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When: Monday, March 23, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (Pacific Time)
Where: Webinar - Virtual/Online
United States
Presenter: Greg Labate, Esq.
Contact: PIHRA Programs Dept

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What to do When Managing a
Remote Workforce is Mandatory

presented by Greg Labate, Esq.


What to do When Managing a Remote Workforce is Mandatory


Human resources professionals are critical to companies and communities during times of crisis, and we at PIHRA remain dedicated to supporting HR professionals in Southern California and beyond as the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation develops.

Our goal is to go beyond professional development and provide you with resources to assist you in your role. We have assembled a group of experts to help you with the next phase of managing employees during this unusual time. In addition to Greg Labate providing you with guidance for managing a remote workforce, Chris Dyer will provide practical guidance for employees working from home. In addition, April Szabo will be back to address some of the questions she did not have time to answer on our last webinar.

What to do When Managing a Remote Workforce is Mandatory
The U.S. workforce is always evolving, and employers must be ready to face the challenges of managing their remote employees. In this case, COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) has taken center stage in the news worldwide and has significant implications for California employers. The need for working from home is an issue now being faced by employers around the globe. Specifically, in California, employers must know how to manage the new remote workforce in order to comply with social distancing and keep their workforce stable, while also being careful not to violate the complex California employment laws in these challenging times.

We will address topics such as: reimbursement of home expenses; meal/rest period compliance; tracking time; overtime concerns; risks created from remote access to company infrastructure; temporary remote workforce agreements; and much more.


  • How to manage your remote workforce in California;
  • How to properly compensate your remote workforce being sure to comply with California wage and hour law; and
  • How to avoid lawsuits from employees who work remotely after the coronavirus crisis abates.




Greg Labate, Esq., Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Greg specializes in labor and employment law, and represents only employers in a wide range of industries. He has been the Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group for over 15 years. He provides general labor advice to employers, and regularly drafts employee handbooks, employment agreements, severance agreements and arbitration agreements for his clients. He has extensive experience in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, workplace violence, wage claims, trade secrets, employee raiding and other related matters. He is a trial attorney who has had great success defending his clients in court.




Guest Speakers


April Szabo, Esq., Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

April Szabo focuses her practice on employment matters, with an emphasis on practical, cost-effective client counseling and litigation. She specializes in providing clients with Human Resources guidance, including wage/hour counseling, conducting workplace investigations, and drafting employer documents, including handbooks and training materials. Her background also includes many years of litigation, with an emphasis on wage/hour matters, particularly classification issues concerning independent contractors. Prior to completing law school, Ms. Szabo worked as an Employee Relations Consultant for a national bank, where she conducted workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and assisted managers with a wide range of workplace issues, including performance documentation, terminations, and proper handling of meal and rest periods. This prior work has created a solid foundation for her current employment practice.


Chris Dyer, Author

Chris is passionate about helping leaders reach their full potential. As an expert at driving workplace performance through company culture, Chris has been featured by leading media outlets such as the BBC, NBC, and Forbes. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences all over the globe and was recently named to Inc.’s list of 10 Leadership Speakers That Can Help Transform Your Company Culture. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Power of Company Culture, which was released in 2018. He is also the Founder and CEO of PeopleG2, a background check provider that has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies four times. A passionate talent management enthusiast, Chris is the host of TalentTalk, a business podcast with over 3.65 million downloads that features interviews with top executives about their strategies for hiring and promoting talent. Chris strongly believes in community involvement, and he is active with a number of organizations. Additionally, he runs two book clubs for Senior Level and HR Professionals in Southern California. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling with his wife and kids, and playing live music with his band. He resides in Orange Country, California.




This program is valid for 1.25 PDC for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

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 submitted to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for review.

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