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Change Is the Only Constant

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Change Is the Only Constant

Presenter: Roberta Hayashi, Esq., Berliner Cohen

May 2014 - This program is no longer available, the page is available for information purposes only.

Program length: 60 minutes

  • Every year, new court cases, state legislation and local ordinances affect companies doing business in California. In this webcast, Roberta Hayashi, partner in the San Jose offices of the law firm Berliner Cohen, will provide an update of recent developments affecting California employers. Among the laws that she will discuss:

    • California's increased minimum wage and the impact on compensation for exempt and non-exempt employees


    • California’s expanded leave of absence requirements, including added protections for victims of stalking, which carry significant obligations for employers.


    • The Sanchez vs. Swissport case, which expands the amount of available pregnancy disability leave in all companies with five or more employees’


    • Expanded definitions for sexual harassment and retaliation, including the prohibition of making threats based on “immigration status”.

    In addition, she will discuss the development and implementation of policies, procedures and day-to-day practices in the workplace that are essential to compliance with these changes.

    About the presenter: Roberta Hayashi is a partner in the law firm Berliner Cohen, based in San Jose, Calif and serves as chair of the firm's Employment Law group. Ms. Hayashi has over 25 years of experience representing and advising Silicon Valley employers in employment and business litigation. She has trial experience in wrongful termination, discrimination, and misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information actions in both state and federal court. Ms. Hayashi has been named one of the “Top 50 Women Litigators” in California by The Daily Journal and recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel edition in the area of Employment Litigation Defense. Ms. Hayashi was honored for her outstanding contributions to the community and the profession by the Santa Clara County Bar Association with its Salsman Award and received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009. Ms. Hayashi also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association Employment Dispute Panel, and a member of the Santa Clara County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel.


  • Recertification Credit

    Viewing this entire presentation, either as a live event or archived, counts for 1 credit hour toward PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification from the Human Resource Certification Institute. This qualifies California-specific credit. Note: You are responsible for tracking your participation in this event.



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