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2018 Los Angeles Employment & Workers’ Compensation Law Seminar

Event Details

Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Address: Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, California 91608
Fee: $75.00 (includes parking, breakfast, lunch, continuing education units and raffle entry)

Lewis Brisbois welcomes all insurance claims/risk managers, workers' compensation administrators, corporate decision makers with responsibility for employee relations – human resource executives and professionals, in-house legal counsel, chief executive officers, and financial executives for a full day of learning and networking. This program will provide a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of employment and workers' compensation law. You will gain insight on how to effectively manage employment and workers' compensation-related risks and better avoid claim filing and claim fabrication. Receive continuing education credits and enter our raffle for your chance to win some great prizes!







Opening Remarks, Frank Cannizzaro & Steven Gatley


California and the Legalization of Marijuana: Is Marijuana Use Now a Reasonable Form of Treatment? Frank Cannizzaro

With opioid abuse on the rise and the legalization of recreational marijuana use in California, will marijuana become the alternative form of treatment to cure or relieve pain from injuries? Medicine, under section 7.30 in the Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review, is defined as “substances that have a known medicinal benefit when used in the treatment of illness, injury or disease.” In this presentation, you will learn about federal, state, and case law involving marijuana as a drug and treatment and how those legislative classifications can effect its value as a “known medicinal benefit.” You will also become familiar with recent research regarding marijuana’s possible medical benefits. Finally, you will also learn about intoxication as a defense to workers’ compensation claims and the role that marijuana use can play in utilizing that defense. 


Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update: Medical Treatment, Jill Grathwohl   

Focusing on recent cases addressing medical treatment issues, the varying positions on these issues of the applicant and defense bar, and likely judicial responses. The purpose of this session is to provide an approach for clients to address ongoing medical treatment issues, and the best course of action to resolve the issues and bring the case toward resolution.




What the Coming MTUS Formulary Means for You, Ryan Frazier & Steven Bondy

As of January 1, 2018, the Department of Industrial Relations Medical Unit adopted a Formulary, which classifies all medication as either “exempt,” “non-exempt,” or “unlisted”. This formulary has the potential to impact every open Workers’ Compensation claim. In this presentation, you will learn how to get the most out of this change in the law. You will learn how to reduce the cost of the medical portion of your Workers’ Compensation claims, and how to avoid penalties for violating the new rules regarding the provision of “exempt” medications.


Attack of the Double Dipper: Strategies to Undermine Employees Who Prosecute Workers’ Compensation and Employment Claims at the Same Time, Alexander "A.J" Harwin 

Your employee claims that you (the employer) discriminated against and failed to accommodate his disability, but at the same time claims in his workers’ compensation case that he is too disabled to ever work again. How can an employee make such a diametrically contradictory claim? You have seen this happen time and time again. We will teach you how to immediately tackle such claims in the defense of workers’ compensation and employment claims and ensure that your company is ready for the attack of a double dipper.




Times are Changing: Sexual Harassment Investigations in the #MeToo and “Time’s Up” Era, the Increase of Sexual Harassment Litigation, Confidentiality, and Tax Implication, Rachel Lee 

#MeToo.  #TimesUp.  Sexual harassment and assault claims are on the rise everywhere we look – Hollywood, the workplace, educational institutions, and more. High profile examples, from Harvey Weinstein to Larry Nassar, have set public sentiment ablaze with movements to expose and eradicate sexual harassment and assault. In this presentation, you will learn both pre-claim best practices and post-claim litigation and resolution strategies.  We will discuss preventative measures and safeguards to minimize future claims given the evolving landscape of sexual harassment litigation and the impending U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s sexual harassment enforcement guidance manual. We will also cover the impact of this movement on litigation, including the potential for a rise in claims, tax implications, and changes to confidentiality provisions as well as arbitration agreements.


Defending Against Wage and Hour Liability, William Sung 

California wage and hour lawsuits are one of the most prolific and potentially devastating areas to a company’s continued success. This presentation will provide an overview of California’s wage and hour laws, legal updates, and common mistakes, as well as best practices to help employers navigate these dangerous waters.





Constitutional Rights in the Workplace: Religion, Disabilities, Social Media, Race and Politics, Kristalyn Lee & Nick Haynes 

Now more than ever, people are empowered to express their opinions, views, and experiences. Whether a political T-shirt, religious moniker, or opinionated social media post, employees and employers alike can enjoy a wide variety of means and forums to express themselves, but how does this exercise of free speech and expression translate in the workplace, or even outside the workplace? Are there constitutional rights of free speech or similar protections for these employee expressions while at work or elsewhere? This presentation will assist employers in maneuvering the delicate balance between observing legal protections afforded to employee expression while effectively and fairly managing the workplace.


Raffle and Concluding Remarks


Event Concludes


This program will be eligible for 5 hours of MCLE, CEU and HRCI certification.




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