North Orange Co - Hero or Scapegoat? How HR Can Help Win (or Lose) an Employment Lawsuit
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North Orange Co - Hero or Scapegoat? How HR Can Help Win (or Lose) an Employment Lawsuit

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Embassy Suites North Anaheim
3100 E Frontera St
Anaheim, California  92806
United States
Presenter: James McDonald, Jr.
Contact: Kristina Steger

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PIHRA North Orange Co

Hero or Scapegoat? How HR Can Help
Win (or Lose) an Employment Lawsuit

presented by James McDonald, Jr.


HR professionals are often key to the success (or failure) of an employer in court. From the drafting of policies, to selection and onboarding of employees, to documentation of poor performance, to investigation of misconduct, to the manner in which a termination is conducted, HR’s performance can make a big difference between winning at trial and paying an expensive settlement.

This presentation will address each of these areas as well as tips on how to give a winning deposition in an employment case.


Program Agenda

7:15am - 7:45am - Registration
7:45am - 8:00am - Welcome
8:00am - 9:30am - Speaker




James McDonald, Jr. is managing partner of Fisher Phillips LLP Irvine office and a partner in the Los Angeles office. Jim tries employment cases before juries, judges and arbitrators.

His practice especially focuses on executive terminations, workplace harassment and discrimination claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, mental health issues in the workplace, and trade secrets and unfair competition matters. Jim also advises employers on how to prevent employment disputes from arising, on how to manage union strikes and picketing, and on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Jim is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management, and he teaches employment law in the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California, Irvine.



This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $35 $45
Guest/Nonmember $50 $60
PIHRA Member In-Transition $30 $40
PIHRA Student Member $25 $35
Nonmember Student $30 $40

Online registration closes on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 8:00pm. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellations. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to the event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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