Webinar: A Conversation with First Generation Attorneys – Advice to my Younger Self

  • When: Nov 17, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

On November 17, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club of BASF presented A Conversation with First Generation Attorneys – Advice to my Younger Self. Jacqueline Simonovich served as the event moderator. The webinar featured five attorneys at various phases in their careers, from junior associates to experienced in-house counsel, who are the first lawyers in their families.  They provided advice to other first-generation attorneys and stories of how they’ve overcome obstacles in their careers.

When: November 17, 2021 05:00 p.m. – 06:15 p.m.
Where: Virtual Program

Topics

  • Specific obstacles faced by first-generation attorneys
  • How to be successful as a first generation attorney
  • Career development
  • Managing difficult work environments and professional relationships
  • How to build and sustain professional relationships
  • Learning and practicing self-advocacy

Presented by the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Webinar: Avoiding the Bully Pulpit – Best Practices for Creating an Inclusive Workplace Free of Bullying and Intimidation

  • When: Oct 6, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

Federal and state OSHA laws require California employers to prevent and respond to violence in the workplace.  Federal and state EEO laws require California employers to prevent and respond to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  But what about bullying?  What is it? Are employers responsible for preventing it? Is there a law against it? What should employers know and what should they do to avoid bullying in the workplace?

Webinar: Comic Book Law 101 – The Ins-and-Outs of The Comic Book Industry

  • When: Sep 8, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

On September 8, Weintraub Shareholder Matt Sugarman will present as part of the American Bar Association webinar Comic Book Law 101.

This panel will explore the comic book industry, its place in greater pop culture, and the key legal issues attorneys practicing in this area should know. Topics covered will include publishing contracts, option agreements, and intellectual property rights in the comic book industry.

For more information or to register, click here.

Webinar: The Employment Life Cycle: EEO Compliance from Hiring to Firing

  • When: Sep 1, 2021

On September 1, 2021, Meagan Bainbridge and Katie Collins hosted an informative webinar covering the lifespan of the employment relationship. They discussed applicable laws and best practices to help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers reduce the risk of liability when they interview, hire, discipline, and terminate employees.

Program Highlights

  • Lawful and effective job postings, employment applications, and interview questions.
  • Effective policies and documentation to help reduce liability.
  • Tips for effective communication and conflict resolution.
  • Best practices for a fair and meaningful disciplinary process.
  • The benefits of training supervisors and the risks if you don’t.
  • The risk of employer liability for retaliation.
  • Wrongful termination claims stemming from at-will employment.
  • Is there a legitimate non-discriminatory/retaliatory reason for the termination?
  • Was it really a voluntary quit or would it more appropriately be termed a “constructive discharge?”

A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please note that this webinar is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your professional advisors about the specifics of your business.

Webinar: They Manage Your Workforce and They Can Get You Sued: The Importance of Training Managers and Supervisors to Comply with Employment Law

  • When: Aug 4, 2021

A supervisor’s action (or inaction) is often what results in liability for an employer. Not because the supervisor necessarily intends to expose an employer to legal liability but merely because the supervisor hasn’t been trained regarding the employer’s legal obligations in relation to its employees.

Employers are encouraged to train supervisors on various employment law topics, including but not limited to: harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; privacy rights; disability accommodations; leaves of absences; wage and hour requirements; and health and safety obligations. While a supervisor does not need to become an expert in human resources and employment law, a well-trained supervisor can be a valuable asset to help ensure an employer complies with the law.

On August 4, 2021, Weintraub Tobin shareholders Lizbeth “Beth” West and Lukas Clary hosted a webinar to discuss the best practices for training supervisors and reducing the potential for liability.

Program Highlights

  • An overview of employment laws that impact the workplace and common mistakes supervisors make when they don’t understand those laws.
  • Tips for effective communication between supervisors and employees, including how to give constructive performance feedback.
  • The importance of consistent, objective, and timely discipline.
  • Preventing and responding to harassment and other Equal Employment Opportunity complaints.
  • Documentation: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please note that this webinar is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your professional advisors about the specifics of your business.

Webinar: You May Not See Them, But They’re Still Working: Tips to Help Ensure Your Remote Workers are Still Complying with Employment Laws and Policies

  • When: Jun 30, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

On June 30, 2021,  Ryan Abernethy presented this webinar addressing employment and labor code complications that telecommuting naturally presents and offering tips on how to ensure remote workers still comply with company policies.

Last year, COVID-19 forced many companies to make spur-of-the-moment telecommuting arrangements with their employees. With the end of the pandemic now on the horizon, many of those companies are looking to make telecommuting a more permanent feature of their normal business.

Program Highlights

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Tips to accurately track employee work time
  • Meal and rest breaks—providing and recording them, and premium payments
  • Business expense reimbursements—what must the company pay for?
  • Ergonomic issues
  • Workers compensation considerations
  • Written telecommuting policies for exempt and non-exempt employees
  • Other ways to verify employee compliance remotely

 You can view a recording of this webinar on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please note that this webinar is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your professional advisors about the specifics of your business.

Virtual Training: Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: Engaging and Effective Training for Non-Supervisors and/or Supervisors

  • When: Jun 10, 2021
  • Where: Virtual Training

The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for non-supervisors and supervisors require that employers having five or more employees provide at least two hours of classroom or interactive training and at least one hour of classroom or interactive training and education to nonsupervisory employees within six months of their hire. Training must be provided every two years.

On June 10, 2021, the Labor & Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin presented a two hour effective interactive virtual training session that complied with all the requirements outlined in the regulations including things like:

  • An overview of sexual harassment laws
  • Examples of conduct that constitute sexual harassment
  • Strategies to prevent harassment in the workplace
  • Lawful supervisory responses to complaints of harassment in the workplace
  • Training on prevention of “abusive conduct” in the workplace
  • Training on policies that prohibit harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation (Senate Bill 396)
  • Practical and inter-active hypotheticals and examples to help illustrate what bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation can look like.

If you are an employer with 5 or more employees and have supervisors and nonsupervisory employees who have not yet been trained, you can plan for them to attend the next training on December 2, 2021, or contact us about a custom training for your workforce.

Webinar – Don’t Rush the Interactive Process: Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts of Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA and FEHA

  • When: Jun 2, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

On June 2, 2021, Weintraub employment attorneys James Kachmar and Meagan Bainbridge presented an overview of the many accommodation laws that employers and HR professionals may have to address, such as who should be accommodated and how to engage in an interactive process to determine an appropriate accommodation, if any.

Most employers know that employees may need to be accommodated from time to time for various reasons under California and/or Federal law. It is important that employers understand these laws and comply with how the courts and various federal and state regulatory agencies interpret them, as well as learn what their rights and obligations are regarding: (1) engaging in the interactive process; and (2) providing reasonable accommodations. This has never been more true than in the current COVID-19 world we find ourselves.

Program Highlights

  • Recent Developments in Accommodation Law
  • How to Determine Who is Entitled to an Accommodation
  • How to Engage in the Interactive Process and When to Initiate the Initial Discussion
  • The Various Protected Classes and/or Activities Entitling an Employee to Accommodation (i.e., disability, religion, illiteracy, etc.)
  • The Effect of COVID-19 on the Accommodation Process
  • Service Animals in the Workplace
  • How to Effectively Document the Accommodation Process

A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please note that this webinar is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your professional advisors about the specifics of your business.