Ventura County - The Times They Are a Changin'...The 2020 Employment Law Update
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Ventura County - The Times They Are a Changin'...The 2020 Employment Law Update

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Spanish Hills Country Club
999 Crestview Ave
Camarillo, California  93010
United States
Presenter: Karen Gabler, Ryan Haws & Kathy Fellows
Contact: Mary Valdivieso

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PIHRA Ventura County

The Times They Are a Changin'...
The 2020 Employment Law Update

(Extended Meeting)

presented by Karen Gabler, Ryan Haws & Kathy Fellows


Are you ready for 2020?

It’s that time again! California courts and our legislative representatives have new fun in store for employers in 2020. To fully protect the workplace from costly employment disputes and government audits, California employers, managers and human resource professionals must stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of employment laws in our state and cities, as well as the cases decided by California and federal courts throughout the year.

Join us at this half-day program to prepare for 2020! Topics to be discussed will include (among many others):

  • FEHA statute of limitations expanded
  • California bans arbitration of FEHA and Labor Code claims; is it legal?
  • Deciphering AB 5, Dynamex and the use of independent contractors in the workplace
  • Extended deadline for sexual harassment prevention training for employers with five or more employees
  • Paid Family Leave expansions (more on the horizon!)
  • Amendments to the FEHA’s protected categories and required policy updates for all employers
  • New lactation accommodation requirements
  • CalSavers Program is here – are you ready? Is it legal?
  • Significant local and state minimum wage changes
  • Expanded penalties for failure to pay wages
  • Individual liability for wage and hour violations
  • Organ donation changes
  • Voting law updates
  • Updates to the OSHA injury reporting requirement
  • CROWN Act explained
  • Expanded definition of “Registered Domestic Partnerships”
  • Changes to key forms and new hire documents
  • Pay for “Computer Software” and “Physicians and Surgeons” on the rise
  • EEO – 1 Component 2 reporting requirements
  • Overtime changes for agricultural workers
  • Update on DFEH anti-harassment programs, postings, trainings and sample materials
  • Arbitration do’s and don’ts and the U.S. Supreme Court’s view on class waivers
  • Rest and meal break relief for certain industries
  • More changes to “PAGA” (the “sue your boss” law)
  • Expanded interpretation of what constitutes “reporting for work”
  • Non-discretionary bonuses don’t just affect overtime….
  • New cases on commute time and the use of company vehicles
  • Clarifications regarding the ministerial exemption
  • New issues on the importance of carefully- drafted arbitration agreements
  • Required handbook updates for 2020
  • Many, many more….


Program Agenda

7:30am - 8:00am - Registration and Networking
8:00am - 12:00pm - Meeting



Karen L. Gabler, Esq. is an employment law attorney with LightGabler, an employment law firm with attorneys in Camarillo and San Luis Obispo. For over 27 years, Karen has represented employers and managers in businesses of all sizes and industries in virtually all aspects of employment law. She collaborates with her clients in developing proactive strategies to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes, and defends employers and management against employee claims.

Karen provides day-to-day advice to over 750 management clients on workplace disputes and employee issues, including performance, discipline, disabilities, leaves of absence, wage and hour issues, and more. She performs internal audits of clients' employment practices to ensure strategic compliance with current laws, and investigates workplace complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, and employee theft or other misconduct. Karen prepares employee agreements, memoranda and policies, and conducts management and staff training on a variety of workplace topics. She is also a skilled litigator and negotiator, having successfully resolved hundreds of claims on behalf of businesses in all industries.

Karen has been named as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine for the past eight years. She has been named one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” and the “Who’s Who in Professional Services” by the Pacific Coast Business Times, and has been recognized as the “Top Attorney in Client Service” and one of the “Most Trusted Advisors” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Karen has taught employment law courses at the Pepperdine School of Law, and is a sought-after speaker on employment law topics for numerous professional, civic and business organizations. 
  Ryan Haws is an employment law attorney at LightGabler. He practices in the areas of employment law advice and counsel. With a background in social work and past legal experience with employment and family law matters, he focuses on proactive resolution of workplace disputes while aggressively defending his clients’ interests, and provides guidance to employers on complying with legal standards while preserving business productivity and employee morale.

Ryan has twice been recognized as one of the top 40 up-and-coming business professionals under age 40 by the Pacific Coast Business Times. He serves as a Board Member of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council and the Ventura County Professionals In Human Resources Association. He is also a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and the Ventura County Barristers. In his spare time, Ryan frequently participates in, coaches or referees local soccer, softball, and flag-football leagues. He is an active member of his church community.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University in 2005 and his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah in 2006. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2009. Ryan is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
  Kathy Fellows has been a civil litigation attorney for the past seven years. She has defended cases in areas including personal injury, premises liability, contract, landlord-tenant, discrimination and defamation. Kathy litigates a wide variety of disputed matters and counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including: Wrongful termination, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Breach of contract, Wage and hour violations, Class action defense, Defamation, Invasion of privacy, Protection of employer trade secrets and confidential information, Unfair business practices, 132a claims, and Serious and willful claims.

Kathy is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and Ventura County Bar Association. She also volunteers at the Juvenile Justice Center with members of Women Lawyers of Ventura County. Kathy graduated with honors from Utah State University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Ventura College of Law. While attending night courses at Ventura College of Law, Kathy worked full time as a legal secretary and law clerk at a litigation defense firm. She was promoted to an associate attorney position immediately upon graduating as the Valedictorian of her class.

Kathy lives in Camarillo with her husband, Dan. She enjoys traveling and looks forward to visiting many more places.



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Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $50 $60
Guest/Nonmember $60 $70
PIHRA Member In-Transition $40 $50
PIHRA Student Member $40 $50

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