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Christine Long, Partner at Berliner Cohen LLP, maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate. Ms. Long is the Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group and Hospitality Practice Group.

Ms. Long’s employment and hospitality litigation practice includes handling wage and hour claims, claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract cases.  She has experience with class action litigation, and FLSA and EEOC investigations.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Long counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including complaints made to and investigations initiated by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Labor Commissioner, and the EEOC on matters relating to employment including compensation issues, mandatory leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, and reductions-in-force for individuals, companies and local government.  Ms. Long regularly speaks on employment and hospitality issues of interest.

In the real estate and business litigation areas, Ms. Long has represented parties in a variety of matters, including commercial and residential sales disputes, partnership disagreements and dissolutions, partition actions, commercial landlord/tenant suits, easement and boundary claims, and CC&R.

Presentation Summary:
This Presentation will review common policies within Employee Handbooks and work places that may be seen as a violation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act), which guarantees employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection,” as well as the right “to refrain from any or all such activities.”

Learning Objectives:
On August 2, 2023, the NLRB issued a ruling in Stericycle, Inc. which overturned an Employer’s right to promulgate legitimate workplace policies, such as rules requiring employees to maintain confidentiality of workplace investigations and instead set a new set of rules that if the rule could be seen to have a chilling effect on organization or communication, then the Employer must establish a legitimate business interest.

  • This session will go over common standard policies that may draw attack, best practices to prevent against a claim and how to update handbooks.

Kenn Carr, PHD is a principle consultant for Alvarez Associates, LLC and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at Northcentral University.

Dr. Carr is a professional educator and trainer who is considered a subject matter expert in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Administration of Justice.  His specialties are in Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence, and Crisis Intervention Training. He has additional education and training in Organizational Behavior and has instructed Essentials of Security courses with a focus on security measures to reduce risk through management and asset protection.

Dr. Carr holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical-Forensic Psychology, a Master’s of Arts degrees in both Clinical-Forensic Psychology and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology and an Associate’s of Arts Degrees in Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies and General Studies. As an intern and practicum student, Dr. Carr gained additional experience in psychometric forensic evaluations working with adults and juveniles who were on probation and/or incarcerated. Dr. Carr is certified as a Level II Academy Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training where he instructs on Mental Health disorders in crisis intervention techniques.

Dr. Carr has also worked in outpatient and inpatient clinical settings as a Staff Psychologist and Senior Psychologist Specialist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In addition to working on general population sensitive needs yards, Dr. Carr has worked in an Administrative Segregation Unit and in a Mental Health Crisis Bed were he conducted threat assessments and crisis intervention management for patients with severe and debilitating mental health disorders.

As a Deputy Sheriff-Coroner, Contract Police Officer and Campus Security Officer for almost a decade, Dr. Carr has worked as a Domestic Violence Investigator, Field Training Officer and Reserve Officer Coordinator. In these positions he regularly conducted threat assessments, made security recommendations to the public and assisted in the successful investigation, preparation and prosecution of criminal cases. 

Presentation Summary:
With an estimated 2 million incidents of workplace violence occurring annually and mass shootings seemingly on the rise, it’s important for every organization to have a plan to address this growing concern. Unfortunately, in many incidents, it’s often discovered after the fact that there were warning signs that were overlooked, misunderstood, or ignored.

This presentation reviews barriers and opportunities in maintaining the continuity of concern from the first observation, assessment, response, and recovery. Through interactive dialogue and real-life case studies, this presentation will help attendees understand the key elements of establishing and maintaining a program that aligns with other organizational objectives and strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the dynamics of Workplace Violence.
  • Identify strategies for recognizing threatening and concerning behavior.
  • Explore options for accessing and managing threatening and concerning behavior.

Jeanine DeBacker, attorney at McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP, brings a practical, business-aware perspective to representing her employer clients. She helps businesses avoid lawsuits through thoughtful advice and counsel, well-crafted policies, and staff training. Jeanine also vigorously defends employers in lawsuits brought by current or former employees.

Jeanine represents employers in all areas of employment and benefits law, including wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, benefit plan corrections and other employment-related claims.

Jeanine assists clients in creating and implementing workplace policies and procedures, conducting harassment investigations, and counseling on employee performance management, including corrective actions and terminations. Jeanine often presents customized, on-site training programs for clients on a variety of human resources issues.

Jeanine is a sought-after presenter and offers engaging and entertaining workplace training programs, including harassment prevention training as required by California law.

Jeanine writes regularly about employment issues that are important for California employers at

When not defending employers, Jeanine coaches her kids’ soccer and baseball teams and is a baseball umpire (a welcome arena where her judgment cannot be questioned by anyone!).

Presentation Summary:
In this session, Jeanine will walk the HR professional through the steps of an HR audit. She’ll break down the different ways to do an audit and help you get started on doing one!

Learning Objectives:
Member’s will learn:

  • The employer’s obligation to affirmatively comply with employment laws, and the role of an HR audit in achieving that goal.
  • How to set up an HR audit to ensure its effectiveness (and for it to get done)
    What to do with the results of the review.

Michelle Galvan is a Senior HR Generalist with Vantage Point Business Services Corporation.  With over 15 years of leadership, people management, training and development, and human resources, she provides human resources consultation and training services to over 70 clients in California. Her training portfolio includes instruction on mandatory harassment prevention in the workplace, employment practices compliance, fundamental workforce management, and California employment law essentials for business. In 2023, Michelle gained SHRM’s California Law HR Specialty Credential, and obtained her California Harassment Prevention Training Certification through the Fisher Phillips Law Firm.

Michelle’s extensive employment history includes executive leadership roles for several organizations in the non-profit sector as well as Executive Director for Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Joaquin County, where she was also responsible for human resources. She currently serves as a Board of Director on the Pacific Italian Alliance and a member of the Stockton Sister City, Parma Italy. A 5th generation Stocktonian with a strong sense of stewardship, Michelle believes in making the world a better place. She gives back to our community through volunteering for over 35 years on numerous fundraising committees, school advisory councils, and community groups.

Michelle received the AT&T Wireless Services Circle of Excellence Award, the Latino Emergency Council Member of the Year Award, and most recently in 2021, the Stockton Host Lion Heart Award.

She has been publicly speaking, educating and presenting for over 16 years to thousands, and aspires to one day join the SHRM instructor bench. She believes sharing knowledge through education is a powerful way to increase the vitality and well-being for all. She is strongly focused on Mental Health in the Workplace and has received her certificate in a Mastery Program that includes medical hypnosis, medical self-hypnosis, Theta Brain Wave Technique, Sensory Imaging, Yoga Nidra meditation, Mind Body Skills, Psycho-Cybernetics/Goal setting and more.

To balance her career, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her family, hosting events, and making memories gathered around the family table. She shares with everyone, “Follow your passion; Be in the moment; and Remember we are only human!”

Presentation Summary:
This presentation focuses on the 10 most common wage and hour liabilities faced by CA business, often leading to litigation and PAGA claims.

Learning Objectives:
Foundational knowledge of California wage and hour employment laws that are often litigated. Learners gain insight onto ways to reduce unnecessary risk of litigation and the liability associated
with PAGA claims.

Our Sponsors

We want to thank the following sponsors for supporting our annual event.

Gold Sponsors

OnePoint Human Capital Management
Our mission is to help growing companies strengthen and streamline their workforce HCM. Unify multiple systems with flexible, all-in-one human capital management software. Why OnePoint? An unparalleled workforce management software and compliance solution built on “The Power of ONE.” When you have the right workforce management software and an attentive HR service provider, it only takes one solution to unify all your human capital needs.

Eric Garrard, Director of Partner Development

Silver Sponsors

Selerix: Employee Benefits Administration Software
Our all-in-one platform combines benefits administration, ACA management, and workforce communications.

For questions about compatible payroll systems, insurance carrier integrations, and HCM connections, or a free consultation, reach out to Manny Alcaine at 510-574-6074 or email

BBSI: People, Process, and Prosperity for your Business.
Payroll, workers’ compensation, benefits, HR, risk, and business consulting services designed to help you and your business prosper. When you decide to partner with BBSI, you are paired with your own dedicated Business Unit Team.

Star Staffing provides personalized staffing and recruitment in Northern California. Need to hire top talent? Does your business need consulting or payroll services? Engage with one of “America’s Best Temp Staffing Firms”, recognized as a Forbes Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firm for the third consecutive year.

Berliner Cohen, LLP, is a highly-respected Northern California full-service business law firm. Berliner Cohen’s diverse business practices help guide business of all sizes through the challenges of owning, operating and succeeding in California.

  • Event Speaker
  • CVHRMA Board Member

Bohannon Insurance Agency: Your Friend In The Insurance Business
You’ll get a local partner right around the corner backed by a national network with deep expertise and long-standing relationships with multiple carriers. It means you get more choices. Better rates.

Contact: Cory Bohannon, Vice President
Office: 209-529-4530 Ext. 32954
Direct: 209-554-4679


Cornerstone Wealth specializes in retirement planning and estate conservation:

  • Help you clarify and define your goals
  • Recommend solutions that fit your needs
  • Deliver timely information
  • Explain how changing financial conditions affect you
  • Monitor your financial progress
  • Provide investment strategies

Vantage Point Business Services provides financial services coupled with the education so that our clients can make well-informed decisions.

  • Income Taxes
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Human Resources

  • Event Speaker

McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas is a San Jose employment, business and real estate law firm that combines the quality found in large firms with the personal service and economy of a smaller, specialized firm.

  • Event Speaker

Alvarez Associates specializes in working with employers in both the public and private sector to help prevent, mitigate and recovery from incidents of Workplace Violence.

  • Event Speaker

Alchemus is a comprehensive HCM SaaS for organizations with 500 – 10,000 employees who have outgrown multiple/manual HR systems and want AI automation without the expense of Workday or an ERP.

We’re in Modesto! Contact us for a demo or to be included in your HCM/HRIS RFP: 209-937-2200 or

  • CVHRMA Board Member