If your answer is “No” because the Brinker case says you don’t have to – You’ll be surprised to learn that this is not so.
  • “Flex-time,” “make-up time,” and “alternative work” schedules.
    ○ What’s legal and what’s not?
    ○ What are the courts saying – highlights of recent decisions regarding non-exempt wage and hour issues in California.

Seminar Program
9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Seminar
Approved for 2 hours MCLE credit; HRCI credits available upon request.

There is no charge for this seminar.

Weintraub Tobin
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Ramona Carrillo
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
[email protected]

This seminar is also available via webinar. Please indicate in your RSVP if you will be attending via webinar.
If attending via webinar, MCLE and HRCI credits will be provided upon verification of attendance for the entirety of the webcast.

Parking validation provided. Please park in the Wells Fargo parking garage, entrances on 4th and 5th Streets.

Speaking Engagement: Prop. 8, DOMA, and Thoughts on Same-Sex Planning in CA

The United States Supreme Court recently issued its decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, striking down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages and rejecting the ballot proponents’ defense of California’s Proposition 8, respectively.

Weintraub Tobin attorneys Kay Brooks discussed the holdings in both of these cases at South Placer Estate Planning Council’s monthly meeting on August 20 at La Provence Restaurant. The attorneys noted what will and will not change for estate planners going forward. In addition, they offered suggestions for planning for same-sex couples and clients with gay or lesbian children, and presented a number issues that will still arise in the future, despite these recent cases.

Upcoming Seminar: Overtime or No Overtime: How to Properly Analyze the Exempt Status of Employees

Summary of Program
The ever increasing number of claims filed with the Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner for unpaid overtime, and the increasing number of wage and hour class action lawsuits, highlight the importance of correctly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt. This seminar is designed to help employers and HR professionals gain a more thorough understanding of the various exemptions available under California law and learn how to conduct an exemption analysis in order to reduce potential liability.

Program Highlights

  • A discussion of the exemptions available.
  • Checklists for determining if your employees are exempt.
  • How to conduct a self-audit to ensure that employees are properly classified.
  • What to do if your employees have been misclassified.

Seminar Program
9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Seminar
Approved for 2 hours MCLE credit; HRCI credits available upon request.
There is no charge for this seminar.

Ramona Carrillo
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Fl.
Sacramento, CA 95814
[email protected]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Healthcare Reform, The Law & Wellness: It’s Still Crunch Time

Labor & Employment attorney Beth West will speak at this SACTO workshop, which will equip you with the resources, tools, and knowledge you need to get your business ready for a healthier, more productive, and compliant workplace. Learn more about the recent changes and new timeline for Healthcare Reform as well as successful wellness programs that have been implemented across companies of all sizes in the Sacramento Region.

Be Smart, Be Ready, Be Compliant

2015 will be here before you know it. It’s time to start preparing as we embark on a new era of healthcare opportunities. Please join us for a panel discussion that will ultimately save you time, money and energy in the future as we start to ask the questions:


Who is going to be impacted by Healthcare Reform?


What will happen if you are compliant with the new regulations?


Why is Healthcare Reform beneficial?

Why are wellness programs becoming so popular?

Are they mandatory?


How do I get compliant before 2015?


Liliana Salazar, Senior Vice President of Compliance, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Vinny Catalano, Area Vice President,
Arthur J. Gallahger & Co., Inc.

Beth West, Shareholder, Weintraub Tobin Coleman Grodin Law Corporation

Brian Conner, Partner, Moss Adams LLP

Alex Lara, President & Co-Owner, Thrive – Educate. Train. Inspire.

Event Details:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
24 Hour Fitness
1020 7th Street
Sacramento, CA

Healthy breakfast will be provided by Whole Foods.

Register Today!

No cost to attend. To register yourself or other employees of your company, contact Ashley Brown at SACTO at (916) 441-2144 or [email protected] by August 20, 2013.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Human Resource Law: What You Need To Know Now

Program Description

Weintraub attorney Charles L. Post will speak on the following topics:

  • “Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date? Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace”
  • Wage and Benefit Issues

Stay up to date on the latest legislative changes and court decisions impacting your human resource practices! This essential course focuses on day-to-day issue spotting – covering current hot button issues and highlighting practical pointers to avoid and handle common problem areas. Experienced faculty will take you through the critical legal issues you need to know from hiring to firing – including wages and benefits, workplace privacy and safety, discrimination, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn techniques from those with years in the field. Register today!

  • Stay up to date on the latest changes and cases in human resource law.
  • Understand the legal do’s and don’ts during the interview process, including background checks and drug testing, drafting employment contracts, and hiring independent contractors and immigrants.
  • Ensure overtime and employee leave policies are compliant with the law.
  • Learn appropriate methods for calculating and tracking FMLA time.
  • Make sure employee handbooks contain the critical provisions necessary to keep them up to date with current issues.
  • Discuss the latest interpretations of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Prevent workplace safety violations by knowing safety regulations and record keeping requirements.
  • Know how to appropriately handle thorny employee behavior issues while ensuring privacy rights are upheld.
  • Set up proper discipline and firing procedures to avoid wrongful termination and retaliatory claims.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar examines the current issues in human resource law for:

  • Attorneys
  • HR Directors
  • Risk Management Directors

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95815

For registration information, visit www.nbi-sems.com

Upcoming Webinar: FSMA Made Simple: Strategic & Tactical Approaches In Preparing For New Regulations

Attorneys Lee Smith and Alden Parker will present at an upcoming webinar: “FSMA Made Simple: Strategic and Tactical Approaches In Preparing for New Regulations” at 2 p.m. August 14.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will have knowledge of how to realistically analyze the effects of FSMA regulations on their operations and build an action plan of next steps for their company.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) presents a daunting collection of both newly enforced and proposed regulations impacting food processors. While some of the regulations, are in effect now and must be carefully managed, other FSMA components like the Preventive Controls regulation are still in the proposal phase. Talking heads are advising us to go full-steam forward with implementing these regulations in processing operations, and there are FSMA products and services already being offered. Given this current situation, what is a practical and realistic strategy to minimize risk and regulatory action against your company, while controlling costs and running efficient operations?

During this webinar, we will address this dilemma by looking at strategic and tactical responses that can help us “wrap our arms” around the new FSMA regulations. We will briefly review the details of new requirements, and then jump into how to manage compliance at both a corporate and plant level. An important tool for analyzing the impact of these regulations and developing an action plan is gap assessment. Examples of how to conduct gap assessments for the whistle blower protection, records requirements, and preventive controls rules will be presented.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Regulations
    • Who does it apply to?
    • Why was it created?
    • What is now in effect that will impact my company and what is pending?
  • Currently Implemented FSMA FDA rules
    • Registration, Re-registration, Suspension of Registration
    • Inspection Frequencies and Record Access
    • Administrative Detention
    • Recall Authority
    • Fees: Recalls, Re-inspection
    • Whistleblower Provision
    • Imports
  • Proposed Regulations For Food Processors: Preventive Controls
  • Strategic Planning for FSMA Compliance
    • Executive and Management Team Roles
    • Controlling Risk for the Company
    • Developing a Road Map for Implementation
    • Gauging FSMA Impact on Company through Gap Assessment
    • Example GAP Assessments: Whistleblower Provision, Record Requirements, and Preventive Controls
  • Tactical Response to FSMA
    • Corporate Programs
    • Factory Systems
  • Best Practices and Pointers to Control Costs
    • What products and services are essential and legitimate for FSMA?
    • What really requires immediate implementation?
  • Building a FSMA Action Plan to Guide Our Next Steps
  • Questions and Answers Session

Who will benefit from this webinar:

  • Executive management team
  • Regulatory compliance managers
  • Executive Quality and Food Safety managers
  • Legal counsel
  • Plant manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Company owners
  • Food safety and HACCP Manager
  • Consultants

Presenter–Jeff Kronenberg
Jeff Kronenberg, M.S., is Extension Food Processing Specialist with the University of Idaho, School of Food Science. Over the past 30 years he has held positions in operations and corporate quality, productivity, food safety, HACCP, and health & safety with Frito-Lay, the J.R. Simplot Company, PowerBar, AIB International, and University of Idaho. Jeff has worked with numerous company and supplier processing operations in developing, training, and implementing quality, food safety and HACCP systems. Through his industry affiliations, Jeff has worked with, and audited, food manufacturing and distribution companies across the United States in the areas of product quality, food safety, and HACCP. Over the past 12 years, he has spearheaded the introduction of Lean Manufacturing to the food industry in Idaho. Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Microbiology from Cornell University. He holds HACCP certifications through the Association of Food and Drug Officials (Seafood HACCP Trainer), the American Society for Quality (HACCP Auditor), International HACCP Alliance, and Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF Consultant). Jeff also holds a Lean Knowledge Certificate from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Presenter–Lee N. Smith, attorney
Lee is a shareholder of Weintraub Tobin in Sacramento and Fresno. His practice includes Prop 65 and Food Safety issues, land use regulation and development, environmental compliance, water law and litigation. Lee will address the FSMA record-keeping requirements.

Presenter–Alden J. Parker, attorney

Alden is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin. His employment practice includes defending employers in all areas of employment law. He has extensive experience defending against sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage & hour class action litigation in both federal and state courts. Alden will address employment issues relating to FSMA including important whitsleblower regulations.

To register, visit the Food Seminar International Website.

SAHRA Annual Conference: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Social Media and Employee Privacy Rights

Employers are now faced with a variety of issues stemming from employees’ social media participation, such as: unproductive use of time during workers hours, making statements that may violate the company’s harassment/discrimination policies, and sharing confidential/proprietary information.

Employers are often left asking: Just how far into the Internet do my rights go? And how far into my business do my employees’ privacy rights go under California law? Recently the National Labor Relations Board has also let employers know not to forget about the NLRA and its interpretation of social media as a way for employees to engage in collective action.

Through this presentation session, HR professionals will learn effective strategies for the design, implementation, and enforcement of social media policies in the workplace. Presentation topics will answer these questions:

• What should a workplace social media policy do and say?

• Are employees’ social media interactions private?

• Are employees’ social media interaction protected by the National Labor Relations Act?

• How do you enforce a workplace social media policy?

Please make sure to bring your best workplace tweets/Facebook posts to discuss!

2013 Annual Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA) Conference


August 22, 2013

Time of Speaking Engagement:

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.


1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

To register, visit the SAHRA website.

Upcoming Seminar: Pregnancy Leave, Accommodation & Discrimination

Don’t Wait for the Stork To Teach You What It All Means

Summary of Program
Join the Employment Law Group of Weintraub Tobin for an informative and up-to-date discussion about the rights and obligations of pregnant

Program Highlights

  • Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)
    • What is it?
    • Which employers are covered?
    • When is an employee eligible?
    • How should employers administer the leave?
  • PDL versus FMLA/CFRA
    • How do they relate or overlap?
    • How should employers administer overlapping leave?
  • Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Employees
    • Do you have to?
    • If so, what is required?
    • What are the consequences if the employer fails to accommodate?
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
    • What is it under federal and state law?
    • How can you avoid it?
  • What are the Courts saying?
    • Recent decisions.

Seminar Program
9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Seminar
Approved for 2 hours MCLE credit; HRCI
credits available upon request.
There is no charge for this seminar.
Ramona Carrillo
400 Capitol Mall, 11th Fl.
Sacramento, CA 95814
[email protected]

This seminar is also available via webinar. Please indicate in your RSVP if you will be attending via webinar. If attending via webinar, MCLE and
HRCI credits will be provided upon verification of attendance for the entirety of the webcast.

Parking validation provided. Please park in the Wells Fargo parking garage, entrances on 4th and 5th St.

Speaking Engagement: Philanthropic Advisor’s Forum Fall Forum

Trusts and Estates Attorney Kay Brooks was a panelist at the Philanthropic Advisors’ of Greater Sacramento’s Fall Forum on Monday, September 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The forum: “Exploring Creative Solutions with Charitable Case Studies” will be a lively, interactive experience and is intended for professional advisors. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

The event was held at B Street Theater, 2711 B Street in Sacramento.