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Workers’ Compensation Reform and Disability Leave Laws

ARCHIVED COMMUNITY EVENT: June 13, 2013

Speakers:
Nicole Minkow, Senior Employment Counsel, Pearlman, Borska & Wax

Barry Pearlman, Partner, Pearlman, Borska & Wax

 

Will Review:
 

Barry Pearlman:

We Live In Interesting Times...California Workers' Compensation Reform Update under SB 863.

On August 31, 2012, the final day of the California legislative session, a bill that appeared destine to fail, was passed by the legislatures and sent to the Governor’s desk for approval.  On September 19, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown Approved SB 863.  The revisions made will have a profound effect on employers in the State of California.  The changes which were sold to California employers with a promise of a $1.1 million dollars savings could actually increase employer's costs of workers' compensation.  Please join us as we discuss the significant changes that are effective January 1, 2013 and how they will impact the employer on issues of Return-To-Work, Predesignation of Treating Physician, Medical Provider Networks and the new Independent Medical Review and Independent Bill Review programs.

 

Nicole Minkow

Navigating the Discrimination and Retaliation Maze: Learning How To Avoid Common Landmines and Pitfalls With a Disabled Worker.

Managing your workforce when employees are absent for work-related injuries can be a challenge.  The myriad of potential landmines can be complicated.  The cross-over between a disabled employee’s workers’ compensation rights and the obligations imposed by the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other leave of absence, discrimination and retaliation laws can confuse the most seasoned Human Resource professional.  This seminar will assist you in recognizing potential issues and concerns before they become litigation nightmares.  Attendees will learn the following key points:
• How to recognize crossover issues before it is too late;
• How to avoid retaliation claims brought by injured workers and disabled employees;
• What to do when termination of a disabled worker is in the best interests of the company;
• Best practices for preventing discrimination claims; and
• Common pitfalls created by an injured worker and how to avoid them.

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