March 24th Virtual Meeting 


Date: Wednesday, March 24th

Time:  12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Location: Zoom Meeting, check email for link.

Topic:  “ZOOM-ing” Into 2021 – The 2021 Employment Law Update

Are you ready for 2021?

It’s that time again -- Happy New Year! Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social and political discord, California courts and our legislative representatives still found time to create new hurdles for employers in 2021. 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 our "new laws" program to prepare for 2021! Topics to be discussed will include (among many others):


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

  • Mandatory COVID-19 OSHA notice and Workers’ Compensation requirements

  • Board of director expansions based on gender and underrepresented communities

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

  • January 1, 2021 deadline for sexual harassment prevention training for employers

  • Paid Family Leave expansions

  • California Family Rights Act expansion to employers with five or more employees

  • The CalSavers Program is here – are you ready?

  • DLSE statute of limitations expansion on retaliation claims, and recovery of attorneys' fees for whistleblowers

  • Significant local and state minimum wage changes

  • Expanded penalties for failure to pay wages

  • Individual liability for wage and hour violations

  • Leave law updates for crime victims

  • CCPA extension for employment files and required CCPA notices

  • Is Human Resources now a mandated CANRA reporter?

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

  • CA "Component 2" wage reporting requirements

  • Overtime changes for agricultural workers

  • Arbitration do's and don'ts and the U.S. Supreme Court’s view on class waivers (AB 51 update)

  • Rest and meal break relief for certain industries

  • More changes to PAGA (the "Sue Your Boss" law)

  • Applying CA's wage and hour laws to out-of-state employees

  • Required handbook updates for 2021

  • Many, many more….

Guest Speaker: 
Susan S. Waag, Esq.

California’s Premier Employment Law Firm
“We Make Business Work”


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.




Susan S. Waag


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)

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Luncheon Fee: $30 Members, $35 Guests 
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2021 Luncheons Fees:


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

2021 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.

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