The Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
presents its monthly luncheon
March 12th, 2014
"Your Employee Handbook: A Guide to Legal Compliance or a Roadmap to Litigation?"
A high-quality and legally-compliant employee handbook is arguably the most critical document employers can implement to protect California workplaces. To provide the greatest source of information to employees along with the best protection for employers, employee handbooks should be updated annually to incorporate new legislation and recent case law. In this informative program, LightGabler LLP employment law attorneys Karen L. Gabler and Ryan M. Haws will review the most important updates to your employee policies for 2014. Key revisions discussed will include the following:
About Our Speakers
Karen L. Gabler is an employment law partner and co-founder of the LightGabler LLP law firm in Camarillo. She has counseled employers on virtually every aspect of employment law for over two decades, concentrating on proactive employment strategies her clients can implement to foster workplace productivity and prevent future legal problems.
Karen advises management clients on workplace disputes and employee issues. She performs internal audits of clients' employment practices to ensure strategic compliance with current laws, and guides client investigations of employee allegations regarding harassment, discrimination, and employee theft or other misconduct. When litigation is unavoidable, Karen aggressively defends her clients against employment law claims in the state and federal courts as well as administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. She is a skilled litigator and negotiator, having successfully resolved hundreds of claims on behalf of her business clients.
Karen is sought-after as a recurring speaker on a wide variety of employment law topics for industry groups and community associations. She is the founder of the HR Management Strategy Roundtable, hosting complimentary breakfast seminars twice a month for clients, business owners and managers on a myriad of employment law issues. She has authored numerous articles and has served as an employment law commentator for a variety of business and legal publications.
For the past three years, Karen has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, a premier rating awarded to less than five percent of the outstanding lawyers in California. She has been recognized as one of the "Who's Who in Professional Services" for the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties for the past eight years, has twice been nominated as one of the San Fernando Valley's "Most Trusted Advisors," and has been recognized as one of the Top Fifty Women in Business in the tri-county area. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching employment law and employment litigation.
Karen is also a long-standing active community member, participating in more than a dozen business and civic groups and serving as an officer or board member of numerous non-profit organizations. She has received the United Way's Milton M. Teague Award for volunteer service, and was recognized by 805 Living magazine with its "Giving Back" award.
Karen obtained her law degree from the University of Hawaii and practiced law in Honolulu for five years before moving to California in 1996. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband and their two children. Karen is an accomplished competitive equestrienne, winning numerous awards for hunter-jumper riding on her four horses.
Ryan Haws practices in the areas of employment law advice and counsel and employment litigation. With a background in social work and past legal experience with employment and family law matters, he focuses on proactive resolution of workplace disputes while aggressively defending his clients' interests, and provides guidance to employers on complying with legal standards while preserving business productivity and employee morale.
Ryan serves as a Board Member of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council and is on the Promenade Committee for the Strawberry Festival. He is also a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and the Ventura County Barristers. In his spare time, Ryan frequently participates in or referees local basketball, softball, and football leagues. He is an active member of his church community.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University in 2005 and his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah in 2006. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2009. Ryan is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Ryan is a Ventura County native, born in Moorpark and raised in Newbury Park, where he currently resides with his wife Rebekah and two daughters. Mr. Haws graduated from Newbury Park High School. When not working or spending time with his wife and daughters, he enjoys surfing, rock climbing, and playing almost any available sport.
This event is held at the Courtyard Marriott
11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
$25 for Lunch
Please indicate if you choose alternate dietary option on reservation form
If paying by company check please make sure your name is on the check
After March 7, 2014 requires $35.00 payment for seminar
EDD, an equal opportunity employer/program, is a partner in this event. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for services, aids, and/or alternative formats need to be made prior to the event by calling 805-382-8627 (voice). TTY users please call the California Relay Service at 711.
This presentation is provided for educational and informational purposes only; it does not constitute an endorsement of the curriculum or speakers by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) or by the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council (EAC). Aside from staff designated to represent EDD, we assume no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the materials provided during this event.
WESTERN VENTURA COUNTY EAC