New California Employment Laws: Preparing for 2017 Changes to Fair Pay Act, Leave and Wage Laws, Background Checks, and More

Duration: 60 Minutes
2017 brought California a slew of new and updated employment laws. This is a primer to new California employment law and an update to changes to the existing laws for 2017. Among the various topics will be updates to the Fair Pay Act, and a brief summary of Proposition 64, California's recreational marijuana law. There are also updates and changes to California's wage & hour laws, anti-discrimination laws and federal regulatory changes that affect California employers.
California Employment Laws Regulations
Product ID: 506760
Objectives of the Presentation
  • California Fair Pay Act
  • California Wage & Hour Laws
  • California Discrimination Law
  • Relevant New Local Laws and Regulations
  • Federal and State Regulatory Changes Affecting California Employers and Employers with Employees in California
Why Should you Attend
If your company is located in California or has employees or work sites in California, those employees and work sites will be subject to California laws. In order to keep abreast of current California employment laws, rules and regulations, anyone charged with that duty including, HR Managers and Staff, attorneys, paralegals and supervisors generally would benefit from understanding current California law.

Who will Benefit
  • Attorneys and/or Paralegals
  • Human Resource Executives
  • Supervisors
Topic Background
Each year, California makes changes to the legal and regulatory framework affecting employers. Additionally there are new federal regulations that affect employers across the country as well as in California. This program is designed to update responsible personnel about the most significant changes that affect California employers and the employment legal and regulatory landscape.
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Instructor Profile:
Melvin K. Patterson, an attorney licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California, was General Counsel to Cedrus Investments Limited, an international financial services firm with offices around the globe. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Section of the California State Bar. He has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Patterson is experienced in Labor and Employment litigation and transactional matters in the U.S., Asia and the U.K. He has designed internal business policies, procedures and management structures, as well as inter-corporate relationships and has been a business owner himself.

Mr. Patterson is an experienced trial litigator who has handled numerous business and commercial matters for over 20 years on behalf of an elite clientele around the world. He has defended clients in matters brought against companies by employees, commercial business agreements and government regulatory matters.

Mr. Patterson holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, as well as a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University. He has also earned the American Jurisprudence Award, completed specialized training in Assessing Economic Damages, Forensic Discovery and Preservation of Electronic Evidence and Data.

Mr. Patterson was nominated to the National Dean's List and has been a speaker before such groups as the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, is a past contributing editor to California Motions In Limine (The Rutter Group) and has been a columnist for the "The Docket", the news and information journal of the San Mateo County Bar Ass'n. He has a knowledge of Korean, Japanese and Spanish languages.
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