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November 20, 2021

Session Agenda for Thursday, November 4th 

8:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. PT

Employment Legislative and Case Law Update

This session will cover the pertinent 2021 employment law developments, trends and issues to watch in 2022, as well as how to implement the new laws, which are effective 1/1/2022.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer and Antwoin Wall

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. PT

The Snowball Effect: The Runaway Workers’ Compensation Claim and Employer Exposure

HR professionals will learn how one workers’ compensation injury can amount to administrative, civil, and regulatory legal exposure and damages. Further, they will learn about global negotiation strategies and litigation defenses to combat and limit exposure on all fronts.

Speakers: Yvonne Lang, Corinne Spencer and Saerim Luciano

12:15 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. PT

Tackling the Animal: Violent Acts & Catastrophic Injury Exceptions for Psyche Impairment Under Labor Code § 4660.1(c)(2)

A discussion of the legal requirements and recent caselaw outlining an applicant’s burden of proving application of psyche impairment under the violent act or catastrophic injury exceptions, as well as defense strategies.

Speaker: Ani Baghdassarian and Yvonne Lang

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

One Layer At A Time: Insulating Your Business From Wage and Hour Exposure

HR professionals will learn how to audit their workforce to minimize and limit wage and hour claims, from individuals, class or representative actions. They will also learn of the pitfalls and risks that arise from the failures to do so and how to draft agreements with independent contractors.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer and Antwoin Wall

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PT

COVID-19 – A Litigation and Vaccination Update

HR Professionals will learn about the status of local, state, and federal mandatory vaccine policies. They will also learn about current case law involving COVID-19 and workers’ compensation exclusivity. Further, they will learn about and be reminded of COVID-19 reporting obligations.

Speakers: Corinne Spencer, Saerim Luciano and Yvonne Lang

The hybrid seminar includes presentations you can attend in-person or tune-in via a live streaming feature. PB&W attorneys will lead panel discussions on today’s most pressing issues affecting California employers, best practices employers can implement to comply with recent events that are redefining the workplace, an overview of new California laws as we head into 2022, and much more. Topics will cover:

Employment law issues, such as:

  • COVID-19 return to work, mandatory vaccine policies and Cal/OSHA updates.
  • Employee v. independent contractors and how to insulate your business from wage and hour exposure.
  • An overview of 2022 law updates and employment cases that impact California employers.

Workers’ compensation issues, such as:

  • What is a catastrophic injury?
  • How to determine when an injury arises out of a violent act?

Employment law / workers’ compensation crossover issues, such as:

  • Issues of serious and willful misconduct.
  • Runaway workers’ compensation claims and adverse actions by employers.



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