Todd R. Wulffson

Office Managing Partner
Orange County Office
twulffson@cdflaborlaw.com
(949) 622-5842, ext 1447
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First Job: Davy Crockett at Disneyland (still has the coonskin cap)

Locals Rule: From CDF, I can see the house I grew up in, where I went to high school, the first law firm I worked at, and where I live now with my family

If Not A Lawyer, I'd Be: A high school science teacher

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About Todd

Todd R. Wulffson has focused his practice on counseling and defending businesses in labor and employment matters for over 30 years.  In addition to private practice, from 2006-2010, Wulffson served as General Counsel and SVP of Human Resources to Palace Entertainment, overseeing the SEC filings, legal and human resources issues for a company with over 12,000 employees at 40 locations in 11 states.

Wulffson currently assists clients ranging from local sole proprietorships to large, multi-national corporations.  He has considerable experience representing employers in the entertainment, manufacturing, banking, hospitality, financial services and retail industries. With both business and legal experience, Wulffson focuses on advising employers on human resources matters, and implementing proactive measures to reduce risk and cost.  He has defended employers in both state and federal court, in matters before the Public Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board, and in administrative proceedings before the State Labor Commissioner and the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.  He has significant traditional labor law experience, and is a veteran of numerous union organizing drives.

Wulffson also has substantial experience in the evolving area of Social Media Law.  He is a frequent speaker, author and resource to employers nationwide on analyzing employee-related social media issues, preparing social media policies and procedures, and defending actions involving social media liability claims.

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Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., cum laude, 1990

  • Editor on Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Economics and Business, 1987

Publications

"Gazing into the Employment Law Crystal Ball for 2021," Daily Journal Corporation, November 2020

"How California Businesses Can Reduce Liability From COVID-Related Employment Litigation," Orange County Lawyer, November 2020 

COVID-19: To Test or Not To Test,” HR Legal & Compliance, September 2020

"Thermal Cameras to Fight Coronavirus in the Workplace?," Security Magazine, August 2020

Reopening Risks for Employers: Avoiding Post-COVID Legal Infections,” Daily Journal Corporation, June 2020

"Back to Work: Keeping Staff and Temporary Workers Reassured and Safe," Staffing Industry Review, June 2020

"Legal Issues Confronting California Businesses When Bringing Employees Back From Furlough," Daily Journal Corporation, May 2020

"Go Ahead, Monitor Your Remote Workers; But You’d Better Hope HR and Risk Management Get It Right," Quoted, Risk & insurance, May 2020 

"Will You Sign This Love Contract So I Don't Get Sued?" Daily Journal Corporation, February 2020

Cessation Benefits Emerge Amid Vaping Injury Outbreak," HR Dive: Human Resources and Workforce Management News, January 2020

"Does the Gig Economy Have a Future in Grocery Stores?" Interviewed, Grocery Dive, November 2019

"Scary Things Your Employees Are Doing In The Dark," TLNT - Talent Management & HR, October 2019

"Lawsuits Are Spookier Than Halloween," Staffing Industry Analysts, October 2019

"25 Tips for California Employers Based on Recent and Proposed Changes in California Law," Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal, October 2019

"A Fired Employee’s Refrain: But I Thought Marijuana Was Legal?," Money Inc., July 2019

"U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Missed Two Free Penalty Kicks to Avoid the Current Pay Gap,” Orange County Register, July 2019

"Is It Smart for Employers to Ban Smartphones While Driving?" Money Inc., May 2019

"Predictive Scheduling: Coming Soon to a Lawsuit Near You," Money Inc., February 2019

"Beware of Pitfalls In Helping Employees With New Year’s Resolutions - Key Steps to Minimize the Potential Liabilities," HR.com, December 2018

"Diversity and Inclusion: It's Much More Than Just Legal Compliance," Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal, October 2018

"Motor Carriers Group Challenges California Law That Defines Independent Contractors," Interviewed, Transport Topics, July 2018

"Hiring Drivers as Contractors in California? Be Careful.Auto Rental News, July 2018

"#WhatToDo about #MeToo? An Employer's Guide to Preventing Liability for Workplace Sexual Harassment," Thomson Reuters, February 2018

"Workplace Violence Training: Why Your Organization Needs to Do It," HR Bartender, January 2018

"Sexual Harassment Scandals Put Businesses on High Alert," Quoted, Pasadena Star-News, December 2017

"Cracking the Code on Anti-Discrimination Policies for Your Small Business," Small Business Trends, December 2017

"Law Will Keep a Bunny Hopping," The Press Enterprise, April 2017

"The Wage Equality Act of 2016: Promoting Equity or Stunting Employment?" Co-Author, Orange County Lawyer, February 2017

"Learn These 10 Strategies To Avoid Common – And Costly – Employee Lawsuits In The Transportation Industry In California," Co-Author, Transportation & Logistics International, January 2017

"New California Law Demands Racial Pay Equity," Talent Management and Human Resources, December 2016

"That Time Rudolph Threatened to Sue His Co-Workers, and Santa," The Press Enterprise, December 2016

"Avoiding Litigation From Employee Recruiting Practices," Law360, October 4, 2016

"Legal Pitfalls, Here Are Some Strategies To Avoid Employee Lawsuits," Co-Author, Construction Today, September 2016

"Can Higher Wages Work?" Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), August 2016

Presentations

Sampling of Most Recent Presentations:

"Marijuana in the Workplace," Association of International Certified Public Accounts' CFO Conference, September 2020

"The Legal & Practical Issues to Discussing Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace," CDF Webinar Series, August 2020

“Re-Opening Businesses & Best Practices during COVID 19: The New Normal,” UCI Center for Real Estate, May 2020

"2020 Hindsight in Advance – California Employment Laws & Compliance Tips You Wish You Knew in Advance," CDF Webinar Series, February 2020

"Can You Keep Your Independent Contractors? AB5 & The Battle Against Your Business Model," California Mortgage Association, Winter Seminar, January 2020

“Hot Topics in Labor Law,” California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference, December 2019

"Leaves of Absence," Guest Speaker, UCI Division of Continuing Education, Into to Benefits, November 2019

“Employment Law Issues Facing Mortgage Lenders & Updates to Your Employee Handbook,” California Mortgage Association’s Summer Seminar, July 2019

"HR Headaches for 2019 – Trending Issues in California Employment Law," CDF Webinar Series, July 2019

"Hot Topics in Labor Law," California Mortgage Bankers Association, Legal Issues Committee, May 2019

"California Legislative Update," 2018 California Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, December 2018

"#MeToo, Independent Contractors, and Other Lawyers Have Full Employment in California," Association of Legal Administrators, Orange County Chapter, July 2018

"CA Supreme Court’s New Test for Determining Independent Contractors," CDF Webinar Series, May 2018

"How Employers & Financial Institutions Can Maximize Social Media Use While Minimizing Liability," CDF Webinar Series, November 2017

“Top Ten Current Employer Mistakes,” 2017 National Association of Pension Plan Administrators (NAPPA) Conference, August 2017

"CA Labor & Employment Law Year in Review Key Developments & Trends from 2016 & Tips for 2017 & Beyond," Association of Legal Administrators - Orange County Chapter, February 2017

"California Employment Law Trends for 2017," Orange County Bar Association - Corporate Counsel Section, February 2017

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

CDF Orange County Office Managing Partner, 2016 - present

Orange County Bar Association, 1990 - present

Forbes HR Council, 2017 - present

BTI Client Service All-Star Among Fortune 1000 Companies

Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2003 - 2006 and 2017 - 2020

National Philanthropy Day, Spirit of Philanthropy Award Winner, Orange County

Distinguished Service Award for 25 Years of Committed Service to the Constitutional Rights Foundation, 2018

Civic Activities

Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, 1993 - present

  • Board Member and Past President
  • Honoree, Distinguished Service Award, 2018

Troop 1518, Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster, 2003 - 2014

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