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NHRA Ventura County: Separating CA Employees: A step by step guide

Date: May 10, 730-9am (Pacific Time)
Type of event: In-person only
Cost: $25-38 (based on membership status)

  • In transition: $25
  • Member: $28
  • Nonmember: $38

Affiliate: Ventura County

Topic overview: While most employment in California is at-will, expansive protections offered to California employees make it difficult to separate workers, even when employers have legitimate reasons for doing so. This webinar will provide a step-by-step guide for the separation process to minimize the risk of future lawsuits. The speakers will outline best practices for deciding when to separate employees, including considerations related to reductions in force, Cal-WARN requirements, and employees who are on leaves of absence or who have requested accommodations. The speakers will also provide practical guidance on executing separations, including identifying the documents to be distributed to employees upon separation, complying with final pay requirements, and understanding a new state law affecting the terms of settlement and severance agreements.

Learning objectives:
a.         Best practices regarding coaching and disciplining employees;
b.         Best practices in terms of processing terminations, including when there are issues with requests for accommodations;
c.          Basic information regarding layoffs, including Cal-WARN requirements;
d.         Executing terminations, including documents that must be provided to separated employees;
e.         Updates to California law regarding severance agreements.

Speaker Bios

Danielle Goodman is of counsel at the firm’s Los Angeles office. In her practice, Danielle represents employers in state and federal court and arbitration on a wide range of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, leave law violations, wage and hour disputes, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Danielle also represents employers in disputes with current and former employees regarding misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contract. Danielle received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. She was an active member of Loyola Law School’s Scott Moot Court Team and International and Comparative Law Review. Her oral argument ranked 8th best in the 2010 American Bar Association Regional Moot Court Competition. Before attending law school, Danielle received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nicole McAtee is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Nicole’s practice focuses on defending employers in state and federal court on a broad spectrum of employment issues, including wrongful termination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process, and wage and hour disputes. Nicole also advises and counsels employers regarding employee handbooks, personnel policies, reasonable accommodations, leave issues, internal investigations, disciplinary actions, and lay-offs, including compliance with Cal-WARN. Nicole received her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. While in law school, Nicole was the Chief Editor of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal and a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office-Major Crimes Division.

Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

May 10 @ 7:30 am 9:00 am PST


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