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CalChamber HR Symposium 2019

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Networking Breakfast + Expanded Sessions + Keynote

Stewart Knox, Undersecretary of the California Labor and

Workforce Development Agency

Special Keynote

Undersecretary of the

California Labor Workforce Development Agency

Stewart Knox


Huntington Beach Hotel


Unwind on the Oceanfront at our Huntington Beach Hotel

Relax amid Pacific Ocean views and Spanish-inspired architecture while enjoying full-service resort amenities including cabanas and beach activities. Our prime oceanfront location is walking distance to shopping and dining at Pacific City and just 30 minutes to Disneyland® in Anaheim.


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Symposium Agenda

7:45 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, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CalChamber

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Emerging Workplace Issues in the Wake of #MeToo

Jennifer Shaw, Founder, Shaw Law Group

The year 2018 was marked by highly publicized sexual harassment scandals that ignited the #MeToo movement. On the one hand, #MeToo heightened awareness about harassment and influenced positive changes in the workplace. On the other, it has created confusion and fear among employees about what is and is not appropriate conduct. Learn about the workplace issues emerging out of the #MeToo movement and how you can prevent them from happening.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Who, What and Wear of Dress Codes in the Workplace

Lisa V. Ryan, Partner, Cook Brown LLP

Erika Frank, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CalChamber

Business attire has evolved over time. It extends beyond ties and high heels these days to include more relaxed looks. Visible tattoos and piercings, and hair colors that run the rainbow are now acceptable forms of self-expression. While appearances do matter, employers must be mindful of trends and legal protections that impact dress code policies in the workplace. Our experts will address the trends, court decisions and new laws impacting workplace dress and appearance.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Stewart Knox - Undersecretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Drugs in the Workplace—It's Not Just About Marijuana Anymore

Patricia A. Matias, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

"Mellow out" is not what employers want to hear following California's legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Employers grapple with real concerns over pre-employment testing and how to handle employees who appear impaired. What about the impact on job safety and performance from misuse of opioids and prescription medications? Leave with helpful steps to maintain a drug-free workplace without encroaching on the rights of employees.

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Effective Hiring Strategies in a Competitive Market

Scott Dicke, Director of Permanent Services - VP, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

Vinny Catalano, MBA, Area Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, Gallagher

With a booming economy and unemployment at a record low, it's a job seekers' market. That's well and good unless you've been ghosted. It's a mystifying trend where engaged job candidates disappear during the hiring process without a word, not showing up for interviews or even their first day of work. Hear from our hiring and benefits experts as they share strategies for attracting top candidates in a very competitive market.

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Thank You/Closing Remarks

Erika Frank, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CalChamber

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Preferred and Executive members receive their 20% member discount. 

This November's symposium will focus on relevant workplace challenges.


Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Stewart Knox in July of 2019 to the agency that oversees employment and benefit programs for workers and businesses, enforces labor laws, and provides leadership to protect and improve the well-being of California's current and future workforce. 

Knox has dedicated his career to workforce development. He previously served as executive director of the state's 

Employment Training Panel, which reimburses employers for the costs of training existing workers, funds training to help unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce, and helps ensure businesses have skilled workers to remain competitive.

Knox was also previously the Director of Health and Human Services for Nevada County, Director of Economic and Workforce Development for San Mateo County, Director of the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium, Executive Director of the North Central Counties Consortium, and Director of Workforce for the City of Glendale and for Yuba Community College.

Bachelor's Degree in Social Science, California State University, Chico

Stewart Knox

Undersecretary of the California

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Erika Frank

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel

J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

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. Through their active involvement on the front lines of California's legal and labor law compliance scene, Erika and her team are first to know when and how changes in law affect employers. She also 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.

Jennifer Shaw is founder of Shaw Law Group. As a well-respected expert in employment law for more than 25 years, employers rely on her 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 also offers considerable expertise in conducting neutral investigations for employers, and is often called in to assist with challenging and high-profile matters. She regularly authors hundreds of articles on employment law, and is often quoted in publications.

J.D., summa cum laudeUniversity of San Francisco School of Law

Jennifer Shaw

Founder, Shaw Law Group

Vinny Catalano

Area Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, Gallagher

As Area Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits for Gallagher, Vinny Catalano consults with clients to develop sustainable total rewards strategies that incorporate facets of well-being including: health/wellness, emotional, career, and financial. His passion is helping clients develop impactful communication strategies that help employers partner with their employees to improve plan performance and utilization.

Vinny has an MBA from UC Davis and a BA (Chemistry) from Skidmore College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (Gold Country Region) and trains United Way volunteers and other fundraising professionals in sales skill development.

As Director of Permanent Services for the Finance & Accounting team of Robert Half in San Francisco, Scott Dicke manages a team of 11 recruiters. He also works with over 60 Bay Area recruiters which allows for a huge reach across many different types of companies and candidates. 

Scott assists a variety of companies, in both size and industry, with permanent hiring in positions related to finance/accounting. This includes non-profit, retail, high tech, manufacturing, professional services, CPA firms—any industry that needs strong accounting/finance talent and needs it fast.

Scott Dicke

Director of Permanent Services - VP, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

Patricia A. Matias

Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law

Patty Matias represents employers in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour, class and representative actions, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, government agency investigations, disability, leaves of absence, and employment policies.

She also works with clients to improve compliance and provide preventative advice. Patty assists with matters such as auditing wage and hour policies and practices; updating and developing employee handbooks, personnel policies and procedures, and employment and severance agreements; conducting internal investigations of employee complaints, and advising human resources in addressing employee issues.

Lisa Ryan's prior work as a policy consultant on labor and employment issues for the California State Legislature gives her a unique insight into the law that she brings to her clients. She is a thoroughly knowledgeable and active counselor in workplace policies, and a strong and effective advocate when claims do arise.

Lisa is known for her work in the litigation of wage and hour class action, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, public works/prevailing wage, and labor law issues. She also advises private businesses and public sector clients on a variety of personnel matters, including discrimination and accommodation issues, drug testing, state and federal family leave, workers' compensation discrimination, and OSHA compliance.

J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Lisa V. Ryan

Partner, Cook Brown LLP

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's (HRCI) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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.


Would like to give special thanks to our sponsors of the 2019 HR Symposium.



Gold Sponsor

AAA Southern California

Silver Sponsor

Fresenius Medical Care North America

Gallagher Benefit Services



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