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Floyd, Skeren and Kelly is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual 2014 Northern California Employment Law Conference.  The Keynote Speaker will be Phyllis W. Cheng, Director, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The Conference will cover important workplace topics related to the Interactive Process, Disability Leave, Pregnancy Leave, the Affordable Care Act, Workers’ Compensation and the crossover issues related to the Fair Employment Act, and much more. The event is scheduled for November 6, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell Street in Emeryville.

California has over 16 statutes related to employee leaves of absences. These statutes are often confusing and more significantly, often impose overlapping employer obligations. This presentation will identify those statutes, focusing in on the triangle of leave related statutes that pose the biggest headache for employers: workers’ compensation, the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Family Rights Act/Family and Medical Leave.

Significant changes have been proposed to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) which governs family and medical leave. This presentation will review key sections of the proposed regulations.

When an employee is injured, all California employers must comply with workers’ compensation laws and all employers with five or more employees must comply with the overlapping disability discrimination laws under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) which are likely triggered when an employee sustains a work related injury. Failure to understand the employer’s obligations under both sets of laws can turn a straightforward workers’ compensation case into a FEHA nightmare. This presentation will provide key guidance, focusing on:

1) How a workers’ compensation case can evolve into a FEHA matter;
2) Best practices for complying with FEHA in workers’ compensation cases;
3) A review of the employer’s IP obligations in a workers’ compensation case;
4) Global settlements in a workers’ compensation case;
5) What to expect if a workers’ compensation case becomes a FEHA lawsuit.

Multiple state and federal laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, govern the amount of pregnancy leave that an employee may be entitled to receive. Employers are often surprised to learn that due to these overlapping laws, eligible pregnant employees may be entitled to more than 7 months of pregnancy leave. Although that may seem like a substantial amount of leave, an employer’s failure to provide the appropriate amount of pregnancy leave can result in a costly claim for pregnancy discrimination. Key areas of this problem area will be discussed.

MCLE and CE credits will be provided. This program, 223509, has been approved for 7 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Please visit the FSK website for registration information.