Annual Labor and Employment Conference 2021

Annual Labor and Employment  Conference 2021
The Labor & Employment Law Section presents

Annual Labor and Employment Conference - 2021

Date February 25 - 26, 2021
MCLE 5 Hours

The year 2020 has been a trying and dynamic one for us all, for a number of reasons. Our Section members have seen the impact of a pandemic in their practice areas from all angles; a social movement that has called for reform of certain organized employment sectors, and/or; the eve of a new administration that will no doubt bring its own set of ramifications to our respective areas of expertise. Our committee has worked diligently to organize a conference that touches on all of these issues and more, and to do it virtually, for this one year.

We look forward to seeing you all at Yosemite in 2022. In the meantime, we will strive to maintain our tradition of presenting timely topics that are of utmost interest to our Section members. See you February 25 & 26, 2021, at our Annual (Yosemite) Conference!

Carmen Leon, BASF's Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section

February 25 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks by

David Lowe
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP


Panel:  Fair Pay and EEO Priorities in Washington and Sacramento
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
MCLE: 1 Hour

The panel will explore pay equity and EEO issues in light of the economic and racial justice challenges of the past year, including developments we might expect to see out of Washington and Sacramento.  


Jocelyn Frye
Senior Fellow,
Center for American Progress  
Jocelyn Samuels
Vice Chair, 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Janette Wipper
Chief Counsel,
California Department of
Fair Employment and Housing 


 Peter Rukin
Rukin, Hyland & Riggin


February 26
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel:  The NLRB's Partisan Pendulum:  What's Next, and What Reforms are Needed
TIME:  9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 
MCLE: 1 Hour

The past four years have seen numerous impactful changes to labor law through National Labor Relations Board case law and rule-making. Despite a history of such patterns since the National Labor Relations Act’s inception in 1935, are the past four years par for the course in labor law or something more? More importantly, do such swings allow for the flexibility and reliability needed in a changing labor landscape or is it time for labor reform to better account for that changing landscape and rein in political influence?


Marshall Babson
Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Former Member of the
National Labor Relations Board
William B. Gould IV
Charles A Beardsley
Professor of Law, Emeritus
Stanford Law School
Former Chair of the
National Labor Relations Board
Wilma Liebman
Former Member (1997-2009)
and Former Chair (2009-2011)
of the National Labor Relations Board 


Eileen Goldsmith
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP


Panel:  State of California's Gig Economy
TIME:  10:30 - 11:45 a.m. 
MCLE: 1 Hour

The panel will focus on the state of California's law on independent contractor and employee classification issues in light of the many changes that took place in 2020. The panel will explore the current application of AB 5 and Dynamex, the implications of Proposition 22, if and when the Borello test still applies, and what might be on the horizon in the world of employee classification.


  • A review of the current application AB 5/ Dynamex
  • The implications of Proposition 22
  • A review of if and when the Borello test still applies
  • An analysis of what might on the horizon for employee classification


 Alexis McKenna
Counsel, Office of the Director – Legal Unit
Department of Industrial Relations
 Kevin D. Reese
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Lauren Iris Mattes
Outten Golden

NETWORKING and LUNCH BREAK:  Virtual Platform 
TIME:  11 :45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Panel: Police Reform: Can Unions and Management Play a Constructive Role?
TIME: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 
MCLE: 1 Hour

In public-safety reforms sweeping states and municipalities nationwide, legislation intended to curb police misconduct, increase transparency, and limit use of force has often circumvented the collective-bargaining process.  Can labor negotiations be leveraged to illuminate and implement more effective and lasting reforms?  Or are union and/or management norms and culture part of the problem?


 Oliver L. Baines III
Fresno Commission on Police Reform 
Catherine Fisk
Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law
Berkeley Law School
 Rockne A. Lucia Jr.
Founding Principal
Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC
 Jonathan Holtzman
Founding Partner
Renne Public Law Group, San Francisco, LLP


Yuval Miller
Law Offices of Yuval Miller

Panel: Covid Litigation Trends, and Legislative and Regulatory Developments

TIME:  2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
MCLE: 1 Hour

The panel will discuss developing national employment litigation trends with Covid, as well as the requirements and operational challenges of California legislative and regulatory measures being proposed or implemented in response to the pandemic.   


 Rachel Conn
Nixon Peabody, San Francisco
 Natalie Stevens
Ogletree Deakins, Cleveland
 Jora Trang
Chief of Staff and Equity
Worksafe, Oakland

NETWORKING:  Virtual Platform 
VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN:  3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

(as of 2/9/21)




Daniel N. Furhman, CFP®
Vice President, Wealth Advisor
William Blair

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Executive Committee

Carmen Leon, NLRB
Ted Borromeo
Mark Schickman, Schickman Law
Peter Rukin, Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP
Yuval Miller, Arbitrator/Mediator
Jon Holtzman, Public Law Group
Danielle Ochs, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P. C.
Koray Bulut, Goodwin
David Lowe, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
BJ Chisholm, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Ilona Turner, Turner ADR

Event Code: G210301

Event Code

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 $20  Section Member
 $40  BASF Member
 $50  Nonmember
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2/25/2021 4:00 PM - 2/26/2021 5:00 PM
Online only San Francisco, CA
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