[Webinar Recording] Going Through Withdrawal: Avoiding, Minimizing and Fighting Withdrawal Liability

On June 24, 2020, Mark M. Trapp of Conn Maciel Carey presented a complimentary webinar regarding “Going Through Withdrawal: Avoiding, Minimizing and Fighting Withdrawal Liability.”Capture 6.22

This webinar addressed the significant challenges faced by companies participating in multiemployer plans. Specifically, it helped unionized employers understand and analyze what is often the most critical challenge facing their business – multiemployer pension withdrawal liability.

Participants learned about the following: Continue reading

Withdrawal Liability

On Wednesday, June 24th at 1:00 PM Eastern, Mark M. Trapp of Conn Maciel Carey will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Withdrawal Liability.”Capture 6.22

This webinar will address the significant challenges faced by companies participating in multiemployer plans. Specifically, it will help unionized employers understand and analyze what is often the most critical challenge facing their business – multiemployer pension withdrawal liability.

Participants will learn about the following: Continue reading

Conn Maciel Carey’s Multi-Disciplinary COVID-19 Task Force Resources

As employers around the country grapple with the employment law and workplace safety implications of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”), COVID-19 Task Force PageConn Maciel Carey formed a national, multi-disciplinary legal and regulatory task force dedicated to helping our clients across all industries manage the multitude of pandemic-related issues employers are facing and preparing them for the tidal wave of litigation that is waiting around the corner.

As part of our COVID-19 Task Force, the firm’s dedicated Workplace Safety, Labor and Employment, and Litigation attorneys have produced a comprehensive set of resources to guide employers through this uncharted territory and the unique workplace challenges presented by the presence of a new health hazard in our nation’s workplaces.

We have now pulled those resources together in a single location — Conn Maciel Carey’s COVID-19 Task Force Page, where employers can find:

Our COVID-19 Task Force has spent the last few months working with our clients to: Continue reading

[Webinar Recording] Returning to Work Strategies: Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19

On May 7, 2020, Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s COVID-19 Taskforce presented a complimentary webinar: Returning to Work Strategies – Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19.

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As the federal government and states begin to relax shutdown and stay-at-home orders and non-essential businesses begin to resume or ramp-up operations, employers need to plan for the safe and healthy return of their employees, customers, and guests back into the workplace.  During this webinar, participants heard from members of Conn Maciel Carey’s COVID-19 Task Force as they discussed how to develop and implement a Return-to-Work Plan.

Participants learned about the following: Continue reading

Conn Maciel Carey Expands OSHA Practice by Addition of Legendary Cal/OSHA Specialist Attorney Fred Walter

Conn Maciel Carey is pleased to announce the addition to its national Workplace Safety Practice of renowned Cal/OSHA attorney Fred Walter.

Mr. Walter has spent more than 35 years working with employers to defend OSHA and Cal/OSHA citations, as well as developing and auditing safety programs to answer regulatory mandates. He also represents employers in defense of “serious and willful misconduct” claims and provides crisis management services.  Fred WalterFor the past twelve years, Mr. Walter was the Managing Partner of a premier Cal/OSHA defense firm, Walter & Prince LLP.

“Fred is a true legend of the OSHA Bar.  The opportunity to align with him and enable our young lawyers, and really all of us, to benefit from his experience, knowledge, and mentorship, will help solidify Conn Maciel Carey as the premier workplace safety law firm in the country,” said Eric J. Conn, Chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety Practice Group.  “In addition to bringing decades of experience and knowledge, it is Fred’s creative approach and focus on consensus-building, rather than bridge-burning, that make him such a great fit with our team,” Eric added.

Mr. Walter’s diverse clientele includes employers in all of the construction trades, manufacturing, warehousing, freight handling, logging, farm labor contracting, food processing, and wineries.  In his over three decades of practice, Fred has acquired a wealth of knowledge of Cal/OSHA regulations and enforcement and developed unique relationships and established credibility with the players within Cal/OSHA and among its Counsel.

“It is clear from talking with Fred that he loves the work he does and cares about the people for and with whom he does it.  And he brings such a depth of experience with Cal/OSHA defense and counseling, as well as unique relationships with the players at Cal/OSHA, that will enhance the workplace safety legal services we provide to employers across all industries,” said Andrew J. Sommer, Managing Partner of the firm’s California practice.

Fred will be based out of the firm’s San Francisco office, and will help assist the firm’s clients up and down the West Coast.

“I have admired Eric Conn for years and have been impressed with the firm that he, Kara and Bryan have built,” said Mr. Walter. “They practice with integrity and a lot of common sense. I work hard to find practical and efficient solutions to my clients’ problems, and I know they do as well. I look forward to continuing to support my clients with assistance from them and their deep bench of OSHA specialist attorneys across the country.”

Here is a link to a press release issued by the Firm about this exciting development.

[Webinar] Returning to Work Strategies: Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 2 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern, join Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s COVID-19 Taskforce for a complimentary webinar: Returning to Work Strategies – Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19.

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As the federal government and states begin to relax shutdown and stay-at-home orders and non-essential businesses begin to resume or ramp-up operations, employers need to plan for the safe and healthy return of their employees, customers, and guests back into the workplace.  During this webinar, participants will hear from members of Conn Maciel Carey’s COVID-19 Task Force as they discuss how to develop and implement a Return-to-Work Plan.

Participants will learn about the following:

  • How to recall furloughed employees to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program
  • New federal paid leave laws and their application to employees returning from furlough
  • Navigating the FLSA requirements for exempt employees who may be performing non-exempt work as work ramps up
  • Preventing third-party interference from labor unions and organizing attempts
  • COVID-19 Infection/Exposure Control Plans
  • Pre-shift Health Screening Protocols and best practices (e.g., temperature checks and health/symptom questionnaires)
  • Effective engineering and administrative controls to mitigate potential exposures to COVID-19 in the workplace
  • Decisions about Personal Protective Equipment, Respirators, Face Masks, and Face Coverings
  • Recording and Reporting to OSHA and workforce about confirmed employee COVID-19 infections
  • “Lessons learned” from the first wave of COVID-19 furloughs and how to prepare for the potential second wave in the Fall

Click here to register for the May 7th webinar.  This will be the 5th webinar event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2020 Labor and Employment Webinar Series.  Click here to view our full schedule, detailed program descriptions, and individual registration pages for all of the webinars in the 2020 Labor and Employment Webinar Series.  To register for all of Conn Maciel Carey’s Labor and Employment webinars, click here to send an email request to info@connmaciel.com 2020 Employment Webinar Series Banner Standalone, and we will get you automatically registered.  If you missed any of our past webinars in our annual Labor and Employment Webinar Series, here is a link to Conn Maciel Carey’s webinar archive.

[Webinar] Returning to Work Strategies: Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 2 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern, join Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s COVID-19 Taskforce for a complimentary webinar: Returning to Work Strategies – Employment and Workplace Safety Implications of COVID-19.

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As the federal government and states begin to relax shutdown and stay-at-home orders and non-essential businesses begin to resume or ramp-up operations, employers need to plan for the safe and healthy return of their employees, customers, and guests back into the workplace.  During this webinar, participants will hear from members of Conn Maciel Carey’s COVID-19 Task Force as they discuss how to develop and implement a Return-to-Work Plan.

Participants will learn about the following: Continue reading

[Webinar] Impact of the #MeToo Movement: Changes in Enforcement and State Law

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Kara M. Maciel and Lindsay A. DiSalvo will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Impact of the #MeToo Movement: Changes in Enforcement and State Law.”

Over the past three years, we have seen the continued momentum of the #MeToo shutterstock_metooMovement and its impacts – beyond the immediate and direct effects of the specific allegations – have taken shape. Back in 2017, the #MeToo Movement was invigorated by a slew of high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault and tens of thousands of people, largely women, voicing their own experiences on social media using the hashtag “Metoo.” In the wake of the prominence of the Movement and its influence on the discourse surrounding issues of harassment, the states and the federal government have taken action to tackle what they see as the underlying issues that foster harassment. And one of the main areas of focus has been preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the work environment.

Indeed, several states, such as New York and Illinois, have passed laws requiring employers to implement such things as sexual harassment prevention policies and training at their facilities – some of the laws even specifically describe what those policies and/or training’s must contain. Other states have also implemented such restrictions as bans on including sexual harassment claims in mandatory arbitration agreements. Simultaneously, we have seen an uptick in the number of sexual harassment charges filed and pursued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Thus, it is essential for employers to understand the legal requirements and restrictions surrounding this issue to ensure compliance with federal and state law.

Participants will learn about the following: Continue reading

COVID-19 FAQs for Employers – Answers to Frequently Asked Employment Law and OSHA Regulatory Questions

As employers around the country grapple with the employment law and workplace safety regulatory implications of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now called “COVID-19,” the Labor & Employment Law and OSHA specialist attorneys at Conn Maciel Carey LLP have been fielding countless questions and helping our clients and friends in industry manage this pandemic.

To aid employers, we have created an extensive index of frequently asked questions with our answers about HR, employment law, and OSHA regulatory related developments and guidance.  Here are the categories addressed in the FAQs tool:

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[Webinar Recording] How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:30 PM Eastern, Eric J. ConnKara M. MacielAmanda R. Strainis-Walker, and Lindsay A. DiSalvo presented a complimentary webinar regardingOSHA Employment Crossover Webinar (Dec. 2019) “How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions.”
There have been a number of significant developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now officially called “COVID-19.”  Today, the world health organization declared a global pandemic and there are over 1000 confirmed cases in the United States.

Participants in this webinar learned about recent developments and federal legal guidance including: Continue reading