Seminars with Finch, Thornton & Baird Attorneys

Seminars

Download a PDF for print Printer friendly version Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP is routinely called upon to educate industry organizations and individual companies about new legal developments, compliance with existing laws and regulations, risk management, and workplace conduct, including annual sexual harassment training as required by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The firm’s routine seminars and upcoming events are detailed here. The San Diego attorneys at Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP are routinely requested to educate other industry professionals.

Past Seminars

Indemnity in Construction Made Simple

May 17, 2017: Presented by David S. Demian and Christopher R. Sillari.

Lease-Leaseback Construction Under AB 2316 Effective 1-1-17

January 18, 2017: presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. & Jason R. Thornton.

How To Prove And Recover Your Losses – Change Orders And Claims – Costing And Management

November 16, 2016: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird. Find out more here.

Prevailing Wage, Apprenticeship and Skilled Workforce Requirements

October 19, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. Find out more here.

What You Must Know To Get Paid – Collection Requirements and Practical Advice

September 21, 2016: Presented by Jason R. Thornton and Andrea L. Petray. Find out more here.

Project Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Performance and Closeout)

August 17, 2016: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Daniel P. Scholz. Find out more here.

Project Management Mistakes and How To Avoid Them (Contracts)

July 20, 2016: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and . Find out more here.

California Prevailing Wage and Apprentice Laws Basics & Latest Trends & Developments

June 14, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This lunch and learn workshop will review the basics of the California prevailing wage law, including coverage issues and now to determine what rates apply. It will also cover recent changes to the prevailing wage law and enforcement trends. Learning objectives:

  • Better understand what work is covered by the California Prevailing Wage Law
  • More easily determine what prevailing wage rate applies to your project
  • Know common pitfalls to avoid
  • Better understand the practices and policies you should have in place to comply with the prevailing wage laws and limit exposure for assessments

Target Audience: Business Owners, HR Professionals, Payroll Managers. Find out more here.

Mid-Year Legal Hr Updates Seminar

June 7, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This seminar will cover:

  • The latest on complying with California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law
  • Federal Contractor update: New Executive Orders and OFCCP regulations
  • The latest wage and hour trends and pitfalls
  • Updates on the National Labor Relations Board
  • Affordable Care Act update

Find out more here.

OFCCP Compliance Basics & Latest Trends/Development

April 7, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This lunch and learn workshop will focus on the issues raised by projects that are subject to prevailing wage laws, including apprenticeship requirements and how contractors can implement strategies to monitor compliance issues. Learning Objectives:

  • Understand your OFCCP obligations under new Obama-administration executive orders
  • Be able develop strategies and practices for monitoring your compliance and your subcontractors compliance with OFCCP obligations

Find out more here.

Construction Project Management Best Practices - A Legal Perspective

March 8, 2016: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird, David W. Smiley, and Christopher R. Sillari. This lunch and learn workshop will help you to identify common risks and disputes on a construction project. Discuss strategies for handling disputes and claims, including use of contract provisions and management methods. Review other risk mitigation and dispute avoidance tools. Understand issues common to both General Contractors and Subcontractors on a construction project. Learning objectives:

  • Identify common risks and potential disputes on a construction project
  • Identify important contract provisions for disputes and claims, and risk mitigation tools
  • Understand common traps from the perspective of a General Contractor and Subcontractor
  • Learn dispute management skills

Target Audience: Risk Managers, Project Managers, Contract Administrators and In-House Counsel. Find out more here.

Latest On Obamacare: The Employer Mandate Finally Arrives

February 10, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This workshop will provide an overview of the current status of the employer mandate and reporting portion of requirements under the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare, now that the delays are expiring for 2016. Learning Objectives:

  • Better Understand what Obamacare means for your business
  • Learn the latest revisions and developments and what you need to do to comply now

Who should attend: Business owners, HR Professionals and Benefit Specialists. Find out more here.

California Wage And Hour Laws Best Practices & Latest Trends

January 12, 2016: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This lunch and learn workshop will provide an overview of basic wage and hour employment laws and practices that your company can implement to comply with those laws and reduce the risk of employee claims. It will also look at recent developments in the law and workplace and how those developments may affect your human resource practices. Learning objectives:

  • Better understand California’s wage and hour laws and how to avoid common pitfalls that exposes employers claims
  • Be able to develop record-keeping practices that better protect you from employee claims
  • Know about recent legal developments affecting the workplace, including the new California’s Paid Sick Leave and Fair Pay Act
  • Better understand how the increased use of technology can affect your human resource practices

Target Audience: Business Owners, HR Professionals, Payroll Managers. Find out more here.

Prevailing Wage Wheel

November 18, 2015: This is for the participant that has some prevailing wage/certified payroll training experience and would like a deeper dive into topics surrounding prevailing wage compliance. Please join us for the “Prevailing Wage Wheel” where you will experience three different subject matter experts in a small group format allowing you more personalized time to address your compliance concerns. The three wheel topics are Prevailing Wage compliance, Apprenticeship Standards, and the legal side of Labor Compliance. The topics are presented by our veteran team of Marty Glaske, Gafcon; Karen Belcher, Division of Apprenticeship Standards, and Chad T. Wishchuk from Finch, Thornton & Baird. This seminar is complimentary. Register online here.

Lessons in Wage & Hour Laws - Part II

June 2, 2015: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This session will cover : Investigations - when to and how to, Time records and other employment related recordkeeping requirements, more wage and hour information, Apprentices - DIR laws and regulations, Properly classifying Independent Contractors, and recent changes - what to expect in 2015. Register online here.

Contract/Subcontract Review Strategies

May 6, 2015: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Christopher R. Sillari. Learn to identify the most important clauses to be negotiated, strategies to deal with contract clauses commonly used in construction contracts and understand common traps from the perspective of the General Contractor and Subcontractor. Register online here.

Prevailing Wage Law - Basics & Latest Trends/Developments

April 15, 2015: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will review the basics, including coverage issues and how to determine what rates apply. It will also cover recent changes to the prevailing wage law and enforcement trends. Register online here.

Federal/State Small Business Programs and Teaming To Win Projects

April 8, 2015: Presented by David S. Demian and Kelly A. Floyd. This course will provide an overview of all the small business programs and latest trends in enforcement and avoiding false claims liability. Attendees will have an understanding of the small and disadvantaged business designations in use for local, state and federal projects, have an understanding of "affiliation", and the use of a checklist of issues and pitfalls when working for and teaming with small and disadvantaged businesses.

AB1522 – How To Comply With The New Sick Leave Law & Other Legal Updates

March 31, 2015: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This session will cover: California's New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law, New Anti-Bullying / Anti-Harassment Training Requirements, The Latest Wage & Hour Trends and Pitfalls, Including: The New Cellular Phone Reimbursement Case, California's New Law Imposing Shared Liability on Companies Using Labor Contractors, And Temporary Staffing Agencies.

Lessons in Wage & Hour Laws - Part I

March 24, 2015: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. (Federal/California) What you don't know can hurt you! This session will cover: Wage and Hour issues, Exempt vs. Non-Exempt, Audits - What to expect, and Internships - What you need to know before engaging them.

Contract Negotiation Best Practices

March 18, 2015: We invite you to join attorneys Jeffrey B. Baird and David W. Smiley of FTBLaw and Anne Wright and Cyndi Beilman of SASC for a complimentary and informative lunch and learn workshop on Contract Negotiation Best Practices. Highlights will include: Commonly Litigated Provisions, Strategies for Negotiation, Recommendations for Specific Contract Clauses, Indemnity and Insurance Overview, and Surety Relationships and Bonding.

Bid Protest Basics: Local, State and Federal

March 11, 2015: Presented by Christopher R. Sillari and Dustin R. Jones. Have you ever wondered if you have grounds to protest the low bidder? Whether a protest is worth pursuing? What are the standards for bid responsiveness and bidder responsibility? How to fill out experience and litigation disclosures to avoid a protest? How to fend off a protest? Whether you should protest from the low position (sometimes, believe it or not!)? When to call the lawyer? For federal works, is there a discrepancy in the solicitation? Should you protest it (and when)? Found out the answers to these questions and more.

Collection Remedies: Lien Law, Payment Bonds, Stop Payment Notices & Beyond

January 29, 2015: Presented by Jason R. Thornton and Andrea L. Petray. What you need to know to ensure you are paid for the work you perform. Contractors are still adjusting to the 2012 revisions to the civil code. Make sure you know how to protect your rights and GET PAID! We will cover public and probate collection remedies and strategies.

Latest Trends for Recovery of Lost Productivity and Delay Claims

December 10, 2014: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Louis J. Blum. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify causes and delays, which create entitlement to compensation, properly provide notice for time extensions and costs, properly track delays and related costs, and be able to properly submit a delay claim.

Contract/Subcontract Review Strategies

November 19, 2014: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Christopher R. Sillari. Learn to identify most important clauses to be negotiated, strategies to deal with contract clauses commonly used in construction contracts and understand common traps from the perspective of the General Contractor and Subcontractor.

Prevailing Wage Law - Basics & Latest Trends/Developments

November 12, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will review the basics, including coverage issues and how to determine what rates apply. It will also cover recent changes to the prevailing wage law and enforcement trends.

H.R. Best Practices & Latest Trends

November 5, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will provide an overview of basic wage and hour employment laws and practices your company can implement to comply with those laws and reduce the risk of employee claims.

Bid Protest Basics: Local, State and Federal

October 22, 2014: Presented by Christopher R. Sillari and Dustin R. Jones. Have you ever wondered if you have grounds to protest the low bidder? Whether a protest is worth pursuing? Take this course.

The Latest on Obamacare

October 8, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will provide an overview of all the latest changes and delays to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Lessons in Wage & Hour Laws - Part 2

September 16, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk and Linda Aguilar.

Federal/State Small Business Programs and Teaming to Win Projects

August 26, 2014: Presented by David S. Demian and Kelly A. Floyd. This course will provide an overview of all the small business programs and latest trends in enforcement and avoiding false claims liability.

Prevailing Wage Laws, Including Apprenticeship on Federal, State & Local Projects

August 12, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will focus on the issues raised by projects that are subject to prevailing wage laws, including apprenticeship requirements and how contractors can implement strategies to monitor compliance issues.

Insurance Basics for the Construction Industry

July 9, 2014: Presented by David W. Smiley.

Prevailing Wage Law - Basics & Latest Trends/Developments

June 26, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will review the basics of the California Prevailing Wage Law, including coverage issues and how to determine what rates apply.

Lessons in Wage & Hour Laws - Part 1

June 17, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk and Linda Aguilar.

Collective Bargaining Agreements/PLA's

May 14, 2014: Presented by David W. Smiley. This course will provide an overview of collection bargaining agreements in the publics works context and how Project Labor Agreements (PLA's) are affecting contract costs and execution.

H.R. Best Practices & Latest Trends

April 23, 2014: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk. This course will provide an overview of basic wage and hour employment laws and practices your company can implement to comply with those laws to reduce the risk of employee claims.

Latest Trends for Recovery of Lost Productivity and Delay Claims

April 8, 2014: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Louis J. Blum.

Fundamentals of Insurance Procurement and Claims on Construction Projects

March 26, 2014: Presented by David W. Smiley. This course is designed to give a basic understanding of the types of insurance available to cover a wide range of liability claims in the construction industry, key insurance coverage concepts, and insurer duties to insureds in third party liability claims

Contract/Subcontract Review Protocol Best Practices

February 11, 2014: Identify most important clauses to be negotiated, identify strategies to deal with contract clauses commonly used in construction contracts and understand common traps from the perspective of the general contractor and subcontractor. Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Christopher R. Sillari.

Insurance Coverage of Construction Projects - Getting the Most From Your Broker and Carrier

February 6, 2014: Presented by David W. Smiley.

SBA/SDVOSB/VOSB/SDBE/WBE

January 30, 2014: This course will provide an overview of all the small business programs and latest trends in enforcement and avoiding false claims liability. Attendees will have an understanding of the small and disadvantaged business designations in use for local, state, and federal projects, have an understanding of "affiliation," and the use of a checklist of issues and pitfalls when working for and teaming with small and disadvantaged businesses. Presented by David S. Demian.

Indemnity & Defense Obligations in Construction Contracts: The Impact of SB474

August 16, 2013: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird.

Indemnity Workshop – Avoid the Legal and Insurance Coverage Mess

July 16, 2013: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird.

Value Add Lease Provisions – Maximize Economics And Increase Flexibility In Commercial Leases

May 15, 2013: Presented by David S. Demian for the CCIM San Diego Chapter. Read more here.

What the Heck is an LLC, and Why Should I Care?

September 10, 2012: Presented by David S. Demian. Find out more here.

Big Changes To Public And Private Works Collection Laws

July 24, 2012: Presented by Finch, Thornton & Baird. Find out more here.

2012 Mechanic's Lien Law Update

April 3, 2012: Presented by Jon F. Gauthier, David W. Smiley and Elizabeth Smith-Chavez, San Diego County Bar Association, Construction Law Section and Real Property Law Section. Find out more here.

Take the Paper(less) Challenge – Transform Your Law Office in 60 Days

April 1, 2012: presented by Linda E. Quindt at the Association of Legal Administrators 2012 Annual Conference (Honolulu, HI). Find out more here.

New Employment Laws in California for 2012

March 27, 2012: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk for Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc. Find out more here.

Taming the Phone in Your Pocket: How to Harness Mobile Technology for Project Documentation and Risk Management

March 1, 2012: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr., Peter Lasensky and Ted Bumgardner at the Association of General Contractors 2012 Annual Convention (Honolulu, HI). Find out more here.

Recommended Practices For Forensic Scheduling

February 8, 2012: Presented by David W. Smiley and Kenji Hoshino (PCF Consultants) San Diego County Bar Association, Construction Law Section. Find out more here.

Construction Lien Law

January 25, 2012: Presented by David S. Demian, Jon F. Gauthier, and David W. Smiley for Lorman. Find out more here.

New Developments in Public & Private Works Construction Law

November 1, 2011: presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. for San Diego County Bar Association, Construction Law Section.

Construction Default Reprocurement Seminar

September 13, 2011: presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. at the Pearlman Association's 2011 Surety Conference (Seattle, WA). Find out more here.

Proving and Defending Construction Delay Claims

August 25, 2011: presented by Jeffrey B. Baird and Matt Becica (Criterium Consulting Group). Find out more here.

Construction Lien Law

May 9, 2010: Presented by David S. Demian for Lorman Education Services

Construction Lien Law in California

November 5, 2009: Presented by David S. Demian, Jon F. Gauthier and David W. Smiley for Lorman Education Services

Beyond Progressive Discipline

June 25, 2008: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk for the Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.

Construction Lien Law In California

May 9, 2008: Presented by Jon F. Gauthier and David S. Demian for Lorman Education Services.

O.T. Laws: Eliminating Confusion and Ensuring Compliance

November 3, 2007: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk and Linda Aguilar, Deputy Labor Commissioner for Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.

Employment Law Update

September 20, 2007: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk for Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.

Construction Lien Law In California

May 9, 2007: Presented by Jon F. Gauthier and David S. Demian for Lorman Education Services.

The Future of K-12 Construction: Alternatives to Design-Bid-Build

December 8, 2006: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. and Jason R. Thornton at the Construction Super Conference.

Proving and Defending Construction Delay Claims

June 6, 2006: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. and Kenji Hoshino at the San Diego County Bar Association for the Construction Law Section.

The Best Delivery Method For Your Project

April 19, 2006: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. at the California Association of School Business Officials, 2006 Annual Conference.

An Overview of Construction Project Documents and Plans in California

March 31, 2006: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird for Lorman Education Services.

Building a Foundation for Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in California

March 13, 2006: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. and Jason R. Thornton for National Business Institute.

Sexual Harassment Training & Education

November 6, 2005: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk for Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.

Employment Law Update

September 15, 2005: Presented by Chad T. Wishchuk for Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Public Contract Code & Competitive Public Bidding in California

January 20, 2005: Presented by Jeffrey B. Baird for Lorman Education Services.

The Little Red School House: Alternatives to Hard Bid Construction in California

February 2, 2004: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. and Jeffrey B. Baird for Lorman Education Services.

Mechanic’s Lien Law & Strategies in California

May 1, 2003: Presented by P. Randolph Finch Jr. and Jason R. Thornton for National Business Institute.

Wage & Hour Law for the Construction Industry

January 20, 2000: Presented by Jason R. Thornton for Lorman Education Services.

Construction Lien Law in California

January 2, 2000: Presented by Jason R. Thornton for Lorman Education Services.