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

"Expense Reimbursement Guidelines in California Have Acquired an Infection," OC Lawyer Magazine, August 2021

"3 Wage and Hour Tips for Weathering Natural Emergencies," Quoted, Law360 Employment Authority, June 2021

"Temperature Checks Are Gone From Some Theme Parks and Elsewhere," Quoted, CNN, May 2021

"Zoom Meetings, Hybrid Work Models - What to expect when returning to the office,” Podcast Interview, KCRW/NPR, April 2021

"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

Written Opinions

Levanoff v. Dragas, 65 Cal. App. 5th 1079 (2021), rehearing denied (July 14, 2021)

Presentations

A Sampling of Most Recent Presentations:

 “Employer Considerations for Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine and Best Practices for Bringing Employees Back-to-Work,” Greater LA Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, April 2021 

"Emerging Litigation Areas in 2021 Stemming from COVID-19 Pandemic," Co-Presenter, CDF COVID Education Week, December 2020

"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

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 - 2021

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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Can Valentine’s Day Be Celebrated at Work in the Era of #Metoo

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Hiring Drivers as Contractors in California? Be Careful. - Todd Wulffson Interviewed by Chris Brown of Auto…

July 18, 2018

#WhatToDo about #MeToo? An Employer's Guide to Preventing Liability for Workplace Sexual Harassment -…

March 2, 2018

Judge in OC Encampments Suit Asking Cities to Prove Anti-Camping Ordinance Isn’t Criminalizing the…

February 6, 2018

Debating Walmart's Move to Lock Up African-American Targeted Beauty Products - Todd Wulffson on Air…

February 1, 2018

Workplace Violence: Protect Yourself and Your Employees - By Todd Wulffson

January 29, 2018

Denisha McKenzie Installed as President of The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association - Orange County

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Workplace Violence Training: Why Your Organization Needs to Do It - by Todd Wulffson

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Sexual Harassment Scandals Put Businesses On High Alert - #MeToo - by Todd Wulffson for Pasadena Star-News

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Cracking the Code on Anti-Discrimination Policies for Your Small Business - by Todd Wulffson for Small…

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Lessons Learned From 'Geffen Playhouse' Age Discrimination Suite - by Todd Wulffson for The Recorder

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Lawyers as Employers: Top 5 Management Mistakes to Avoid

September 12, 2017

Todd Wulffson Featured in PacerMonitor Article "State Medical Cannabis Laws Stoke Workplace Litigation…

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July 21, 2017

"Bachelor in Paradise" Shows How to Avoid Office Scandals

July 14, 2017

Todd Wulffson Quoted In Specialty Fabric Review Article "Pre-Employment Background Checks"

April 6, 2017

Todd Wulffson Quoted In ModelRetailer's Article "Digging Deeper - You Need Pre-Employment…

February 27, 2017

The Wage Equality Act of 2016: Promoting Equity or Stunting Employment?

February 14, 2017

CDF Attorney Named President-Elect of Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

January 30, 2017

Todd Wulffson & Denisha McKenzie Author Article "Learn These 10 Strategies To Avoid Common &…

January 18, 2017

Todd Wulffson Interviewed In Security Info Watch Article "Background Check Best Practices"

January 18, 2017

Todd Wulffson Contributes to Article on Hiring.Monster.com "2017 Staffing: Will Law and Regulation…

January 10, 2017

Todd Wulffson Quotes in SHRM.org Article "California Employees Must Have Uninterrupted Rest Breaks"

January 6, 2017

Todd Wulffson and Rick Green Provide Commentary in the LA Daily News Article "New Business Laws for…

December 24, 2016

Todd Wulffson Authors Article "New California Law Demands Racial Pay Equity" for Talent…

December 23, 2016

In A Lighthearted Look At Imaginary Litigation, Todd Wulffson Writes Article For Press Enterprise On…

December 19, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in Article "Are You Limiting Candidates With Biased Job Ads?"

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Todd Wulffson Quoted in What's Working in HR Newsletter Article "Avoiding Legal Problems When…

December 12, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in Article "A Closer Look - Pre-employment Background Checks are Essential, but…

December 12, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle Article "Even If Prop. 64 Passes, You Still Can't…

November 7, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in Article "Cannabis Conundrum: The High Risks & Rewards Of Legalized…

October 27, 2016

Todd Wulffson Talks With Glassdoor.com Regarding Potentially Litigious Situations During Salary Negotiations

October 26, 2016

Todd Wulffson Authors Article "The Economy May Rise or Fall, But Employment Litigation Never Stops"

October 17, 2016

Todd Wulffson Authors Article "Avoiding Litigation From Employee Recruiting Practices" For Law360

October 4, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted In Article "How Better Job Market Can Bring Legal Headaches - Businesses Need to…

September 27, 2016

Todd Wulffson and David Szwarcsztejn Co-Author "Legal Pitfalls: Strategies to Avoid Employee…

September 21, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in San Fernando Valley Business Journal Article "Record Payouts Point To Growth…

September 6, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted In QSR Magazine On The Effect Of The Minimum Wage Increase & New Overtime…

August 2, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in IE3 Article "Can You Dictate Your Workers’ Private Lives?"

May 5, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in Pizza Today re Post-Hire Drug Testing

March 3, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in Fleet Owner Article Regarding Employee v. Independent Contractor

January 25, 2016

Todd Wulffson Quoted in ABA Journal Article re Medical Marijuana

December 2, 2015

Todd Wulffson Authors Article for Today's General Counsel

October 12, 2015

Todd Wulffson & Emily Borman Author Article for Attorney Journal OC "Big Brother, Big Liability"

September 1, 2015

Todd Wulffson Quoted In SHRM Article "Supporting Transgender Employees"

August 31, 2015

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Todd Wullfson Quoted in Press Enterprise Article on Workplace Bullying

June 22, 2015

Todd Wulffson Quoted in OC Register Article "Religion In The Workplace"

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March 3, 2015

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January 16, 2015

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September 12, 2014

CDF Successfully Defends Mortgage Lender in Non-Solicitation Lawsuit

June 27, 2014

Todd Wulffson and Shirin Forootan Author Article: Fifteen Developments in Employment Law for 2014

April 18, 2014

Partner Todd Wulffson Quoted In SHRM Article On Nestle’s Youth Employment Initiative

January 6, 2014

Partner Todd Wulffson Quoted In Employee Terminations Law Bulletin

November 30, 2013

Todd Wulffson Quoted In HR Executive Regarding Reduction In Force

October 29, 2013

Partner Todd Wulffson Quoted in HR Executive Online on EEOC Recoveries on the Rise

April 3, 2013

Todd R. Wulffson Returns to CDF as a Partner

February 22, 2012

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