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 Seminar Agenda*

The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) presents a full‐day, advanced‐level seminar on wage and hour law. This high‐quality program will help plaintiffs’ attorneys stay abreast of this rapidly evolving practice area.  In addition to a conversation with the California Labor Commissioner, panels will feature a survey of recent case law and legislative developments, alternate theories for determining who can be liable for wage theft, litigating rest break cases post-Augustus, the treatment of workers in the gig economy, and the latest on differentiating independent contractors and employees.

Recent Developments in Wage and Hour Practice
Seasoned practitioners will walk you through the significant court decisions from the last year and will forecast what to expect from the Cal. Supreme Court in the months to come.  CELA’s Legislative Counsel & Policy Director will highlight new laws to add to your arsenal and what legislative changes are in the pipeline.
Moderator/Speaker: Katharine Chao
Legislative Update:  Mariko Yoshihara, CELA Legislative Counsel & Policy Director
Speakers:  Brandon Ruiz and Christian Schreiber

An Interview with California Labor Commissioner Julie Su
The work of Labor Commissioner Julie Su has changed the landscape in the fight for workers’ rights in California. We sit down with the Labor Commissioner in her seventh year to discuss what her office has achieved, new and continuing threats to workers, and effective strategies for holding employers accountable for violations of California wage and hour laws.
Interviewer: Cornelia Dai, Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP

Who is Liable for Wage Theft?
Let our dogged panelists navigate you through cutting edge theories of liability including successor liability, franchisor liability, joint employers, integrated employers, and individual liability.  Come learn creative strategies for maximizing recovery when multiple entities exist on the other side of your client’s wage theft case.
Moderator/Speaker: Jennifer Kramer
Speakers: Megan Beaman, Michael Rubin, and  Peter Rukin

Rest Breaks Post-Augustus
Now that the dust is settled, what is the best way to enforce employer’s obligations to authorize and permit lawful rest breaks? What are the challenges in proving breaks are not truly free of duties and employer control and convincing courts to certify these claims for class treatment?
Moderator/Speaker:  Jennifer Liu
Speakers: Louis Benowitz and Michael Singer

Gig Economy or Gilded Age, Version 2.0?
Is a gig worker an employee or an independent contractor or something new? What are the current standards for determining employee status and where is the law headed?  From the trenches, the panel will lay the foundation of the current California statutes addressing independent contractors, compare California state requirements versus federal requirements, summarize the standards under
Borello, Martinez, and discuss the relatively new ABC test debated in Dynamex.
Moderator/Speaker:  Aaron Kaufmann
Speakers: Laura Ho and Kevin Ruf

Seminar Planning Committee
Katharine Chao
Cornelia Dai
Aaron Kaufmann
Jennifer Kramer
Manfred Muecke

This seminar will qualify for 6.25 hours MCLE credit. CELA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, #2292. No refunds but attendees substitutions allowed but must be cleared through the CELA Administrative Office.
*This seminar is open to current CELA members and attorneys representing workers exclusively.