Description Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.HR Networking/Cocktail Reception, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Downtown Los AngelesSymposium Description (Click Additional Information tab for details and speaker bios.] CalChamber’s inaugural HR Symposium is a full day packed with hot HR compliance topics, top experts and key insiders—including California's assistant labor commissioner and CalChamber's senior policy advocate on labor and employment. The $499 cost of admission ($399.20 for Preferred and Executive members) for this limited-seating event includes five one-hour sessions, a litigation roundtable, breakfast, lunch, HR networking/cocktail reception, and parking. Eight hours of HRCI and SHRM credits are awarded as well. (Want to stay overnight? Receive a 20% room discount at Westin Bonaventure.) Symposium Agenda 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening RemarksErika Frank, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, CalChamber 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. When to Remain Calm and Respond: Unique Issues in Workplace InvestigationsLisa Buehler, Partner, Ellis Buehler Makus The holiday party is over but there is chatter about a few employees who enjoyed one too many glasses of wine before, during and after the party. The libations turned into allegations of improper conduct involving two employees and a supervisor. Do employers have an obligation to conduct an investigation for improper conduct that occurs after hours? Learn the who, what, when, and where of workplace investigations and how to handle workplace investigations that arise out of unique situations. 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. How to Handle Agency AuditsJennifer Shaw, Principal, Shaw Law Group An agency audit can be a daunting experience for even the most experienced HR professionals. At the end of this practical and engaging session, you will know what to expect when an auditor shows up at your workplace and how to assert your rights. We’ll also share best practices during the audit and tips on how to prevent your workplace from being audited. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bad Facts Make Bad Law: Missteps That Lead to LawsuitsLitigation Roundtable, HR Symposium Panel of Experts California’s labor and employment laws, housed in various code sections, all provide an opportunity for costly civil litigation against an employer for any alleged mistake. While the labor and employment mandates may be a burden that an employer can withstand, the multiple threats of constant litigation create significant costs for California employers. Join the panel of experts as they discuss the most common employment lawsuits that California employers face and how bad workplace facts can create the perfect recipe for a costly lawsuit. 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speakers Eric Rood, Assistant Labor Commissioner, California Labor Commissioner's OfficeJennifer Barrera, Senior Policy Advocate (Labor and Employment, Legal, Taxation), CalChamber 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Ouch! What to Do When an Injury OccursVictor M. Andersen, Partner, Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond Workers’ Compensation insurance is a must-have for California employers. However, does every workplace injury trigger the filing of a workers' compensation claim? From paper cuts to slip and falls, learn about what obligations employers have when a workplace injury occurs, when post-accident drug testing is permissible and common pitfalls to avoid. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Five Common Missteps in Managing Leaves of AbsenceAnn M. Noel, Esq., Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting Managing leaves of absence can be a full-time job for many organizations. A complicated mix of federal, state and local employment laws can trip up any employer—even those with HR departments. Don’t get caught in a leaves of absence trap. A simple failure to designate or a denial of an unknown leave right can have costly consequences. Learn about the five common missteps organizations make when managing leaves of absences and how to avoid them. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. HR Networking/Cocktail Reception This symposium offers guidance only and does not serve as or replace legal advice.