Susan Waag

December -- Dark (no meeting) 
Happy Holidays!!
January Extended Lunch Meeting



Date: Wednesday, January 22nd
Topic: The Times They Are A Changin’… The 2020 Employment Law Update

Time:  11:30am - 1:15pm  (presentation begins at 11:45)

Location: The Historic Santa Maria Inn

Speaker:  Susan Waag

Cost: $30 SMHRA Members   |   $35 Guests   |   $15 No Meal

Information About the Topic: 

Are you ready for 2020?

It’s that time again! California courts and our legislative representatives have new fun in store for employers in 2020. To fully protect the workplace from costly employment disputes and government audits, California employers, managers and human resource professionals must stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of employment laws in our state and cities, as well as the cases decided by California and federal courts throughout the year. 

Join us at one of our programs to prepare for 2020! Topics to be discussed will include (among many others):

  • FEHA statute of limitations expanded

  • California bans arbitration of FEHA and Labor Code claims; is it legal?

  • Deciphering AB 5, Dynamex and the use of independent contractors in the workplace

  • Extended deadline for sexual harassment prevention training for employers with five or more employees 

  • Paid Family Leave expansions (more on the horizon!)

  • Amendments to the FEHA's protected categories and required policy updates for all employers

  • New lactation accommodation requirements

  • CalSavers Program is here – are you ready? Is it legal?

  • Significant local and state minimum wage changes

  • Expanded penalties for failure to pay wages

  • Individual liability for wage and hour violations

  • Organ donation changes

  • Voting law updates

  • Updates to the OSHA injury reporting requirement 

  • CROWN Act explained

  • Expanded definition of “Registered Domestic Partnerships”

  • Changes to key forms and new hire documents

  • Pay for “Computer Software” and “Physicians and Surgeons” on the rise

  • EEO-1 Component 2 reporting requirements

  • Overtime changes for agricultural workers

  • Update on DFEH anti-harassment programs, postings, trainings and sample materials

  • Arbitration do's and don'ts and the U.S. Supreme Court’s view on class waivers

  • Rest and meal break relief for certain industries

  • More changes to PAGA (the "sue your boss" law)

  • Expanded interpretation of what constitutes “reporting for work”

  • Non-discretionary bonuses don’t just affect overtime…. 

  • New cases on commute time and the use of company vehicles

  • Clarifications regarding the ministerial exemption

  • New issues on the importance of carefully-drafted arbitration agreements 

  • Required handbook updates for 2020

  • Many, many more….

Guest Speaker - Susan Waag 

Susan Waag is a seasoned employment law attorney, having spent her entire career working exclusively with businesses and non-profits to prevent and resolve personnel issues. Susan enjoys the rating of “AV® Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review level given to attorneys, based on her level of legal performance and ethical standards.


Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Susan focuses on litigation avoidance and helping employers throughout California understand and comply with the myriad of employment laws affecting them. Susan has provided legal representation and strategic advice to employers of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses.


Susan is in high demand as a speaker and trainer with business, legal and civic groups. Her presentations focus on ensuring that employers understand how to protect their businesses in a potentially confusing and complex legal environment, as well as implementing quality management practices and litigation avoidance techniques.


She assists employers in developing high quality, realistic personnel practices, and is known for her effective investigations into various types of alleged employee misconduct and workplace issues. She also represents employers before numerous government administrative and enforcement agencies.

Susan is a cum laude graduate of UCLA with a BA in Political Science. She received her law degree from University of Southern California (USC), where she was a member of the Law Review. Also, for more than a decade, Susan taught Labor and Employment Law courses at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.


February Regular Lunch Meeting



Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Fitness for Duty
Time:  11:30am - 1:00pm 

Location: The Historic Santa Maria Inn

Speaker:  Paul Christensen, M.D., M.R.O.

Cost: $30 SMHRA Members   |   $35 Guests   |   $15 No Meal

Guest Speaker - Dr. Paul Christensen, Medical Director, Industrial Medical Group

Dr. Christensen has practiced as an Emergency Medicine Physician since 1994. He practiced in Minnesota from 1994-1999 and since 1999 has practiced in the San Luis Obispo area. Over the years, he has held numerous leadership positions in hospitals including Medical Director and Chief of Staff. He is also active in many local medical committees and boards, where he has held positions such as President of Board of Directors. Dr. Christensen is passionate about making a difference in the medical community. In 1992, he received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.



Fourth Wednesday of the Month
11:30 am-1:00 pm

The Historic Santa Maria Inn
801 South Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454 (click for map)

To RSVP please send an e-mail to

Luncheon Fee: $30 Members, $35 Guests 
You can now pay special events, membership dues, renewals, or luncheon fees on our secure checkout below. Paypal account not required.

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Buy Member Lunch Tickets $30

Buy Non-Member Lunch Tickets $35

Meeting Only (no meal) Tickets $15

2020 Luncheons Fees:


Member $30

Non-Member $35

No Meal $15


Reservations Required: Make a reservation for yourself and any guests by 11:45 AM on the Friday before the meeting.

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to accept late reservations.

2020 Membership Fees:

Individual:  $65.00 

Corporate:  $100.00 

SMHRA Scholarships 2019

- Marcus Wilson, Grants Chair for the SMHRA, congratulates the scholarship winners for 2019. 

L – R: Colton Brickey, Czharine Joy Asuncion, Marcus Wilson, Tito DeLeon.

UPDATED RSVP Policy:  Please e-mail and indicate number of attendees, names and method of payment. RSVPs are required by 11:45 AM on the Friday before the meeting.  All “yes” RSVP’s must be paid regardless of attendance (New catering policies at the Santa Maria Inn).

PayPal payments should be made at the time of RSVP and in advance of the meetings.  Cash and checks will still be accepted at the door.  Checks by mail in advance of the meeting to the PO Box are also welcome: SMHRA P.O. Box 130 Santa Maria, CA 93456

Luncheon Fee:  $30.00 for SMHRA members, $35.00 for non-members

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