CDF Webinar Series: Healthcare Education Week
Join CDF Labor Law LLP's attorneys and industry experts for a week-long complimentary virtual webinar series addressing the most compelling topics facing the healthcare industry today.
Speakers will discuss a series of thought-provoking sessions, spread over 5 days during the week of October 4-8, 2021 from 10-11 am (Pacific)*, delivered right to your desk virtually, and for free. Our speakers will provide up-to-the-minute legal, regulatory, and policy developments for healthcare-related businesses with California-based workforces.
Registrants can choose to attend all or as many presentations as they would like to during the registration process. IMPORTANT: In order to receive a link to any recorded version of the webinars, attendees must have registered for all five presentations.
To download a PDF of the Virtual Conference Brochure, click here.
Certificates for attendance will be available for CA MCLE, SHRM & HRCI.
*Some session lengths may be extended over the hour timeframe due to content.
Monday, October 4: Internal Investigations & The Power Dynamics in the Healthcare Setting
-Daphne Bishop, Esq., Partner & Chair of CDF's Internal Investigations Practice Group
Employment relationships in the healthcare industry are notoriously complex. Due to the intense work environment, heightened stressors due to the COVID pandemic, and the racial injustice movement, employers in the healthcare industry have seen an increasing number of claims of discrimination, harassment, microaggression and bullying. During this session, Partner & Chair of CDF’s Internal Investigations Practice, Daphne Bishop will cover investigating the multitude of such allegations that are taking place in today’s healthcare setting. Daphne will take an in-depth dive into the best practices when conducting investigations, including the challenges and solutions relating to remote investigations, the procedural issues that arise in healthcare organizations that must be followed, and much more.
Tuesday, October 5: Retaining & Protecting Healthcare Personnel in Today's Challenging Environment
-Hannah K. Kiernan, JD, ACC, Principal at Kiernan Consulting Group LLC
-Mark Reed, CHPA, Director of Support Services at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital
Retaining and keeping healthcare personnel safe in today’s stressful and volatile workplace is challenging, at best. CDF has brought together two experts to address the top concerns in these areas and to provide practical advice and guidance for those in charge of managing a workforce in the healthcare setting. This panel will identify innovative strategies for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to assist employees as they navigate the daily pressures associated with working in an intense environment during a global pandemic. Attendees will learn best practices for maintaining a safe working environment, improving retention, reducing stressors, and how COVID-19 and social justice issues have impacted diversity in the workforce and more. Join us to learn how you can help your employees remain productive, safe and engaged given the broad range of issues the healthcare industry is currently facing.
Wednesday, October 6: What Healthcare Employers Can Expect from the NLRB Under the Biden Administration
-Mark Spring, Esq., Partner & Chair of CDF's Traditional Labor Practice Group
-John Giovannone, Esq., Partner, CDF Labor Law LLP
-David Fortney, Esq., Co-Founder, Fortney & Scott, LLC
During this session, Partner and Chair of CDF’s Traditional Labor Practice, Mark Spring, Partner John Giovannone, and David Fortney, Shareholder with Fortney Scott in Washington DC, will review a variety of issues related to union activity in the healthcare industry. These experienced practitioners will discuss bargaining activity due to COVID-19, the PRO Act of 2021 and its potential effect on the healthcare industry, and how the changes in the make-up of the NLRB are likely to influence labor activity in the industry.
Thursday, October 7: Combatting the Rise in Wage & Hour and PAGA Litigation in the Healthcare Industry
-Tim Freudenberger, Esq., Founding Partner & Chair of CDF's Class Action Defense Litigation Practice Group
-Amy Williams, Esq., Partner, CDF Labor Law LLP
-Corey Cabral, Esq., Partner & Chair of CDF's PAGA Litigation Practice Group
Healthcare employers are not immune to the outbreak of wage and hour and PAGA claims that are plaguing California businesses. As healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country, it places a bullseye directly on employers in this sector for these types of costly litigation claims. During this session, CDF Partners Tim Freudenberger (Founding Partner & Chair of CDF’s Class Action Defense Litigation Group), Amy Williams, and Corey Cabral (Chair of CDF’s PAGA Litigation Practice Group), will examine the following and offer practical solutions to defend against and the best practices to avoid these types of claims: rounding practices, issues stemming from payment of shift differentials, misclassification issues resulting in claims for overtime, off-the-clock work, training time pay, the Ferra decision, mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, along with meal period and rest break claims.
Friday, October 8: COVID-19 Related Employment Issues Impacting the Healthcare Industry
-Dawn Irizarry, Esq., Partner & Chair of CDF's Healthcare Practice Group
-Todd Wulffson, Esq., CDF's Orange County Office Managing Partner, CDF Labor Law LLP
-Carolina Schwalbach, Esq., Partner, CDF Labor Law LLP
-Gregory Goetz, EPIC Insurance
-Jennifer Lemack, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment, Optum
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare industry and presented a host of legal and practical obstacles to the ability to deliver patient care. During this panel discussion, CDF attorneys, in-house counsel and insurance experts will discuss a variety of topics, including mandatory vaccination policies, protected leaves, the increased number of employees requesting work from home arrangements (and related issues and concerns specific to healthcare employers), Cal-OSHA compliance, along with practical compliance and insurance guidance.
As the chair of CDF’s Healthcare Practice Group, Dawn M. Irizarry has substantial experience representing employers throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical technology companies, physician groups, and urgent care centers.…
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One of the founding partners of CDF, Tim Freudenberger represents California and national employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation, with a special emphasis on defending class action wage and hour lawsuits, class…
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Todd R. Wulffson has focused his practice on counseling and defending businesses in labor and employment matters for over 30 years. In addition to private practice, from 2006-2010, Wulffson served as General Counsel and SVP of Human Resources to…
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Daphne Pierre Bishop has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades. Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies in all types of industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers…
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Amy S. Williams represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California employment law and related litigation. Her practice has a special emphasis on aggressively defending wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys…
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Mark S. Spring has almost 30 years of experience handling labor and employment law matters throughout Northern California. Spring’s practice is focused on representation of management in union-management relations and handling litigation…
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John R. Giovannone is a partner in the Los Angeles office where he represents employers in the full range of employment law matters, from single plaintiff to class-based wage/hour, contract, discrimination, harassment, and licensing litigation,…
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Carolina Schwalbach defends local and national employers and management on a full spectrum of labor and employment matters in various distinct industries, including healthcare, entertainment production, food and beverage and retail. Schwalbach’s…
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Jennifer Lemack, Esq.
Jennifer is an experienced labor and employment attorney with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare and hospital setting. Previously, Jennifer served as a labor relations attorney for Cook County Health & Hospitals System, one of the oldest and largest public network of hospitals and physicians serving the Cook County, Illinois Area. Since 2017, Jennifer has served as the Associate General Counsel for Optum supporting their care delivery business. Jennifer provides the primary oversight of all labor and employment matters, including litigation, impacting over thirty thousand employees across thirty states and in three countries.
Gregory Goetz, Esq.
Greg is a former litigator with experience in both commercial and employment litigation. He also spent several years handling D&O, EPL and Fiduciary claims for an international insurance carrier, most recently as the lead for a national D&O and EPL claims division dedicated to the healthcare space. Greg is currently a member of EPIC’s Policy Response Unit, where he provides pre and post loss claims advocacy, as well as education and training to EPIC clients.
Mark Reed, CHPA
Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and currently serves as the Director of Support Services at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, California, responsible for overseeing security, safety, emergency management and numerous other related programs. Prior to that, Mark worked as the Security Manager at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Mark spent 8 years in the United States Army and an additional 15 years working in Law Enforcement at various, federal, state and local correctional facilities. Mark is certified in Homeland Security and is a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator through the International Association of Healthcare Security & Safety (“IAHSS”). Mark is the current Chair and Board Member of the Los Angeles and Orange County Chapter of IAHSS.
Hannah K. Kiernan, BSN, JD, ACC
Hannah is a certified executive leadership and team coach who has over 20-years of experience coaching professionals in leadership performance. Hannah started her career as a Registered Nurse and worked at both Lennox Hill Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital before entering law school. After graduating from law school, Hannah practiced as a healthcare litigator, and then transitioned into Practice and Business Development Roles at global law firms in New York, Boston and Northern New Jersey. Hannah founded her own Coaching and Consulting business, Kiernan Consulting Group, in 2016, and now coaches employees, business leaders, and teams in developing leadership and other skills that align with their organizations and enhances both work performance and organizational productivity. Hannah has been recognized by Diversity Lab as one of their “Top Lawyer Coaches” for her pro bono work coaching woman attorneys who are transitioning back to the workplace.
David Fortney, Esq.
Mr. Fortney is a co-founder of Fortney & Scott, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm counseling and advising clients on the full spectrum of work-place related matters. Mr. Fortney has a broad-based practice representing and counseling employers and executives in employment and labor matters, including legal compliance with equal employment opportunity requirements and effective diversity, equity and inclusion and pay equity initiatives, wage and hour matters. Mr. Fortney has been widely recognized for his professional accomplishments, including being named one of the leading employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. by the CHAMBERS USA survey of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.