CalChamber’s HR Symposium  

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October 26 | Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Downtown Los Angeles


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This symposium is approved for 8.0 California credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

CalChamber is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This symposium is approved for 8.0 PDCs.

This symposium is also approved for 8.0 MCLE credit hours.

J.D. McGeorge School of Law

Eric currently oversees various programs for State Labor Commissioner Julie Su, including Public Works, Judgment Enforcement, Centralized Cashiering, Registration Services and Electrician Certification Units. In his spare time, Eric serves as Vice President for the Interstate Labor Standards Association, a national organization of state labor law officials.

Ann M. Noel 

Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting

Victor Andersen

Partner, Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond

Eric Rood

Assistant Labor Commissioner, California Labor Commissioner's Office


Employers rely on Jennifer to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues. She trains more than 10,000 people each year and has authored hundreds of articles on employment law, and has been quoted in numerous publications.

Jennifer Barrera works with the executive vice president in developing policy strategy and represents CalChamber on labor and employment, taxation and legal reform issues. She has led CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment and taxation since September 2010, and on legal reform since June 2012.

Erika Frank

Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel

J.D. summa cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law

Jennifer Barrera 

Senior Policy Advocate  

Ann specializes in legal advice and training on California and federal employment law compliance, especially sexual harassment prevention, disability and leave laws. She was the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission’s executive officer and its chief administrative law judge.

Lisa Buehler has more than 16 years of experience conducting investigations for California employers. She has performed hundreds of investigations for both public and private employers throughout the state on a wide range of matters. Lisa is certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and T9 Mastered to conduct Title IX investigations. 

Erika is CalChamber's subject matter expert on California and federal employment law. Erika oversees and contributes to CalChamber's labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline.

Lisa Buehler

Partner, Ellis Buehler Makus

Victor Andersen has been practicing California Worker’s Compensation law with Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond since 1989, and is a partner and Secretary-Treasurer of the firm. 

J.D., with high honors, California Western School of Law

Jennifer Shaw

Founder, Shaw Law Group

J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law

J.D. University of Santa Clara Law School, Dean’s List


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Welcome/Opening Remarks

Erika Frank, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, CalChamber

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

When to Remain Calm and Respond: Unique Issues in Workplace Investigations

Lisa Buehler, Partner, Ellis Buehler Makus

The holiday party is over but there is chatter about a few employees who enjoyed one too many glasses of wine before, during and after the party. The libations turned into allegations of improper conduct involving two employees and a supervisor. Do employers have an obligation to conduct an investigation for improper conduct that occurs after hours? Learn the who, what, when, and where of workplace investigations and how to handle workplace investigations that arise out of unique situations.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

How to Handle Agency Audits

Jennifer Shaw, Principal, Shaw Law Group

An agency audit can be a daunting experience for even the most experienced HR professionals. At the end of this practical and engaging session, you will know what to expect when an auditor shows up at your workplace and how to assert your rights. We’ll also share best practices during the audit and tips on how to prevent your workplace from being audited.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bad Facts Make Bad Law: Missteps That Lead to Lawsuits

Litigation Roundtable, HR Symposium Panel of Experts

California’s labor and employment laws, housed in various code sections, all provide an opportunity for costly civil litigation against an employer for any alleged mistake. While the labor and employment mandates may be a burden that an employer can withstand, the multiple threats of constant litigation create significant costs for California employers. Join the panel of experts as they discuss the most common employment lawsuits that California employers face and how bad workplace facts can create the perfect recipe for a costly lawsuit.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speakers

Eric Rood, Assistant Labor Commissioner, California Labor Commissioner's Office

Jennifer Barrera, Senior Policy Advocate (Labor and Employment, Legal, Taxation), CalChamber

Eric and Jennifer will address questions you may have about topics such as agency enforcement, legislative proposals and compliance with California’s employment laws. Once you register for the symposium you'll have the opportunity to submit your questions anonymously in advance. Every effort will be made to address as many questions as possible during their session.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Ouch! What to Do When an Injury Occurs

Victor M. Andersen, Partner, Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond

Workers’ Compensation insurance is a must-have for California employers. However, does every workplace injury trigger the filing of a workers' compensation claim? From paper cuts to slip and falls, learn about what obligations employers have when a workplace injury occurs, when post-accident drug testing is permissible and common pitfalls to avoid.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Five Common Missteps in Managing Leaves of Absence

Ann M. Noel, Esq., Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting

Managing leaves of absence can be a full-time job for many organizations. A complicated mix of federal, state and local employment laws can trip up any employer—even those with HR departments. Don’t get caught in a leaves of absence trap. A simple failure to designate or a denial of an unknown leave right can have costly consequences. Learn about the five common missteps organizations make when managing leaves of absences and how to avoid them.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

HR Networking/Cocktail Reception

This symposium offers guidance only and does not serve as or replace legal advice.

Symposium Agenda


Los Angeles offers a wide range of attractions. From outdoor activities like hiking and whale watching to local destinations, museums and venues. 

Concert Halls & Theatres

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall (0.6 miles)
  • The Center Theater Group (0.6 miles)
  • Music Center - Performance Arts Center (0.6 miles)
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (0.6 miles)
  • Staples Center (1.0 miles)
  • L.A. Live (1.0 miles)
  • Microsoft Theater (1.0 miles)
  • Shrine Auditorium (2 miles)
  • Kodak Theatre (7.3 miles)
  • Hollywood Bowl (7.3 miles)


Museums & Zoo

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (0.67 miles)
  • Natural History Museum (4.2 miles)
  • California Science Center (4.3 miles)
  • Los Angeles Zoo (6 miles)
  • The Getty Museum (15 miles)