Education event

Labor and Employment Law Seminar
Significant case decisions, ACA progress and hurdles, NLRB rulings, "ask-the-experts" panel

November 1, Sacramento
November 8, Glendale


This program is for CHA-member hospitals only

You manage a team of human resource specialists — or you are the “HR Department.” Either way, it’s up to you to be on top of all the issues: wage and hour, compensation and benefits, leave of absence, disability discrimination, and labor and employee relations. Not easy.

At this year’s annual Labor and Employment Law seminar expert faculty will do the analysis for you. You’ll hear about the latest court case decisions, changes to federal and state laws, and find out what you need to do to stay compliant. Highlights of this year’s program include:

Health Care Reform, One-Year and Counting
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made benefit management and administration much more complex for hospitals. Learn about recent challenges to the mandate and how ACA continues to impact employer benefits decisions.

Federal Labor Rulings Mix it Up for Employers
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a number of rulings that will impact all employers — union and non-union alike. Hear about a recent NLRB memo discussing social media commentary and how a proposed rule is likely to substantially change the organizing and election process.

Case Law Developments Bring More Pressure — and Just a Little Relief
Significant cases were decided on key issues including two U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The first, opened the door wider for employees to establish discrimination, while the second, may limit class actions for employees who have signed arbitration agreements. The impact of these and other noteworthy cases will be examined.

Register now — first program is November 1.

Recommended for

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


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

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Wage and Hour Issues

  • New cases applying the white-collar exemptions
  • Meal period litigation — premium pay, cases in step with Brinker
  • Court interprets reporting time pay rule
  • “Workweek” defined for purposes of overtime, 7th day premium

Wrongful Discharge/Employment Discrimination

  • Sex discrimination class action update — Wal-Mart, other cases
  • U.S. Supreme Court allows broader range of evidence
  • Disability discrimination, reasonable accommodation

Grab Bag

  • Arbitration update — class actions, waivers, enforceability
  • Employee right to privacy — using employer’s property
  • WARN Act — court defines “employment loss”
  • Leaves of absence — limits on reinstatement

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Labor Law 2011 and Beyond — What All Hospitals Need to Know

  • What the NLRB did to your employee handbook
  • Employees and social media — policy do’s and don’ts
  • Solicitation, distribution and union access — ground rules for the workplace
  • Regulations — proposed revisions to the election process, employee rights poster

Ask the Experts — Panel Discussion

  • Leaves of absence
  • Public and district hospitals
  • Wage and hour — protecting against class action
  • And your issues — bring your questions for our experts

Reform: Year One and Counting — Recent Developments, What’s Next

  • Implementation of consumer protections
  • Current court challenges to ACA, potential legislative challenges
  • Regulatory update
  • Grandfathering — latest strategies and approaches
  • Planning for labor union collective bargaining
  • Developing an implementation plan

2012 New Laws and Updates

  • Legislation — what passed, what didn’t, what will be back
  • CHA litigation update — union access to private property, wage and hour


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. Mr. Simmons is the author of numerous legal publications for employers including the Wage and Hour Manual for California Employers.

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.

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. 1
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Nov. 8
Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale
100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202
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This program is for executives of CHA-member hospitals only.

$295 Member

Tuition includes CEs, lunch and course materials.

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 or e-mailed to 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 Americans with Disabilities Act, or have other questions, please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

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 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.

Human Resources — After the program, attendees may submit CHA’s Certificate of Attendance to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) to be considered for HRCI continuing education credit.

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.