2019 Breakout Sessions have now been released!

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.

If you are not fully confident you have a 100% correct plan in place for all of the changing laws this year, you are not prepared for 2020. Attend Employers Group’s Workplace & Employment Law Update and enjoy confidence in your practices!

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 (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: Preventing Class Actions: The Key Steps (Fisher & Phillips)
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: Managing the Top 4 "Problem" Employee Types (Call & Jensen)
11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: Conducting Workplace Investigations (LightGabler)
11:00 - 12:15 - - - Breakout Session: Using Behavioral Data for Employment & Team Decisions (EG)
11:00 - 12:15 - - - Breakout Session: Conducting Compliant Backgroud Investigations (UBS)
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 Innovating Human Resources: Get Ready for 2020 (Scott Hamilton)
4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00 Program Concludes

2019 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 attendwelu.com.

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.

Innovating HR- A New Approach For Employer, Employee & Stakeholder Success in  2020

Main Session

Scott Hamilton, CEO, ENP Institute & NextWORKS

Over 70% of history’s most transformative innovation came from employees, not entrepreneurs. Employees are the number one source of innovative growth ideas and the only remaining source of true competitive advantage. Arming them with the skills and tools necessary to innovate on a continual basis is of paramount importance to organizational survival. This highly interactive dynamic keynote session, lead by innovation expert Scott Hamilton, will pull all the elements of our WELU together to help you shape your strategy and plans for an “HR Refresh” as you look ahead to 2020. This session, with actual case reviews, will help you frame your HR and organization innovation efforts with your executive team, identify key strategic initiatives and build an executable HR- Business strategy for 2020 and beyond. Bring your challenges and ideas to this session as we’ll tap the collective IQ of all WELU attendees to help you build your own “next practices” in HR!