Stay Tuned – 2019 Breakout Sessions will be released soon!

There is an old adage: No Risk; No Reward. How do you make the best HR decisions when most HR decisions are risk averse (especially if that adage makes you cringe)?

Are you doomed to go unrewarded and unrecognized? Not be rewarded as an HR department, HR team or HR professional? This year, WELU focuses on how to become fearless about the decisions you make and how to be assured the decisions you make are the best for YOU, your TEAM, and your ORGANIZATION.

Once you learn how to handle the risks in a compliant and uncomplicated manner, you will be able to focus your attention on the endless rewards. Reposition your role to that of an HR Anticipator by attending this year’s WELU.

Why Attend WELU? Do you feel 100% confident in answering these 10 questions?

  1. What adjustments have you made regarding 1099s in light of the Dynamex decision?
  2. How have you prepared to objectively investigate a harassment claim?
  3. Did you include the correct local leave law notification in your leave policy?
  4. What steps are you taking to mitigate supervisory legal liability?
  5. How are you calculating pay, bonuses, missed breaks, missed meals and overtime?
  6. How are you handling de minimis “off the clock” work?
  7. What’s your plan to train each of your employees on harassment prevention?
  8. What tips do you provide to supervisors about retaining talent?
  9. What expectations have been set for the most critical jobs in your organization?
  10. How will incorporate these 16 new or changed laws into policies and procedures: AB2338, AB3082, SB2282, AB1976, SB1123, AB2334, AB2610, AB1654, SB970, AB3109, SB224, SB820, SB826, SB1252, SB1300, SB1412.

If you are not fully confident you have a 100% correct plan in place for all of the above items, you are not prepared for 2019. Attend Employers Group’s Workplace & Employment Law Update.

Anaheim Burbank San Diego Ontario TITLE
Nov 8 Nov 12 Nov 15 Nov 18
7:45 - 4:00 7:45 - 4:00 7:45 - 4:00 7:45 – 4:00 Registration Desk & Exhibits Open
7:45 - 8:30 7:45 - 8:30 7:45 - 8:30 7:45 - 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 8:30 - 9:30 8:30 - 9:30 8:30 - 9:30 Building a Courageous Team and Culture (Mark Wilbur & Ryan Berman)
9:30 - 10:45 9:30 - 10:45 9:30 - 10:45 9:30 - 10:45 Complying with New Laws and HR Practices (Jonathan Fraser Light)
10:45 - 11:00 10:45 - 11:00 10:45 - 11:00 10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: TBA
12:15 - 1:30 12:15 - 1:30 12:15 - 1:30 12:15 - 1:30 Luncheon
1:30 - 3:00 1:30 - 3:00 1:30 - 3:00 1:30 - 3:00 Complying with Court Developments and Rulings (Richard Simmons)
3:00 - 3:15 3:00 - 3:15 3:00 - 3:15 3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:00 3:15 - 4:00 3:15 - 4:00 3:15 - 4:00 Earning Your Talent Optimization Certification (Jeffrey Hull)
4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 Program Concludes

2018 Workplace & Employment Law Update Session Descriptions

Building a Courageous Team and Culture

Mark Wilbur, President & CEO, Employers Group
Ryan Berman, President, Courage Brands

Courage (noun): the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Ryan Berman has devoted the last three years interviewing many of the most courageous people on the planet, including astronauts, Navy SEALs, tornado chasers, and business leaders from Apple, Amazon, Dominos, Google, and Method. Through this experience, he learned that companies that win share courageousness as a trait. As for the rest? 52% of the Fortune 500 since 2000 are extinct. Half the S&P 500 are predicted to be replaced over the next decade and 9000 brands will revolve on and off the Fortune 500 over the next six decades. Yet, there’s a lack of urgency across most organizations to address these callous realities. In this keynote, Berman shares his learnings on how any being or brand can push through internal paralysis, stand out from the crowd, and earn a serious return on courage.

After this discussion you’ll be able to:
• Learn to take more calculated courageous risks in your organization including story telling/innovation
• Build a culture of empowered, courageous behavior and experimentation.
• Utilize a modern day, step-by-step framework to becoming a Courage Brand
• Overcome the clarity epidemic we currently find ourselves in.
• Begin to identify, address and overcome your largest corporate business fears 
• Drive meaningful change! Deliver a ‘Return On Courage’


Complying with New Laws and HR Practices

Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler & Adam KohSweeney, O’Melveny & Myers

Each year California lawmakers add or change volumes of employment laws.  This year will be no different.  Employers Group has been tracking over XX proposed laws.  Fear not:  This general session is a must attend.  We will provide the summary and analysis so you know just what to do to prepare yourself and your organization for 2018.

Unlike other updates, Employers Group has unique perspective on compliance.  Our helpline consultants answer thousands of questions a year.  As a result, we are adding another layer into this session:  Trending compliance risks.  And one of those risks that will be covered is the use of Smart Phones within the workplace.  Plus, many more compliance risks will be reviewed.


Breakout Sessions

Various Presenters

Various presenters on the most up-to-date topics. Stay tuned for what’s trending in HR by revisiting

Labor and Employment Law Developments


Richard Simmons, Sheppard Mullin

In this keynote session, Richard Simmons highlights the cases and legal decisions that are shaping employment practices in both California and throughout the United States.  He also provides perspective on cases to watch for and how they may impact your practices.  Also available during the session are discounts on Richard Simmons’ resource materials specifically developed for the California HR professional.  Of note are his SIX 2018 publications, including (1) Wage and Hour Manual for California Employers; (2) Wrongful Discharge, (3) Sexual Harassment Training Manual; (4) Leaves of Absence and Time Off from Work Manual, (5) California’s Sick Pay Obligations, and (6) Book for Human Resources Forms.  Be sure to purchase your books at WELU and update your HR library.

Earning Your Talent Optimization Certification

Main Session

Jeffrey Hull, Director of Talent Development, Employers Group

Talent optimization is how people fit into a broader business strategy and elevating the output and productivity of people to achieve amazing results. This certification demonstrates that you have a deep understanding of the talent optimization discipline and how it can be used to (1) measure, analyze, and use data to identify people gaps and drive business strategy, (2) create and continuously grow a people strategy, (3) utilize people data to hire high-performing talent and build world-class teams, (4) apply best practices to improve how people work together. With a talent optimization certification in hand, you’ll show the world that you understand the key concepts of the discipline.

By attending this closing WELU session, attendees will be able to automatically earn their talent optimization certification no-cost!