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  • 10.22.20

    This year’s presidential election promises to be one for the record books, especially as it comes to determining what is next for immigration reform in the United States as we head into 2021. Please join Fisher Phillips partner and co-chair of the firm’s Global Immigration Practice Group, Davis Bae, for a webinar to discuss the issues we expect to see addressed from both parties leading up to election day and what employers should start thinking about now.

  • 10.22.20

    If you think your California company is not required to provide family/medical leave because you have less than 50 employees, think again. Starting January 1, 2021, the California Family Rights Act applies to employers of five or more employees. The new law opens up a whole new world for many employers who previously never had to know about the CFRA. Those days are over. Join us in this informative webinar that will tell you about the CFRA’s requirements and share best practices.

  • 10.15.20

    Whether you are a non-union company or a company with a longstanding relationship with a union, strikes and picketing activity have increased dramatically over the last couple of years. Join Todd Lyon and Lisa Vickery for a two-hour labor relations program on how to prepare for and succeed against strikes, pickets and boycotts. This exciting program will examine what kinds of activity is lawful, and, most importantly, how to equip your company with the best contingency plan to counter the effectiveness of the union’s actions. HR and Labor Relations professionals will have the opportunity to explore effective lawful decisions in the face of such adversity.

  • 10.13.20

    Discussion of key issues that employers should consider when deciding whether and how to implement a mandatory vaccination program, including shots for this upcoming flu season and for the inevitable COVID-19 vaccine once approved.

  • 10.7.20

    In the midst of the pandemic, California employers continue to face many new laws and regulations. This year, we will discuss the following bills that have either already been signed by Gov. Newsom or are expected to be signed by the end of September 2020.

  • 10.7.20


    Every four years American businesses face a special workplace challenge of a presidential election. This year, the potential for employment disputes over politics is greater due to the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened focus on social justice issues. This webinar will provide ten crucial action items and best practices to help companies prepare for election season, manage threats of civil unrest and maintain a professional work environment.

  • 9.30.20

    As we approach the end of the calendar year, many employers are preparing to start the process of conducting annual employee evaluations. But are those evaluations useful management tools, exercises in futility, or simply traps for the unwary?  Join Fisher Phillips Senior Attorney, William Mosher as he explains how to conduct your employee evaluations in a way that will provide your business with valuable financial and legal benefits, while avoiding actions that could expose you to significant legal liability.

  • 9.30.20

    California class action litigation has exploded, and employers typically face multimillion dollar exposure if they are ever served with a wage and hour class action or a PAGA representative action. Even before any settlement is reached, these cases can be devastating for employers both financially and operationally.

  • 9.15.20

    As we work toward reopening our economy, employers must consider what legal issues lie ahead. Join this virtual seminar as Tropical Benefits consultant, Carmen Hodnett and Fisher Phillips attorney, Justin McConnell, address some of the key legal issues facing employers. They will discuss strategies for safely opening workplaces and the legal risks and liabilities that in-house counsel and human resources will be asked to manage while businesses attempt to find the new normal.

  • 9.11.20

    Even after employees return to work and business operations return to normal, the impact of COVID-19 has changed the workplace for the foreseeable future. And until a vaccine and tests become widely available, the threat of another outbreak and employee concerns or fears regarding COVID-19 will continue to permeate throughout the workplace.

  • California Anti-Harassment Train-the-Trainer Doubleheader


    The passage of SB 1343 expands the AB1825 training requirement to now require all employers with five or more employees to provide anti-harassment training for supervisory and nonsupervisory employees. It also requires all nonsupervisory employees to complete one hour of anti-harassment training. All employees must be trained within six months of being hired and every two years thereafter. This session, exclusively for human resources professionals, will equip them with the know how to conduct training at their workplace. Materials will be provided in both English and Spanish for this session. Important: only those who fall under eligible train-the-trainer categories may attend this session.

  • 9.9.20

    As New Jersey schools announce their re-opening plans, employers in the state are trying to understand their obligations under different federal and state leave laws. Although the plans vary widely, most schools are making the difficult decision of choosing either an entirely remote learning model or a hybrid of attending remotely coupled with physical attendance. In light of these different reopening plans, New Jersey Managing Partner Rosemary Gousman and Associate Alvaro Hasani are hosting a 60 minute webinar to help employers understand how the (FFCRA) affects the leave rights of employees for differing school schedules and how covered employers in New Jersey must also consider their obligations under state leave laws.

  • 8.27.20

    Everyone has strong opinions about politicians and issues, especially during this 2020 election season. Inevitably, these opinions may come up during conversations at work where they can be disruptive and interfere with productivity. These conversations also can expose employers and employees to legal risks if they do not fully understand the laws that govern political speech at work.

  • 8.27.20

    Litigation in federal court is becoming more and more common in the practice of immigration law, in part because of the immigration agency’s arbitrary case adjudication or delay. Join Fisher Phillips immigration attorney Ralph Hua for a one-hour webinar providing an in-depth overview of the various types of immigration litigation cases, and how federal court litigation can be an effective tool to achievable results in immigration cases.

  • 8.27.20

    The year 2020 has been a big year for employers. The impact of COVID-19 has changed the workplace for the foreseeable future, and aside from COVID-19, there have been significant legal developments in 2020 that employers cannot ignore.

  • 8.25.20

    As Michigan businesses continue to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is looking to provide employers with some relief. Join Fisher Phillips attorney Stephen Gee for a webinar covering the new stimulus and business relief legislation that is in the pipeline, and what employers need to know.

  • 8.18.20

    Accommodating leave and administering the interactive process and disability accommodations can be burdensome and feel like a full-time job, but the law does have limits. This program will discuss the bright line rules and the gray areas of disability-related laws and provide guidance on when the company has satisfied its duties. The program will include a discussion of common problems employers and managers face, including at what point an employee's leave becomes an undue hardship and when an employer may safely end the interactive process or consider terminating disabled employees.

  • Navigating Medical and Recreational Marijuana in the Workplace

    In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 and began a journey that brought radical changes to state marijuana laws. These changes have left many employers wondering what they must do to adapt to legalized marijuana. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all response to the issue. What may be appropriate for an employer of individuals in safety-sensitive positions may not work for the employer of baristas.

  • 7.30.20

    Join Seattle’s Amanda Buchan for to discuss what employers should know about the tangled web of various federal, state, and local laws that provide employees with protected leave. 

  • 7.22.20

    Paychex and Fisher Phillips invite you to attend a seminar covering the recently enacted legislations that are impacting employers across California. This seminar focuses on the new legislation created by the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it directly impacts all California based businesses. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A opportunity. In this program, presented by Fisher Phillips partner Todd Scherwin, employers will understand what actionable steps are necessary to prepare and update policies to be in compliance reflecting the new laws.

  • 7.21.20

    Join Fisher Phillips privacy attorneys Usama Kahf and Ed Hopkins in a deep-dive on the key privacy issues employers have been facing during the COVID-19 shutdowns and since then. Come with your questions ready!

  • 7.14.20

    The way that businesses operate has been forever altered by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Procedures have been added or modified, positions have been eliminated or consolidated, and many employees are being asked to perform their jobs in entirely different ways. Critically, employers who fail to update their employee handbooks to reflect these changes could face significant legal liability or lose valuable legal rights. Whether you are a business who is in the process of preparing its first employee handbook or a business who needs to update its existing employee handbook, this webinar will provide you with important information that you need to remember as you do so.

  • 7.9.20

    2020 has presented employers looking to acquire and retain foreign nationals numerous new and unfamiliar challenges as it relates to immigration compliance, including Presidential Proclamations and I-9 compliance during COVID-19.

  • 7.9.20

    The rights of transgender persons have been in the spotlight of late, particularly with the Supreme Court ruling that LGTBQ workers are protected by federal law forbidding discrimination. This presentation will address what it means to be transgender and how a person may transition gender under California law. It will also cover the legal and practical issues encountered with transgender employees including restroom use, changes in health coverage needs, and reactions of other employees.

  • 7.2.20

    Like many businesses, the California Legislature was shut down for much of the COVID-19 crisis. But the Legislature returned to work on May 4th and is once again proposing legislation impacting California employers. While the legislative agenda is limited and much of the focus is related to COVID-19 issues, there are a number of new proposal about which California employers need to be aware – ranging from new leave requirements, new workers’ compensation changes, and further action related to the “ABC test” and AB 5 from last year. Our capitol insider Ben Ebbink will bring you up to speed on all of the new and pending legislative proposals impacting California employers.

  • 6.19.20

    The coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to execute employment decisions quickly out of necessity, amidst newly evolving administrative guidance and laws.  With many workers anxious about returning to work and unemployment at record levels, businesses must act more deliberately when applying this still ever-evolving framework to address employee concerns.

  • June 19, 2020 and June 26, 2020

    As California continues phased re-opening, it is important for restaurant and hotel owners to understand their legal rights and obligations while making plans to resume business post-COVID-19. Fisher Phillips partners Alden Parker and Tyler Woods will address some of the key legal issues as phased reopening continues.

  • 6.18.20

    Join Usama Kahf and Lauren Stockunas for an in-depth discussion on the CCPA and how it will affect many businesses that do business in California. This webinar focuses on new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations and the actions businesses must take to be in full compliance. Enforcement begins July 1, 2020.

  • A Primer for Reopening California Schools

    The Country is beginning to reopen from the COVID-19 shut-down and it’s time for schools to start thinking about the fall term. As we enter this uncharted territory, there are many employment and related issues for schools to consider. Join Fisher Phillips Attorney, Jason A. Geller, as he presents a webinar designed to provide practical advice to reduce the risk for schools as they prepare to reopen in the fall.

  • 6.15.20

    This webinar will provide an overview of the Department of Education's final rule on sexual harassment and practical considerations for policy revisions and implementation for colleges and universities. There will be particular emphasis on student conduct and faculty discrimination issues.

  • 6.11.20

    California employees and their attorneys have developed a new favorite claim that can cost your business millions. The new “claims du jour” in California are Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims for paystub violations under Labor Code Section 226, which has ten technical requirements. This webinar will cover PAGA cases, dissect the requirements of Section 226, and the impact of recent case law and recommend ways that employers can avoid these claims altogether and minimize any liability for past paystubs that have not been compliant.

  • 6.10.20

    As businesses across the nation prepare to reopen after the Coronavirus Pandemic, San Diego County businesses have special considerations that they must take. This webinar is for businesses with operations in San Diego County that are preparing to reopen or that have already begun operations.

  • 6.9.20

    Unionization is rapidly taking hold in the cannabis industry. Is your business prepared?  Join Fisher Phillips for this groundbreaking one-hour webinar analyzing the state-specific obligations for a cannabis industry employer to follow concerning a labor unions’ access to employees, access to employer property, entitlement to employer neutrality during union organizing, and collective bargaining. We will breakdown what Labor Peace Agreements (LPA) are, what they mean for your business, and recommend preventative measures to honor employee choice in remaining union-free. 

  • An Overview of Florida COVID-19 Litigation
  • 6.4.20

    Join Fisher Phillips attorneys Usama Kahf and Lauren Stockunas and special guest Steve Kerler, president of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and managing partner of Privageo, for an in-depth discussion on the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and how it will affect many businesses that do business in California. 

  • 6.3.20

    As we continue to slowly open up, many organizations are discovering that working remotely can be efficient and productive for some employees. With closed borders and limited ability to work at the office, Companies are finding solutions with remote workers, some of whom are working in other international jurisdictions.

  • 5.28.20

    Employee performance is one of the most challenging areas for managers to navigate. However, effectively managing performance, discipline, and discharge can improve individual employee performance, increase organizational effectiveness, and decrease the risk of litigation. This program will discuss how to use “N.E.A.T.” and “C.L.E.A.N.” principles to manage (and help your managers manage) your employees’ performance.

  • 5.28.20

    Wage and hour compliance is never easy. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has  forced some New Jersey businesses to shut down completely and others to reduce operations or shift to a remote work.

  • 5.21.20

    Speaker: Ed Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips

    COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous impact on employment in the United States. As a result, there has been a significant number of employees laid off while employees who remain on the job have and are facing many novel safety and health issues. This has resulted in OSHA receiving an increase in a number of whistleblower complaints. History involving past major catastrophic events such as 9/11, resulted in a significant increase in whistleblower claims. Employers must prepare for more complaints and resulting whistleblower investigations by OSHA. This program will discuss how to properly and legally handle discipline and/or termination of an employee so not to be covered under any of the 23 whistleblower statues overseen by OSHA. This webinar will examine what is “protected activity” and “adverse employment action”. It will discuss both the employee’s and employer’s burden of proof. The program will discuss how to properly handle a whistleblower investigation. Finally, the webinar will examine the potential remedies for whistleblower violations and settlement options.

  • 5.20.20

    It’s back to business for most states, and as stay-at-home orders start lifting in California, businesses are preparing to get back to work. This 60-minute presentation, hosted by Hannah Sweiss and Nicole Kamm, with the Los Angeles and Woodland Hills offices of Fisher Phillips, will address key considerations for employers as they bring their employees back to work.

  • 5.19.20

    In partnership with SD SHRM, please join Fisher Phillips attorneys Usama Kahf and Adam Sloustcher as they address some of the some of the key legal issues facing employers as businesses start re-opening and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic expire. It is important to understand what your legal rights and obligations are as you develop your plans for resuming business post-COVID-19.

  • 5.18.20

    The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an unfathomably rapid destruction of employment, forcing Human Resources departments to react rather than effectively plan for the impact of these changes. With the “Great Recession” only a decade behind us, taking the time to reflect and learn from that experience may help guide our actions in the coming months.

  • 5.15.20

    The coronavirus has been impacting our lives, workplaces, and economy for over a month. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but what lies ahead remains uncertain. We will discuss some of the issues employers continue to face and issues likely to arise in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 5.14.20

    Make sure you are fully aware and knowledgeable on the leave laws that affect your workplace. Fisher Phillips attorney Nina Montazeri will address obligations and strategies for employers to effectively respond to leave requests by employees and ways to avoid common legal landmines under California’s Sick Leave, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), New Parent Leave Act, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Nina will also address how these new regulations may interact with your company’s obligations under the FMLA, ADA, FEHA, and PDL.

  • Multiple Dates and Times


  • A Live Q&A Focused on Getting Employees Back to Work

    Top safety protocols and employment issues to consider when your organization begins to transition back into the workspace as pandemic restrictions lift.

  • 5.12.20

    Speaker: Ed Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips

    Since the start of the pandemic, OSHA has been severely restricted conducting worksite inspections. As federal and state OSHA resumes full operations they will be focused on conducting a significant number of inspections. As a result, OSHA will be more aggressive about inspections and enforcement. The number of Federal OSHA inspections resulting in penalties in excess of $100,000 most likely will dramatically increase. This comprehensive presentation will offer attendees an in-depth, practical examination of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) and how it and the Secretary of Labor’s right to enforce the Act may potentially affect the inspected facility and the company’s business objectives. This webinar will take attendees through the inspection process, including pre-inspection, opening conference, walk-around inspection, document production, employee interviews, closing conference, informal conference, appeals and hearings before the OSH Review Commission. Attendees will be provided a step-by-step discussion of the legal and practical process implicated when OSHA arrives for an inspection, how to define the scope of the inspection, and how to effectively assert your legal rights when OSHA is being unreasonable. Program will also provide helpful tips on handling OSHA informal complaints so they do not result in an onsite inspection.

  • Join our Labor Relations Group
    May 12th & May 14th

    As they reopen in the wake of COVID-19, non-union businesses must prepare for a host of labor relations challenges ranging from a spike in employee activism to direct organizing drives. Unionized employers face their own unique challenges, including voluminous information requests, mid-term demands, and numerous grievances related to safety concerns.

  • 5.12.20

    As businesses across TN, MS, and AR begin to re-open, employers should consider how their actions with regard to their employees may be utilized by plaintiffs-side attorneys against the employers, and how employer actions as to their employees may even lead to lawsuits.

  • 5.8.20

    The coronavirus has been impacting our lives, workplaces, and economy for over a month. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but what lies ahead remains uncertain. We will discuss some of the issues employers continue to face and issues likely to arise in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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