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Seminar: Survival Strategies for Employee Relationships
Learn what employers need to know at the half-day seminar “HR Essentials: From Hiring to Firing and Beyond,” presented by attorneys Meghan B. Clark and Michael Velthoen, partners at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, on May 16 in Thousand Oaks.
“This program is designed to go through the nuts and bolts of the employment relationship and give employers a survival guide on how to deal with basic employment issues that come up on a daily basis in every employment relationship,”
Attendees will learn how to manage the employee relationship from beginning to end, including screening and interviewing job applicants; hiring; disciplining employees; managing employees in basic issues like dress code, time card compliance, harassment scenarios; how to handle the situation when you have decided to terminate an employee; preparing severance and release agreements; arbitration agreements and handling unemployment claims. Other topics include wage and hour issues, how to avoid litigation and what to do if there is litigation.
Along with discussing workplace policies such as employee handbooks, the presenters will address how to manage 21st century workplace communication such as e-mails, instant messaging and blogging, employee privacy rights and employer obligations with respect to digital information.
“There are a myriad of laws that affect the employer-employee relationship. Our goal is to help employers and employees have a successful relationship that averts conflict and builds productivity while complying with those laws,” said Velthoen.
The workshop includes a continental breakfast and networking lunch. Cost is $85 for reservations made before May 11, and $95 from May 12 through walk-in registration May 16. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Online registration is at www.eastventuraeac.org.
Clark is a member of the firm’s Employment Law Group and handles employment litigation and day-to-day counseling for employers. Her practice includes a significant amount of appellate work, including recent decisions in employment law cases. She serves as vice chair of the East Ventura County Employers Advisory Council (EAC) and is a member of the board of counselors for California Lutheran University, a member of the board of directors for the Ventura County Bar Association and a past board member of the California Young Lawyers Association. She frequently hosts the morning roundtable series at her firm and presents seminars to local groups of employers including EAC and the Professionals in Human Resources Association.
Velthoen is Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP’s managing partner and maintains a diverse litigation practice including business, real estate and employment disputes. His recent employment litigation cases have included defending employers in wage and hour matters, as well as class action disputes. He also counsels employers on routine employment law questions.
The East Ventura County Employer Advisory Council is composed of employer volunteers representing a cross-section of business and industry. The EAC was developed to promote a stronger partnership between the California Employment Development Department and the business community.
Founded in 1982, Ferguson Case Orr Paterson’s expert attorneys serve individuals and corporate clients throughout the Tri-County region in business litigation, business transactions, tax, employment litigation and counseling, intellectual property, issues and appeals, public agency, construction litigation, real estate and land use, criminal defense, estate planning, probate litigation, family law and personal injury. For more information, visit www.fcoplaw.com or call (805) 659-6800.