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CalChamber HR Symposium  

Friday, November 2, 2018 | Hyatt Regency San Francisco 



San Francisco


Our Hotel

Relax in our Downtown San Francisco Hotel

Explore the vibrant Embarcadero district from our prominent waterfront hotel in San Francisco. Offering an expanded list of guest services from car rentals to babysitting referrals, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is designed to make your stay easy and seamless. Enjoy fresh seasonal cuisine and artisan cocktails in our newly remodeled restaurant and bar, Eclipse Kitchen & Bar. Stay in shape in the state-of-the-art fitness center. And take advantage of easy access to local attractions when you stay at our hotel near Golden Gate Park and Union Square.



Valet parking with in-and-out privileges | $70.68 per night, inclusive of tax.

Assisted self-parking without in-and-out privileges | $34.00 inclusive of tax per night (located at 3 Embarcadero Center).

High profile cars (SUV) up to 12 feet high can be valet parked. If the vehicle needs two spaces, guest will be charged for two cars.

Want to stay overnight on November 1? Receive a discounted rate at Hyatt Regency San Francisco while available rooms last.

 Purchase your seat online or call (800) 331-8877

Symposium Agenda

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Registration and HR Networking (Breakfast Buffet) 

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m

Welcome/Opening Remarks

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Trends in Hiring and Recruiting Practices

Roundtable Discussion, Panel of Employment Law Experts and HR Peers

Hiring and recruiting employees continues to evolve as laws change and HR embraces new trends. Are you ahead of the curve or just catching up? Hear from your peers and legal experts as they discuss a wide range of topics, including new laws, hiring strategies and how technology influences new trends.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Workers’ Comp for the Real World

Ohnmar Shin, Senior Partner, Mullen & Filippi

Employers can take the fall if they don’t handle workplace injuries correctly. In addition to contacting your workers’ compensation carrier, what should you do when a workplace injury takes place? Learn from real-life scenarios to prevent that one slipup from requiring you to pay up—whether it involves fines, a lawsuit or your ability to keep your business open. Let this informative session be your HR guide.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Labor and Employment Insights From the Capitol Insiders

Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber Senior Vice President, Policy; Laura Curtis, CalChamber Policy Advocate, Labor and Employment, Workers’ Compensation, Elections/Fair Political Practices

CalChamber’s policy team brings energy and experience to making sure California lawmakers and regulators consider the impact of proposals on business and the state’s economy. Here’s your front-row seat as our Capitol Insiders share a behind-the-scene look into their lobbying efforts in Sacramento. Find out about the major labor and employment bills fought, potential laws stopped, key laws signed by the Governor and insights into the new administration.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Kevin Kish, Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) leads the charge in regulating and enforcing the state laws to protect Californians from unlawful discrimination in employment. This is your rare opportunity to hear from the DFEH director regarding trends and enforcement priorities, upcoming regulations and updates on new legislation.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

How the #MeToo Movement Is Changing the Landscape of Internal Harassment Investigations

Lisa Buehler, Partner, Ellis Buehler Makus

The aftermath of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements shows a substantial increase in alleged harassment claims and, consequently, a rise in workplace investigations. But here’s the twist for HR: We’re seeing more of what were traditional employee relationship issues popping up as harassment claims. Discover how these new claims pose a greater challenge for HR and how this impacts your internal investigation process.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Navigating Reasonable Accommodation Requests: How to Know When It Is No Longer Reasonable

Jennifer Shaw, Principal, Shaw Law Group

Managing reasonable accommodation requests can be a daunting task. Must an employer accommodate all employee requests? Is there a process you must follow? When is it okay to terminate someone? Learn how to manage everything from accommodation requests for working from home to requests for a first-class seat on a plane. Pick up tips on handling extended leave beyond FMLA/CFRA, requests for continuation of benefits, finding workable solutions, as well as discerning between what’s reasonable and unreasonable.

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Preferred and Executive members receive their 20% member discount. 



Erika Frank

Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel

Erika Frank

CalChamber Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Jennifer Barrera 

CalChamber Senior Vice President, Policy

Jennifer Shaw

Founder, Shaw Law Group

After working at the Public Defender's office, Ohnmar Shin began her career practicing in the area of workers' compensation law when she was hired by Mullen & Filippi in 2001. She became a Senior Partner with Mullen & Filippi in 2012.

Ohnmar became a certified specialist in the area of workers' compensation in 2011. In representing clients through all aspects of the workers' compensation system, she has successfully argued in front of the California Court of Appeal, 3rd Appellate District.

Laura Curtis

CalChamber Policy Advocate

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

Kevin Kish is a noted civil rights attorney whose career has been dedicated to public service and advancing justice for disadvantaged communities. He was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in February 2015 and confirmed by the California Senate in January 2016. 

DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the nation and is the institutional centerpiece of California’s commitment to protecting its residents from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence and human trafficking.

Jennifer Shaw is a well-respected expert in employment law that employers rely on to provide practical advice and counsel on a broad range of issues. She is a trusted advisor to HR professionals and leadership teams in a wide variety of organizations and industries.

Jennifer trains more than 10,000 people each year and has authored hundreds of articles on employment law, and has been quoted in numerous publications.

Laura E. Curtis joined CalChamber in December 2017 as a policy advocate. She specializes in labor and employment, workers’ compensation and elections/fair political practices issues.

Before joining the CalChamber policy team, she was a labor and employment attorney for The Mitzel Group, LLP in San Francisco, counseling clients on subjects including wage and hour disputes, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims and administrative agency compliance.


Jennifer Barrera oversees the development and implementation of policy and strategy as senior vice president, policy and represents the California Chamber of Commerce on legal reform issues.

She led CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment and taxation from September 2010, through the end of 2017. As senior policy advocate in 2017, Barrera worked with the executive vice president in developing policy strategy. In addition, she advises the business compliance activities of CalChamber on interpreting changes in employment law.

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

J.D., McGeorge School of Law

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

Graduate, Yale Law School

Kevin Kish

Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

Lisa Buehler has more than 17 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 sensitive issues, including sexual assault and harassment, misuse of corporate funds, and complaints protected by whistleblower protection laws. 

Lisa is certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and T9 Mastered to conduct Title IX investigations. 

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

Lisa Buehler

Partner, Ellis Buehler Makus

Ohnmar Shin

Senior Partner, Mullen & Filippi

CalChamber named Erika Frank executive vice president of legal affairs in 2017 after serving as vice president since 2009. Before assuming general counsel responsibilities in late 2005, she lobbied the legislative and executive branches on taxation, civil litigation and lawsuit abuse issues.

Erika leads CalChamber’s Legal Affairs Department, which participates in court cases having a broad impact on California’s economy and business climate. She  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.

Graduate, Southwestern University School of Law

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 California recertification credits toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR, APHR and PHR/CA 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 PDCs.

This symposium is also approved for 8 MCLE credits.


Things to Do in San Francisco: Explore Our City 

Located on the Embarcadero waterfront, Hyatt Regency San Francisco offers easy access to many exciting San Francisco attractions. Enjoy shopping at Union Square and Embarcadero Center. Explore the museums and attractions in Golden Gate Park. And don't forget to check out the city’s top landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz. 


Sculpture Tour of Embarcadero Center 415-772-0700

The Exploratorium  415-528-4444

San Francisco Railway Museum  415-974-1948

California Academy of Sciences  415-379-8000

de Young Memorial Museum  415-750-3600

California Palace of the Legion of Honor  415-750-3600

Haas-Lilienthal House 415-441-3000

San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center 

San Francisco Symphony and Opera House 415-864-6000

San Francisco Ballet 415-865-2000

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco  415-581-3500

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 415-357-4000

Wells Fargo History Museum 415-396-2619

Cable Car Museum 415-474-1887

Arts and Culture

Family Attractions

Food and Drink

Embarcadero Center Cinema 415-352-0835

Ferry Building 415-983-8030

Golden Gate Bridge 415-921-5858

Fisherman’s Wharf 415-673-3530

San Francisco Zoo 415-753-7080

Alcatraz Island 415-561-4900

San Francisco Cable Cars

Coit Tower 415-249-0995

Pier 39 415-705-5500

Aquarium of the Bay 415-623-5300

Ripley’s Believe It or Not 415-202-9850

Mission Dolores 415-621-8203

Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square  415-781-2688

Embarcadero Center Dining 415-772-0700

Ferry Building Marketplace  415-983-8030

PIER 39 415-705-5500

Ghirardelli Square 415-755-5500

Napa Wine Country

The Bay Lights  

 Purchase your seat online or call (800) 331-8877



 Purchase your seat online or call (800) 331-8877

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