CalChamber HR Symposium Attracts 200+ Professionals to Learn About Top Workplace Issues

Hot compliance topics were the focus of attention when more than 200 human resources professionals attended the annual California Chamber of Commerce HR Symposium in Huntington Beach on November 8.

The day-long event featured top experts and key insiders covering topics ranging from hiring in a competitive market to emerging workplace issues and investigations related to the #MeToo movement.

Photos by Matt Lara

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank opens the day-long CalChamber HR Symposium on November 8 in Huntington Beach.
Jennifer Shaw, founder of the Shaw Law Group, presents the first session on workplace issues emerging from the #MeToo movement.
Stewart Knox, undersecretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, discusses programs at the agency.
CalChamber Executive Vice President Jennifer Barrera gives a legislative recap.
Lisa V. Ryan, partner at Cook Brown LLP, discusses workplace attire trends.
Patricia A. Matias, shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, talks about the impact of drugs in the workplace.
Examining effective hiring strategies in a competitive market is Vinny Catalano, area senior vice president of employee benefits with Gallagher
Also examining effective hiring strategies in a competitive market is Scott Dicke, director of permanent services—VP, Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

Morning Sessions

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank kicked off the symposium with opening remarks, and Jennifer Shaw, founder of the Shaw Law Group, ran the first session of the day, “Emerging Workplace Issues in the Wake of #MeToo.”

The session covered workplace issues emerging out of the #MeToo movement and reviewed the steps employers can take to prevent those issues from happening.

The following session examined workplace attire. In “Who, What and Wear of Dress Codes in the Workplace,” Frank and Lisa V. Ryan, partner at Cook Brown LLP, discussed trends, court decisions and new laws affecting workplace dress and appearance.

CalChamber Executive Vice President Jennifer Barrera kicked off lunch with a legislative recap followed by Undersecretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Stewart Knox, who took the stage to discuss programs and initiatives at the agency.

Afternoon Sessions

After lunch, Patricia A. Matias, shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, led a session on “Drugs in the Workplace—It’s Not Just About Marijuana Anymore.”

In the session, Matias discussed the impact on job safety and performance from misuse of opioids and prescription medications. Attendees also learned helpful steps to maintain a drug-free workplace without encroaching on the rights of employees.

The last session of the symposium was “Effective Hiring Strategies in a Competitive Market.” Scott Dicke, director of permanent services—VP, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, and Vinny Catalano, area senior vice president of employee benefits with Gallagher, talked about the current job seekers’ market and the mystifying trend of “ghosting.”

They also shared strategies with attendees for attracting top candidates in a competitive market.

Staff Contact: Erika Frank