Pay Equity Legal Update
May 30, 2019
Registration & Networking: 7:30 a.m.
Meeting: 7:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Legal compliance with new pay equity laws is a growing area of concern in California due to the passage of the California Fair Pay Act and subsequent amendments. This law requires employers to go far beyond what is required under the Federal Title VII and Equal Pay Act laws. Pay equity is also a growing area of legal development in other states and even local area ordinances have been passed. Our presentation on pay equity issues last year was one of the best attended sessions. This year’s program picks up where last year’s program left off. Our panel of three outstanding employment law attorneys will cover the following areas:
- New pay equity laws and recent amendments
- Review new pay equity litigation
- Provide practical advice on implications for compensation and HR management including policy development, best practices in auditing, and best practices in taking corrective action
- Answer your questions about pay equity
We have added 30 minutes to our normal program time to allow for better coverage of this critical area of legal compliance. We recommend that those OCCABA members who did not attend last year’s pay equity presentation in January 2018 review the slides in our member’s only section of the OCCABA web site. You must be a member and log in to the web site to download this file.
Presenting at this meeting will be:
Jeff Ames - Partner with Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton
Jeff Ames represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including the defense of employment class actions involving wage and hour claims, disparate impact discrimination, and WARN Act claims. In addition to litigation, he regularly advises employers on daily employment-related issues including wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, and reductions in force, among others. Jeff’s clients include telecommunications and technology companies, health care systems, and local and national retailers.
Jeff has extensive trial experience before judges, juries, and arbitrators. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, he served as a United States Navy Judge Advocate, where he successfully tried numerous cases before juries and judges. He served as the Navy’s Senior Defense Counsel for Europe and Southwest Asia in Naples, Italy, and then as Special Counsel to the United Nations War Crimes Unit in Pristina, Kosovo. Jeff later prosecuted federal crimes as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, and was the Evidence Instructor at the Naval Justice School in San Diego. Since completing his military service, Jeff's practice has been dedicated to defending employers in litigation matters, and counseling employers on all aspects of their daily employment practices.
Ron Brand - Partner with The Brand Law Firm
Ron S. Brand, a Shareholder at The Brand Law Firm (www.thebrandlawfirm.net), provides legal guidance and representation to employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defense against Federal and State-based wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, defamation, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and other similar claims brought by current and former employees. He represents employers in both Federal and State courts, and before administrative agencies, including the California Employment Development Department, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Brand also represents property owners, landlords, and property management companies against Federal and State-based housing discrimination claims. He provides preventive counseling and advice to employers on a wide variety of human resource and personnel issues, including hiring, retaining and terminating employees, pre-employment background screening (such as compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act), employee compensation and benefits, employee discipline and training, leaves of absence, harassment and workplace violence investigations, and the development of policies and procedures designed to avoid employment claims and litigation. In addition, Mr. Brand negotiates, drafts, and provides advice to both employers and high-level executives regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements.
Hanna B. Raanan - Of Counsel with Ogletree Deakins
Ms. Raanan represents clients in complex wage and hour litigation, involving claims for employee misclassification, rounding violations, regular rate of pay issues, meal/rest period compliance, expense reimbursement, off-the-clock issues, as well as derivative claims under California’s Unfair Competition law and Private Attorneys General Act. During her career, Ms. Raanan has represented a range of businesses, from small family-owned businesses and start-ups to large financial institutions. Ms. Raanan is actively involved in the local legal community as an executive committee member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment section. Ms. Raanan earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School as a member of its two-year accelerated SCALE program. While in law school, she was a recipient of an Oralist Award at the Moot Court Competition in Los Angeles. Ms. Raanan also earned her Masters of Public Policy in Economics and International Relations from Pepperdine University and worked overseas for the U.S. Department of State in Moscow, Russia.
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