Hiring Without Litigating in California: How to Onboard Employees Without Jumping Overboard

SHRM 2015 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session provides an overview of the legislation that California recruiters need to know so you can keep your organization in compliance when hiring in the Golden State.
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Repeated From Monday at 10:45 a.m.

And you thought wrongful termination cases could be challenging? Most failure to hire cases in California are won or lost based simply on the paper trail crafted by an employer. This session will walk through both some of the quirky federal and California issues you face when hiring employees in California and offer some practical pointers on how to minimize risk. This session will cover California-specific legislation you need to be cognizant of in order to avoid litigation including:

  • FEHA discrimination guidelines for hiring.
  • The questions that can and cannot be asked of a candidate during the hiring process.
  • Laws involving background checks, negligent hiring as well as physical exams.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:15am to 12:30pm

Christopher Hoffman


Chris Hoffman manages the San Diego office for the national labor and employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP. While Chris dedicates a substantial portion of his time to defending employers in class actions and other complex litigation matters, he also spends substantial time assisting clients find practical solutions to their employment issues. A big proponent of preventative efforts, Chris strongly believes that some of his best results assisted clients to avoid litigation. Chris also frequently speaks to employer groups and associations around the country on issues ranging from wage and hour compliance to leave laws and even traditional labor relations.

Harbor Ballroom C
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
California Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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