Education event

Labor and Employment Law Seminar
Judicial developments, new laws, privacy & preparing for H1N1


November 12, Sacramento; November 19, Pasadena

Human resource management requires a thorough understanding of workplace laws and the ability to spot issues that may impact your hospital’s workforce. Litigation regarding wage and hour issues, discrimination, and wrongful termination are common and persistent. And, two new issues have emerged this year that present unprecedented challenges—the H1N1 pandemic and the new privacy laws.

Attend this seminar and we’ll tackle these issues and more.

Wage and Hour Issues, New Laws
Find out about recent case decisions that will impact your operations. Plus, learn about new laws for 2010, and hear an update on the Employee Free Choice Act and federal leadership changes that may influence your employee relations.

H1N1 and the New Cal/OSHA ATD Standard
As the H1N1 pandemic unfolds and we enter the fall flu season, the potential impact on hospital employers is huge. A principal challenge will be to promote health care worker safety while complying with the recently-released Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard. Through a panel of experts, we will identify legal issues and provide answers to your workforce management questions.

New Federal and State Privacy Laws
Patient privacy breaches hurt everyone—certainly the patient, but hospitals also suffer a tarnished image, loss of public trust, and significant financial penalties. A special session will explain the differences between California law and HIPAA, and clarify reporting requirements. Recommendations for policies and procedures, including employee training, will be offered.

Faculty Understand Hospital Operations
Learn from seasoned faculty who work on behalf of hospitals. Lead faculty and noted labor and employment law authority is Richard Simmons of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. Additional faculty include: Jeffrey Berman of Sidley Austin, Jeffrey Tanenbaum of Nixon Peabody, Muira Mishra of MKM Law Group, Tom Jeffry of Arent Fox, and Gail Blanchard-Saiger of California Hospital Association.

Register soon—the first program is November 12.

November 12, Sacramento
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-5291

November 19, Pasadena
Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 577-1000


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

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Wage and Hour Issues
    – DLSE opinion letters—furloughs, alternative workweeks
    – Meal period update—public and private employers
    – Guidelines for class action settlements and releases
    – Individual liability for unpaid wages

Wrongful Discharge
    – Public employer rights during investigations
    – Retaliation and independent decision making

Employment Discrimination
    – Guidance on the “interactive process”
    – EEOC guidance on discrimination waivers and releases
    – Time limits on medical leaves of absence

Grab Bag
    – Employer liability for sexual harassment of patient
    – Enforceability of covenants not to compete

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Managing Human Resource Issues in the Face of H1N1—
Panel Presentation and Discussion

    – Applying the new Cal/OSHA ATD Standard
    – Paying employees who are out sick, in training, under medical  
    – Determining when Workers’ Compensation applies
    – Discrimination and retaliation pitfalls
    – Leaves of absence—which law applies, reviewing your policies

New Privacy Laws Impacting the Health Care Workplace
    – Overview of California privacy laws and HIPAA—how they differ
    – Employer reporting requirements
    – Liability for privacy breaches—employer and employee
    – Recommended policies, procedures and employee training

New Laws and Updates for 2010
    – State update—what passed, what didn’t and what will be back
    – Federal update—legislative developments and administrative
    – Federal and state watch lists—what’s on the horizon


This program is available to executives of CHA member hospitals only.

  • Human resource executives
  • Benefits managers
  • Payroll specialists
  • Chief operating officers
  • Legal counsel
  • Risk managers
  • Nursing directors


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 group at Sidley Austin LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Berman represents employers in a variety of industries with a focus on wrongful termination, wage-hour, employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases.

Jeffrey M. Tanenbaum is a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP in San Francisco. Mr. Tanenbaum has extensive experience in OSHA, Cal/OSHA, discriminatory and negligent hiring, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, collective bargaining and arbitration.

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.

Tom Jeffry is a partner at Arent Fox in Los Angeles. Mr. Jeffry has extensive experience in corporate governance, nonprofit tax and antitrust issues related to integrated delivery systems, health information technology, bioethics, privacy and security, and HIPAA Administrative Simplification regulations.

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.


This program is available to 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.


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 available.

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.