Legal Affairs Staff
The Legal Affairs Department, through the team’s active involvement on the front lines of California’s legal and labor law compliance scene, is the first to know when and how changes in law affect employers. The California Chamber of Commerce expanded the Legal Affairs Department in 2011 to strengthen its ability to represent the business perspective in court battles.
Bianca N. Saad – General Counsel, Labor and Employment
Bianca N. Saad, a member of the CalChamber legal affairs team since April 2018, was named general counsel, labor and employment in October 2023. Since mid-November 2021, she has been developing and leading the content and training strategy for existing and emerging products and training, as well as overseeing CalChamber associate general counsel and subject matter experts.
She serves as a co-presenter for CalChamber compliance seminars and webinars.
Matthew J. Roberts – Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment
Matthew J. Roberts, a member of the CalChamber legal affairs team since July 2019, was named associate general counsel, labor and employment in October 2023.
He explains California and federal labor and employment laws to CalChamber members and customers, and has served as manager of the Labor Law Helpline since October 2021.
James W. Ward – Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor
James W. Ward joined the CalChamber in June 2019 as an employment law subject matter expert/legal writer and editor.
In that position, he enhances the ongoing efforts of the CalChamber legal affairs team to explain for nonlawyers how statutes, regulations and court cases affect California businesses and employers.