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WEBINARS

Newly Issued OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards: What California Employers Need to Know Now

Presented: November 11, 2021

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OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards: What California Employers Need to Know Now


Cal/OSHA’s Controversial Amended COVID-19 Regulations & EEOC Vaccine Guidance

Presented: June 23, 2021

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates Employment Law Practice Managing Partner, Eric De Wames and Of Counsel Lisa Aguiar for a discussion on the immediately effective controversial changes made by Cal/OSHA to its regulations intended to keep employees safe at work. Learn what your business must do right now to comply – it’s more than you think! Discover what your business can do to incentivize employees to get vaccinated and what incentives might run afoul of the law.


Part 24: COVID-19 Update – The Appeals Board’s COVID-19 Experience: An Interview With Chief Judge Levy

Presented: April 14, 2021

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan for his interview of Chief Judge Paige Levy, who administrates all of the district offices of the WCAB. She will walk through the COVID-19 experience in the last year, discussing key decision points, challenges, and the impact on practice. Learn what the workers' compensation judges have gone through and the continuing challenges they face. Finally, listen as they discuss what the options might be for going forward on a permanent basis.

Part 23: COVID-19 Update – The Kaiser Experience Through COVID-19

Presented: March 31, 2021

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan for his interview of Risk Managers Debbie Ehsan and Tamie Maynard about Kaiser’s COVID-19 experience. Together, they will explore their challenges and solutions in the last year both as a large employer and health care provider, discuss what is to come and how Kaiser plans to manage the emergent new reality. Benefit from their experience and gain a deeper perspective on the challenges we all face.

Part 22: COVID-19 Update – Vaccines: Employer Mandates and Compensability

Presented: Jan. 20, 2021

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Can an employer mandate a vaccine before employees return to work? What about requiring a vaccine to return from working at home? Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Employment Law Practice Managing Partner, Eric De Wames and special guest, Christine Gerbasi, Vice President, Property & Casualty with Keenan & Associates for a discussion on these issues. The panelists will discuss the full range of responsibilities and choices employers have with regards to vaccines. They will also address the circumstances under which employers may be liable, under civil or workers’ compensation laws, for any injury resulting from a vaccine.

Part 21: COVID-19 Update –– Vaccines Coming to California

Presented: Dec. 15, 2020

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As of mid-December, vaccines for COVID-19 have begun to arrive in California. What are they? Are they safe? What are the dangers, if any? May employers require employees to get a vaccine as a condition of physically returning to work? Should they? What liabilities are associated with the choices facing employers? Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, employment law practice Managing Partner Eric De Wames and a special guest, pulmonary and sleep specialist Dr. Eli Hendel for an in-depth discussion on the nature of the vaccine, what Californians can expect in the coming months, and the challenges employers face.

Part 20: COVID-19 Update –– Answers to Your Questions About Cal/OSHA’s New COVID-19 Regulations

Presented: Dec. 4, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, employment law practice Managing Partner Eric De Wames and Attorney of Counsel Lisa Aguiar in a follow-up discussion to the last webinar (Part 19) covering Cal/OSHA's new COVID-19 regulations. Attendees of that session submitted more questions than could be addressed during the presentation. In this follow-up session, the team addresses the leftover questions. They clarify the most confusing aspects of the new regulations, particularly as they intersect with other requirements that employers face.

Part 19: COVID-19 Update –– Cal/OSHA’s Sudden New COVID-19 Regulations

Presented: Nov. 30, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Attorney of Counsel Lisa Aguiar and MS&A Executive Director Janey Nethery as they discuss Cal/OSHA's lengthy new COVID-19 regulations, which impose upon California employers a plethora of new procedures and compliance mandates. The new regulations are complex, will take a lot of effort to master and took effect on or before Nov. 30.

Part 18: COVID-19 Update –– Assembly Bill 685: Notices and Reporting Requirements For Employers

Presented: Oct. 16, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and employment law specialist Lisa Aguiar as they examine the newly passed AB 685, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. The law requires employers to notify all employees who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and to report to OSHA as well. The requirements are in addition to those of SB 1159, which demands that employers report to their administrators all positive tests and employee populations, plus all of the other required notices of the workers’ compensation system. The speakers discuss AB 685 in depth, and explain and simplify the various notification and reporting duties with which employers in California must comply.

Part 17: COVID-19 Update –– Implementing the New Presumptions

Presented: Oct. 8, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Managing Partner Pilar Mitchell as they explore the practical realities and legal issues surrounding the implementation of Senate Bill 1159. They address frequently asked questions and the new law’s ambiguities. This presentation is a must for all claimspeople and practitioners who need to understand and implement the new requirements.

Part 16: COVID-19 Update –– Senate Bill 1159 and What It Means Now

Presented: Sept. 9, 2020

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The COVID-19 presumption bill has passed! This week, the legislature approved California Senate Bill 1159, now awaiting expected signature by the governor. Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik as they outline and discuss the new law in depth. If signed, it would go into effect immediately. The bill contains new requirements and codifies and expands on many of the emergency measures established by Gov. Newsom over the last several months. The presenters discuss the five primary sections that compose the bill.

Part 15: COVID-19 Update –– The Developing Medical Landscape

Presented: June 25, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Dr. Eli Hendel, a pulmonary and sleep specialist, as they provide updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California's workers' compensation system. The doctor describes the mechanics of the coronavirus and its effects on the human body. He shares what is known about vectors of transmission, the pros and cons of COVID testing and the current status of research on both vaccines and treatment modalities. They finish with a discussion of the implications of the medical information on workplace issues and workers’ compensation.

Part 14: COVID-19 Update –– Workers' Compensation Frequently Asked Questions

Presented: June 18, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Senior Partner Keith Figgins, Managing Partner Pilar Mitchell and Supervising Partner Anthony N. Culpepper Jr. as they provide updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation. They address the most frequently asked questions from industry professionals seeking to operate appropriately in the pandemic era.

Part 13: COVID-19 Update –– Employers' Frequently Asked Questions

Presented: June 9, 2020

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Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Managing Partner Eric De Wames as they provide updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation and employment law, and address the most frequently asked questions from employers seeking to operate appropriately in the pandemic era.

Part 12: COVID-19 Update –– Issues in WC Litigation

Presented: June 4, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, El Segundo Managing Partner Jamilla Harris and Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik as they provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law. They also discuss issues in workers' compensation litigation they've observed in the wake of the changes wrought by the coronavirus –– the "QME crisis," the difficulties of conducting cross-examination in remote video depositions and their expectations for returning to the WCAB.

Part 11: COVID-19 Update –– A Conversation with Jake Jacobsmeyer

Presented: May 28, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey Founding Partner Jake Jacobsmeyer as they discuss the harrowing tale of Jake's personal experience with COVID-19. Jake recounts his odyssey and shares his perspective on both the medical and legal issues surrounding this pandemic.

Part 10: COVID-19 Update –– Planning for Return to Work

Presented: May 21, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates Managing Partner Eric De Wames and Executive Director Janey Nethery as they discuss implementing the government’s plan to reopen California businesses in compliance with California’s strict employment law standards. They identify the steps employers can and should take to protect employees returning to work. They apply OSHA, wage-and-hour, ADA and leave law issues to the reinvented workplace to help businesses navigate the shifting tides of our COVID era.

Part 9: COVID-19 Update –– Psychiatric Injuries

Presented: May 14, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik as they provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law. They also address the compensability of psychiatric injuries related to COVID-19, and discuss what constitutes an actual event of employment. They analyze whether employers should be liable for actions mandated by the government, and whether exposure to COVID-19 could be considered a violent act.

Part 8: Gov. Newsom’s New Executive Order re: COVID-19 and What It Means Now

Presented: May 8, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan as he discusses Gov. Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-62-20, issued May 6, 2020. If specific conditions are met, the order deems any illness related to COVID-19 presumed to arise out of and in the course of the employment for purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits. He outlines the conditions, and discusses the implications for employers, injured workers and practitioners throughout the system.

Part 7: COVID-19 Update –– Interplay Between COVID-19 and Other Conditions

Presented: May 7, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik as they provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law. They discuss the interplay between COVID-19 and other conditions –– when nonindustrial COVID-19 aggravates an industrial condition and vice versa. They also examine injuries that occur while working from home.

Part 6: COVID-19 Update –– When Is COVID-19 Work-Related?

Presented: April 30, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, et al. Co-Managing Partner Adam Dombchik as they provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law. They discuss two new emergency regulations on the medical-legal process, then examine nonoccupational diseases and guidelines for determining when they are and are not compensable. Finally, they cover injuries working from home.

Part 5: COVID-19 Update –– Liability for Temporary Disability Benefits

Presented: April 23, 2020

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Summary: Join Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Managing Partner Rosa Williams as they provide an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law and discuss in depth the employer’s liability for temporary disability benefits under scenarios the pandemic has created. They examine potential liability for temporary disability when an employer shuts down because of COVID-19, and the obligations when an employee is temporarily totally or temporarily partially disabled. They cover both potential 132a claims for discrimination and benefits for employees who are quarantined but don’t contract COVID-19.

Part 4: COVID-19 Update –– Duty to Provide a Claim Form

Presented: April 16, 2020

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Summary: Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan updates participants on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation law and dives deeply into the employer's duty to provide a claim form for COVID-19 cases. He addresses questions including:

  • When must or should an employer provide a claim form?
  • What are the consequences for failure to provide a claim form?
  • Does the employer have an obligation to provide benefits and/or investigate claims if an employee doesn’t or can’t file a claim form?

The information provided in this webinar might have changed due to constant COVID-19 updates. Michael Sullivan & Associates advises you to consult your attorney for the most up-to-date status.

Part 3: COVID-19 Update –– The Burning Issues

Presented: April 9, 2020

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Summary: Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan and Managing Partner Eric De Wames provide updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California workers' compensation and employment law.

The two-hour webinar examines newly issued laws, orders and guidance from federal and state authorities, and highlights the latest information. The presenters provide perspective on issues that are rapidly emerging in a shifting environment for practitioners and employers. They address areas of conflict among these newly issued edicts and existing law, offer guidance on how to move forward and share insight about possible long-term implications.

The information provided in this webinar might have changed due to constant COVID-19 updates. Michael Sullivan & Associates advises you to consult your attorney for the most up-to-date status.

Part 2: The Interactive Process and Reasonable Accommodation

Presented: March 18, 2020

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Summary: Michael Sullivan & Associates Senior Partner Keith Figgins and Managing Partner Eric De Wames discuss the interactive process and reasonable accommodation. This is the second in a two-part series presented to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team covers the topic as it pertains to both the coronavirus and to general best practices and obligations. The webinar examines requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, strategies for compliance, preventive measures for prospective litigation, reactionary measures and best practices and obligations.

The information provided in this webinar might have changed due to constant COVID-19 updates. Michael Sullivan & Associates advises you to consult your attorney for the most up-to-date status.

Part 1: Workers’ Compensation Liability & Employment Law Practices for the Coronavirus

Presented: March 18, 2020

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Summary: Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Managing Partner Eric De Wames and Managing Attorney Afsha Randera discuss workers’ compensation liability and employment law practices for the coronavirus. This is the first part in the series of videos on best practices and obligations regarding COVID-19.

The webinar examines where to get information about COVID-19 and workers’ compensation liability for nonoccupational diseases. It also addresses exceptions to the rule of noncompensability, Labor Code § 3208.05, preventive measures, reactionary measures and best practices and obligations.

The information provided in this webinar might have changed due to constant COVID-19 updates. Michael Sullivan & Associates advises you to consult your attorney for the most up-to-date status.

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