Next Regular Lunch Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 26th
Topic: Handling California's Leave of Absence Laws

Time:  11:30 am - 1:15 pm 

Note: Due to the size of program content, the presentation will begin at 11:45am and end 15 mins later than usual at 1:15pm.
Location: The Historic Santa Maria Inn

Speaker:  Karen L. Gabler, Esq.

Cost: $25 SMHRA Members   |   $30 Guests


Information About the Topic: EMPLOYING THE ABSENT EMPLOYEE - Handling California's Leave of Absence Laws


California has more mandatory leaves of absence than any other state. To avoid costly litigation, employers must be aware of when a leave is available to an employee, what rights must be provided to the employee, and what employee obligations can be enforced.  In this informative seminar, employment law attorney Karen L. Gabler of LightGabler will discuss California's mandatory leaves of absence.  Topics covered will include:


◾Which leaves must be provided to employees

◾Eligibility standards for each leave

◾Documentation of absence

◾Reinstatement requirements

◾Insurance requirements

◾New Parent Leave for 2018

◾The interplay between PDL, NPL, PFL, FMLA, CFRA and SDI

◾Disability, pregnancy, baby bonding, family leave

◾Injured or ill family members and domestic partners

◾The relationship between WC, FEHA and ADA

◾Bereavement, jury/witness duty, school visits, domestic violence and time off to vote

◾Mandated and voluntary benefits during a leave of absence

Guest Speaker - Karen L. Gabler, Esq. 
Karen L. Gabler, Esq. has over 26 years of experience as an employment attorney.  She is an employment law expert for over 750 businesses of all sizes and industries, advising management on proactive strategies to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes.  She conducts workplace compliance audits for businesses, and presents training programs for both management and employees. Karen also defends her clients against employment law claims in state and federal courts as well as in administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations.  Karen has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2012.  She is regularly listed as one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” and “Top Attorney in Client Service” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, and as one of the “Who’s Who in Professional Services” and the “Top Women in Business” by the Pacific Coast Business Times.


UPDATED RSVP Policy:  Please e-mail and indicate number of attendees, names and method of payment. RSVP’s are required by the day of the event.  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:  $25.00 for SMHRA members, $30.00 for non-members

SMHRA Scholarships 2018

- SMHRA Board Member Marcus Wilson presents scholarships to the 2018 winners. See letters of appreciation!

Karen L. Gabler, Esq.

Santa Maria Human Resources Association

P.O. Box 130
Santa Maria, CA 93456


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: $25 Members, $30 Guests 
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