Todd R. Wulffson

Office Managing Partner, Orange County
twulffson@cdflaborlaw.com
(949) 622-5842
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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 25 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

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?QSR, August 2016

Employers and Workers Grapple with Laws Allowing Marijuana Use,” ABA Journal, December 2015

Hard Lessons from a Grisly Accident,” Today's General Counsel, October/November 2015

Big Brother, Big Liability - With Today’s Advanced Technology, How Much Employee Monitoring Is Too Much?” Co-Author, Orange County Attorney Journal, September 2015

The New Wave of EEOC Discrimination Claims: Unlocking the Bathroom Door and Other New Focal Points for the EEOC in 2015,” Co-Author, HR Advisor: Legal and Practical Guidance, August/July 2015

Shirts and Shoes Required - But No Hijab,” Co-Author, Orange County Attorney Journal, July 2015

Colorado Court Rules Companies Can Fire Employees for Using Medical Marijuana After Work,” Inc., June 2015

Protecting Clients From Unnecessary Liability When Using Social Media in Recruiting and Hiring,” Co-Author, Attorney Journal Orange County, March 2015

The Good the Bad & Social Media: Legal Complications from Using Social Media for Recruiting and Hiring,” Co-Author, Staffing Industry Review, March 2015

“Equal Litigation Opportunity Commission,” Inside Counsel, April 2015

What to Say When You're Asked for a Job Reference You Don't Want to Give,” Fortune, April 2015

Why You Need a Workplace Marijuana Policy,” Inc., March 2015

Exempt Employee Overtime Pay: A Very Expensive Oxymoron,” Co-Author, Orange County Lawyer, February 2015

Beating A Non-Compete Disguised As A Non-Solicit,” Today's General Counsel, December/January 2015

Fifteen Developments in Employment Law for 2014,” Orange County Lawyer, April 2014

“Internet Usage Policies In The Workplace,” LLRX.com, 1999

“Workplace Q&A Ask An Attorney Column,” Orange County Register, Contributor from 1997 to 2000

“Overtime” Chapter, Payroll Answer Book published by Aspen Publishing, 1996

Presentations

Sampling of Most Recent Presentations:

“#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

“How to Hire Smart and Hire Right in California: Legal Strategies for Identifying and Selecting Top Job Candidates,” Co-Presenter, BLR 11th Annual Employment Law Update, October 2016

“Job Postings and Screening: How to Avoid Liability in the Era of Social Media and Internet Recruiting?” CDF Webinar Series, August 2016

“Liabilities for Job Postings, Recruiting, Interviewing, and Hiring,” Clear Law Institute, June 2016

“Managing Your Online Presence,” Advancing Women in Technology, March 2016

“Job Postings and Notifications: What Are Your Liabilities?” Lorman Education Services, December 2015

“Job Postings and Notifications: What Are Your Liabilities?” Clear Law, October 2015

“What's Trending in California Employment Law,” California HR Conference, Anaheim Convention Center, August 2015

“Job Postings and Notifications: What Are Your Liabilities?” Lorman Education Services, June 2015

“What's Trending in the Inland Empire in California Employment Law,” Riverside Employment Law Seminar, April 2015

“What's Trending in California Employment Law,” CDF Webinar Series, January 2015

“Social Networking in Recruiting: The Good, The Bad & The Lawsuits,” CDF Webinar Series, October 2014

“Risk Management in California: The Top Issues That Expose Employers to Claims & Lawsuits,” CDF Webinar Series, May 2014

“Anticipated Trends in Employment Law for 2014,” CDF Webinar Series, January 2014

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, 2017, 2018

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

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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