“Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?” -- Balancing Legal Compliance with Work-Life Balance Options

Group: Santa Barbara HR Executive Forum

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA

Presenter: Karen L. Gabler

Program Information

In today’s world of rapidly-advancing technology, employers are increasingly faced with the question of how to foster work-life balance for employees, while at the same time enhancing productivity in a tough economy and ensuring compliance with California’s burdensome employment laws. In this informational program, employment attorney Karen L. Gabler will discuss the legal issues presented in the consideration of work-life balance.

Topics covered will include:

  • Telecommuting options and policies
  • Flexible schedules (or, “are my employees really working?”)
  • Paid time off benefits and the new “unlimited vacation” policies
  • Control factors (transparency and communications)
  • EAPs and other workplace benefits
  • The impact of flex time on wage and hour compliance
  • Technology vs. employee availability
  • “Workplace families” vs. employee privacy
  • Unplugging your employees

Speaker Bio

Karen L. Gabler is an employment attorney in the law firm of LightGabler in Camarillo. She has represented business owners and management in all aspects of employment law advice and litigation for over twenty years. Karen provides proactive strategies her clients can implement to foster workplace productivity and avoid employee disputes. When litigation is unavoidable, she aggressively defends her clients in all administrative and judicial forums. Karen has been named as a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” a ranking of the top 5% of attorneys in over 70 practice groups in California. She has been named by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of the Who’s Who in Professional Services and the Top 50 Women in Business for the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura. She taught employment law at Pepperdine University School of Law, and has served as an officer or director of a variety of civic and community organizations.