Inaugural CalChamber HR Symposium Set for Full Day in Los Angeles on October 26

More Than 200 Professionals Attend CalChamber
Symposium; Learn About Top Workplace Issues

November 12, 2019

The California Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its first HR Symposium on October 26 in Los Angeles.

The one-day event will include five one-hour human resources sessions and a litigation roundtable followed by a networking/cocktail reception.

The line-up of top experts and key insiders will include California’s assistant labor commissioner, Eric Rood, and CalChamber’s senior policy advocate on labor and employment, Jennifer Barrera, as luncheon keynote speakers.


The topic-packed agenda offers plenty of opportunities for attendees to get engaged and delve into hot compliance issues. Sessions will include:

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

• How to Handle Agency Audits;

• Bad Facts Make Bad Law: Missteps that Lead to Lawsuits;

• Ouch! What to Do When an Injury Occurs;

• Five Common Missteps in Managing Leaves of Absence.

Luncheon Keynotes

• Rood is assistant labor commissioner for the state Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Programs he oversees for State Labor Commissioner Julie Su include public works, judgment enforcement, centralized cashiering, registration services and electrician certification units. Degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, California State University, Chico.

• Barrera works with the CalChamber executive vice president in developing policy strategy. In addition to leading CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment, taxation and legal reform issues, Barrera advises CalChamber business compliance activities on interpreting changes in employment law. J.D. with high honors, California Western School of Law.

Other Presenters

• Erika Frank, CalChamber executive vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. As CalChamber’s subject matter expert on state and federal employment law, she oversees and contributes to CalChamber labor law and HR compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

• Lisa Buehler, partner, Ellis Buehler Makus. Over more than 16 years conducting investigations for California employers, she has led investigations on a wide range of sensitive issues, including sexual assault and harassment, misuse of corporate funds, and complaints protected by whistleblower protection laws. J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law.

• Jennifer Shaw, principal, Shaw Law Group. For more than 20 years, Shaw has provided practical advice and counsel on a broad range of employment law issues, including wage-hour compliance, reasonable accommodation/leave of absence issues, and hiring/separation processes. J.D. summa cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law.

• Victor M. Andersen, partner, Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond. Since 1989, Andersen has been practicing California workers’ compensation law, using his construction background to focus on complicated workers’ compensation cases involving all manner of construction injuries and serious and willful claims. B.S. in finance, San Jose State University; J.D., member of Dean’s List, University of Santa Clara Law School.

• Ann M. Noel, Esq., founder of Noel Workplace Consulting. Noel specializes in legal advice and training on California and federal employment law compliance, especially sexual harassment prevention, disability and leave laws. Through the end of 2012, she was executive officer of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, crafting state regulations on mandatory AB 1825 sexual harassment training, disability and pregnancy discrimination. She also was the commission’s chief administrative law judge. She has written extensively about employment and housing discrimination law, including for the CalChamber California Employer Update.


For more information call (800) 331-8877.

CalChamber Preferred and Executive members receive their 20% member discount. This symposium is approved for 8.0 HRCI recertification, SHRM professional development and MCLE credit hours.

The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest, broad-based business advocate to government in California, working at the state and federal levels to influence government actions affecting all California business. As a not-for-profit, we leverage our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations to provide affordable and easy-to-use compliance products and services.