Paul, Plevin's Annual Employment Law Update Webinar

Friday, November 06, 2020

EXTENDED AVAILABILTY now through January 31, 2021

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Preparing for the Next Wave of New Workplace Laws

In this year’s Workplace Law Update, we will tackle the unprecedented impacts of the pandemic on the workplace, and translate the decisions of courts and policy makers into human resources action items, emphasizing the changes employers should make in their policies, practices and employment-related documents to stay ahead of the curve.  

  • New Developments: It wasn’t just COVID this year, despite how it feels. We will discuss all the recent California and federal legal decisions and new laws that you need to know to stay up to date on employment law. As always, we will focus on the practical implications of the year’s developments and provide advice for integrating new laws into your personnel practices and policies.
  • Wage and Hour New Developments: In this segment, we will review the year’s developments and upcoming changes to the law in the areas of meal and rest periods, overtime exemptions, unlimited vacation policies, compensability of activities before and after scheduled work time, and tracking work time of non-exempt remote employees. We will also discuss current trends in wage and hour litigation.
  • Special COVID-19 New Developments: In a very short period of time, COVID-19 has forced employers to digest an unprecedented number of new laws and regulations. The haste and complexity of these laws has resulted in challenging new issues and legal claims. In this segment we will review the most important new laws and agency guidance, provide examples of COVID-related claims being filed in CA, and discuss how to avoid them. Special topics include furloughs, layoffs, plant closure considerations under COVID; return to work issues and recalcitrant returners; employee privacy issues; accommodation interplay; and navigating key COVID-related safety and PPE requirements.
  • Labor Law Update and Trends: Must employers bargain with their labor union over a temporary closure or furloughs and layoffs caused by the pandemic? How can employers negotiate a new labor agreement with its union when future business is uncertain due to the pandemic?  Can employers expect help from the “Trump NLRB” in navigating the difficult issues presented by COVID-19? We will answer these questions and others in this practical discussion of challenges presented to unionized employers during the pandemic.
  • Remote Work Issues: As millions of employees rapidly shifted to remote work, myriad legal and personnel issues arose. Now, as employers begin to think about brining employees back on-site, or consider permanent remote work arrangements, additional challenges exist. In this segment we will discuss, and offer practical solutions to, the primary legal issues and personnel challenges presented by remote work arrangements. Special topics include expense reimbursements; wage and hour issues for hourly workers; compensable travel time; avoiding unwanted precedents; maintaining communication and responsiveness; and responding to employee complaints.
  • Politics and Social Justice in the Workplace: As divisive issues like election year politics, Black Lives Matter, and “cancel culture” enter the workplace, employers must navigate complicated legal considerations including constitutional free speech and privacy rights, federal laws protecting concerted employee activity, as well as state laws protecting lawful off-duty conduct. In this segment we will describe the application of such laws in private and public sector workplaces, provide real-life examples, and offer strategies for managing employee expression in the workplace and social media.
  • A Peek Into the Crystal Ball: Rich Paul describes recent trends and predicts upcoming labor and employment issues that we’ll be grappling with in the next year. Special topics include the permanent effects of the pandemic on the way we work; the future of gig work in CA and elsewhere; CA revisiting affirmative action; 5-G and the new world of connection; the rise of an implied right of free speech; inevitable impacts of AI; upskilling workers in the post-pandemic economy; and “damage to the brand” as the new capital offense.

Workplace Law 2021

Content available on-demand now through January 31, 2021

Cost: $75.00

Includes 4 hours of high-quality and entertaining presentations, in 20-50 minutes segments. As well as: 

  • All speaker presentation materials
  • Comprehensive written summaries of all the year’s relevant new employment decisions, statutes, and regulations
  • Human Resources Checklist to prepare for 2021
  • Comprehensive FFCRA Guide for Employers

MCLE credit approved.
HRCI credit available.

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