California Employment Law 101: From Hiring to Firing (and Everything In Between)

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club
999 Crestview
Camarillo, CA 93010

Register: Online Registration

Presenters: Karen L. Gabler, Jonathan Fraser Light, and Gannon E. Johnson, Attorneys at LightGabler

Seminar Description

This informative half-day seminar designed for HR professionals and small business owners will cover the "nuts and bolts" of employment from hiring to firing, including:

  • Applications and Hiring (job applications, background checks, testing, interviews, orientation and training)
  • Employment Documentation (job descriptions, offer letters and employment agreements, handbooks, arbitration agreements, confidentiality agreements)
  • Dealing with Employees (social media and technology issues, counseling and discipline, harassment and discrimination, retaliation, investigation of employee complaints, documentation of employment issues, probation)
  • Terminating Employees (documentation, severance options, release agreements, post-termination checklist)
  • Avoiding Employee Claims (DLSE and DFEH charges, unemployment claims, insurance considerations, preparing for litigation)

Speakers' Bios:

As employment attorneys with LightGabler, Jon Light, Karen Gabler and Gannon Johnson provide day-to-day employment advice to over 600 clients and defend employment-related claims on behalf of business owners and management in all civil and administrative forums.

Karen Gabler
Karen collaborates with her clients to develop proactive strategies designed to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes. She serves as an external Human Resources provider for numerous businesses, providing counsel to management and conducting training programs for both management and employees. Karen performs internal audits of clients' employment practices to ensure strategic compliance with current laws, and guides client investigations of employee allegations regarding harassment, discrimination, and employee theft or other misconduct.

When litigation is unavoidable, Karen aggressively defends her clients against employment law claims in the state and federal courts as well as administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. She is a skilled litigator and negotiator, having successfully resolved hundreds of claims on behalf of her management clients.

Karen received her J.D., from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

Jon Light
With almost thirty years of experience, Jon offers employment counsel and training programs to companies of all sizes to reduce liability and protect against lawsuits. Jon has shared his expertise with clients through:

  • Periodic employment law updates and free roundtable discussions for small groups
  • Sex harassment avoidance training for managers and staff
  • Management strategies for hiring, layoffs, reviews, discipline and terminations
  • Strategies for protection of proprietary information and trade secrets

Jon enjoys a stellar and long-standing reputation as a skilled trial attorney. His employment case notes as sole or lead trial attorney include a variety of successful matters.

Jon is a 1981 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in history from UCLA in 1978, and is a 1986 graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Gannon Johnson
Gannon is an experienced litigator, handling a wide variety of business disputes, class action litigation, employment and labor law and intellectual property matters. She is skilled in the prevention and defense of wage and hour class actions, having litigated a vast array of wage and hour issues for employers of all sizes in both administrative and judicial forums. She has extensive experience in the protection and disclosure of electronic business data, and provides training programs and policies for businesses on the retention, protection and lawful destruction of business and employment records.

Gannon received her law degree from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in May 2007. At graduation, she was awarded the Mary Collier Hitchcock Writing Prize for Outstanding Writing and the Don Sommers Prize in Professional Responsibility. Additionally, she was a member of the Dean's List.