Education event

Labor and Employment Law Seminar
Significant case law, employer obligations under ACA, emerging trends in wage and hour

November 2, Sacramento
November 10, Glendale



This program is for executives of CHA-member hospitals only

Get ahead and stay ahead
A near constant flow of new case decisions and changing laws requires human resources executives to continually monitor the landscape and adapt policies and practices. It can be a daunting task. This coming year will be tougher yet with the passage of health care reform and changes at the federal level in administration and enforcement initiatives. It’s important now to get ahead of the issues and stay ahead.

At this year’s labor and employment law seminar we’ll bring you current on the critical issues and help you plan for the coming year. Seminar topics include:

Case Law Developments and New Laws for 2011
Find out about current litigation that impact your operations including the landmark Brinker case, and new case decisions related to meal and rest periods. Plus, learn about proposed regulations, new legislation and what to expect on the legislative front in the coming year.

Employer Obligations Under the Accountable Care Act
Hospitals are large employers operating around the clock and with diverse staff. The practical impact of health care reform on hospital employers is uncertain and complex. Attendees will learn about the various implementation dates, employer obligations and key decision points.

Emerging Trends in Wage and Hour Litigation
The past ten years have seen an explosion of wage and hour class action litigation. This session will explore the emerging theories in wage and hour class action litigation, identify common employer pitfalls and offer practical advice on what you can do to protect your hospital.

A Changing Federal Labor Landscape
Changes in administration at the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor and Office of Federal Contract Compliance will have a major impact on hospital operations. From increased enforcement actions to an expansion of the definition of “federal contractor,” hospitals must prepare for more federal regulatory oversight.

Register now—first program is November 2.

Recommended for

Human resources executives, benefits managers, payroll specialists, chief operating officers, legal counsel, risk managers and nursing directors.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Wage and Hour Issues

  • Meal period litigation—Brinker update and other developments
  • Overtime 12-hour shifts—important decisions
  • Use of interns—new state and federal guidance
  • Kin care—Supreme Court decision clarifies the law
  • DOL guidance—changing clothes and “hours worked,” definition of parenting relationship 

Wrongful Discharge/Employment Discrimination

  • Stray comments—admissible as evidence
  • ADA/FMLA—fitness for duty exams
  • FEHA—separation after a lengthy leave
  • Bona fide occupational qualification—what is the burden

Grab Bag

  • Non-compete agreements—use becomes more limited
  • Use of employer electronics—clarifying right to privacy
  • Arbitration—class arbitration and other developments

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Looking into Wage and Hour’s Crystal Ball—What the Future Holds

  • DOL Enforcement Initiative—focus on health care employers
  • Meal and rest break litigation—emerging theories
  • On-call, call-back practices—evaluating the risks
  • Alternative work week schedules—what are the pitfalls
  • Temporary staff—the joint employer issue

The Future of Employer-Provided Health Benefits Under ACA

  • Employer responsibilities—now and in the future
  • Health insurance reforms, modifications to benefit plans
  • Impact of excise tax on high-cost insurance plans
  • Collective bargaining—special considerations
  • Employer penalties—what they are, how to avoid 

Scanning the Federal Labor Law Horizon

  • New members of NLRB and influence on federal labor law
  • Pending cases before NLRB—status and implications
  • OFCCP—update and the expanding definition of federal contractor
  • EFCA—where it stands now, what’s likely to happen 

New Laws and Updates for 2010

  • Proposed regulations on sleep lab techs, lab personnel, pregnancy disability leave 
  • Legislation—what passed, what didn’t and what will be back
  • CHA litigation update—union access to private property, employee whistleblower


Richard Simmons is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Mr. Simmons’ expertise includes wage and hour law, wrongful discharge, labor relations, employee discipline, arbitration issues and employment discrimination.

Jeffrey A. Berman is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice department at Seyfarth Shaw in Los Angeles. Mr. Berman represents employers in a variety of industries, including the health care industry, with a focus on wage-hour, traditional labor, employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases.

G. Roger King is a partner in the San Diego office of Jones Day. His practice is devoted to representing employers in employment relations issues, with particular concentration in matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, state and federal equal employment statutes, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Muira Mishra is the founder and principal of MKM Law Group, PC. Ms. Mishra provides legal advice to employers in all aspects of employment law and conducts internal investigations, workplace audits and training for executives, managers and employees.

Bruce Sarchet is a shareholder in the Los Angeles offices of Littler Mendelson and is an active member of several of the firm’s departments including labor and employment and health care employers. Mr. Sarchet has particular expertise in the areas of workplace violence, employment discrimination and public sector employment law.

Gail Blanchard-Saiger is vice president of labor and employment for the California Hospital Association. Ms. Blanchard-Saiger provides leadership for state legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources and labor relations.


Nov. 2
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700
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Nov. 10
Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale
100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 956-5466
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This program is for executives of CHA-member hospitals only.

$295 Member

Tuition includes CEUs, lunch and course materials.

Confirmations: A confirmation will be sent to all registrants who register at least one week in advance. Directions and parking information will be included.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment: A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more business days prior to the scheduled session and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Please note: payment is due one day prior to the program. Payments not received by the seminar date will be subject to a 10% late fee.

Special Accommodations or Questions: If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act, or have other questions, please call (916) 552-7637.


Full attendance at the educational session is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education credit. Attendees must sign in at the seminar and, when required, include their state bar or professional license number. Certificates of attendance will be e-mailed.

Health Care Executives—CHA is authorized to award 6.5 hours of preapproved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credit for this program toward advancement, recertification or reappointment in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Legal—CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity has been approved for 6.5 hours of MCLE credit.

Nursing—Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #C.E.P. 11924, for 7.8 Contact Hours.


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