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Critical California Employment Law Boot Camp for CPAs


Cost Free
Presentation Length 2.0 hours

Recorded DateDecember 15, 2020
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaBusiness Law
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

As a CPA, California clients rely on you to warn them about labor law issues that affect their finances and payroll practices. The best CPAs can spot legal issues and potential noncompliance because they know what current CA laws require and know when a labor lawyer should be consulted.

This Boot Camp will give webinar attendees a jump start to be the best at protecting clients by demonstrating the ability to spot potential legal problems and get the client the help they need to avoid expensive litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how to navigate the maze of California statutes, reported cases, wage orders, and state agency regulations that could trap your business client and lead to the owner’s personal liability

  • List the most current wage and hour requirements for a variety of tricky timekeeping and pay issues, including new paystub requirements, pay reporting, on-call or standby time, piece rates, an alternative work schedule, de minimus time, and other mandatory compensation

  • Recognize how brand-new laws affect California independent contractors vs. employees, so you don’t advise your clients with incomplete opinions or “the way it’s always been done”

  • Name hot topics such as discrimination and harassment claims, contract provisions, paid and unpaid leaves, layoffs and other terminations, and COVID reporting laws in effect until 2023

  • Define how new privacy laws affect information your clients can and must submit or retain in confidential records

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Karen Sloat has a career spanning over 30 years in many practice areas and three states – California, Colorado, and Hawaii. Her reputation as a specialist in employment law for many years has given her the expertise to handle claims of complex wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, employment contracts, trade secret violations, fraud, and all other employment-related issues. As a zealous litigator and trial lawyer, Ms. Sloat has a vast knowledge of professions, occupations, and business issues that enhances her valuable legal advice to all of our clients – whether employees, employers, or nonprofits.

After graduating from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, in addition to her labor and nonprofit law expertise, Ms. Sloat served clients in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, construction, municipal, estate planning, personal injury, adoptions and conservatorships, multi-million dollar financial and real estate transactions, water and environmental law, fraud, land use, criminal and general contracts/business law. Her broad scope of experience has led to successful jury verdicts, valuable judgments in bench trials, and beneficial outcomes to all of her clients when transactions, mediations, arbitrations, or other matters conclude.

Ms. Sloat is a certified mediator retained by individuals and businesses to resolve disputes on various legal issues. She also serves as a volunteer mediator in the Riverside County Superior Courts and lectures on labor law and non-profit law issues across Southern California.

About Our Presenter

At the Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, our attorneys represent businesses and employees throughout the Coachella Valley and Riverside County, California. We focus on all employment law related issues and are well-versed in the many California-specific employment laws and regulations. Relationships between employers and employees can be complicated. A lot is riding on the relationship for both parties, and disputes can quickly become emotional, stressful, and expensive.

Taking proactive steps to ensure that employers and employees are clear about the company’s expectations can help avoid future disputes. We can help by providing workplace manuals and training, counseling employers and employees, and advising human resources personnel. Establishing policies for the workplace can help create an environment with fewer risks of conflict. Our attorneys can also assist businesses reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices and other business spaces will look different now, and thinking ahead can save you trouble down the road.

Even the most cautious employers cannot avoid all work-related employment conflicts. There are many laws in place to protect California employees, and violations of those laws can result in serious consequences. Our lawyers understand the need to swiftly reach resolutions in these cases. Whether you are an employer or an employee, we are here to advise you on your employment-related rights and legal options.