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Navigating Common Traps for California Growth-Stage Employers: Employment, Benefits, and Tax Strategies for Success

Navigating Common Traps for California Growth-Stage Employers: Employment, Benefits, and Tax Strategies for Success

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST

This three-part series delves into every facet of the employment journey, from recruitment to termination. Geared toward growth-stage employers with workers in California, this series of informative webinars is targeted toward a non-legal audience such as company founders, human resources, payroll, and finance professionals—and individuals who wear all of those hats. General counsel who are new to employment and benefits issues or would like a refresher will also benefit from this series. Each session covers a distinct phase of the employment relationship, and is designed to help you efficiently achieve compliance and minimize risk.

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Session 1: Hiring and Onboarding

Wednesday, May 1 |2 p.m. PDT

Our first session will focus on the ins and outs of hiring and onboarding workers, including interviewing candidates, worker classification, best practices for offer letters, confidentiality and invention assignment agreements, guidance for remote hires, and more. We will also discuss the latest on California’s rules for non-competes and related restrictions like non-solicitation and non-disparagement covenants.

Session 2: Employment and Compensation

Wednesday, May 8| 11 a.m. PDT

This session will address how to navigate the course of the employment relationship, including employment taxes and fringe benefits (what’s taxable and what isn’t), how to work with a PEO, and compliance tips for remote workers. We will also cover benefit and compensation topics, including, PTO, stock options, what benefits are legally required and common wage and hour mistakes to avoid.

Session 3: Separation

Wednesday, May 15 | 2 p.m. PDT

Our final session will focus on the end of the employment relationship, including how to minimize the risk of conflicts with departing employees, planning for reductions in force, legal requirements for notice and leave cashouts, final pay, and the dos and don'ts of offering severance.

Presenters

Christen Sewell, Partner
csewell@cov.com

Mike Chittenden, Of Counsel
mchittenden@cov.com

Carolyn Rashby, Of Counsel 
crashby@cov.com