PARMA Conference 2021 Session Recordings Now Available

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PARMA Webinar: Goodbye Couch Hello Desk – Why does my neck, back, and arm hurt?

Date: July 22, 2021     Time: 11:00am

Description: Remote working was an unavoidable instant workforce solution during the pandemic. However, after more than a year many are starting to feel the physical effects of a home and a workstation not designed for prolonged workdays, weeks, or months. Whether employees are returning to the office full time or in a hybrid model ergonomics is the key to avoiding muscle skeletal injuries that have occurred due primarily poor posture driven by poor workstation set up. This webinar is designed to help you recognize the effects of poor posture and ergonomic risk mitigation steps that can be implemented both at the office and home using Ergonomics, Equipment, and Exercise!

Presenter: Thomas B. Traut is the President of Functional Ergonomics, Inc. Tom has over 30 years of experience providing employers ergonomic solutions to improve work performance while eliminating and reducing muscle skeletal injuries. Tom is a Registered Kinesiotherapist, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, and has numerous certifications in work capacity and physical ability testing. During the past 15 months he has conducted over 300 Virtual Ergonomic Evaluations enabling him to see a wide variety of work situations. Tom has been a past presenter at PARMA as well as many other local, regional, and national professional associations.

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PARMA Webinar: Dangerous Conditions of Public Property and Hidden Liability

Date: June 23, 2021     Time: 10:00am

This session will explain the cause of action of Dangerous Conditions of Public Property, the elements, and statutory immunities that may apply.  We will present case studies to illustrate how plaintiffs make these claims, and what public entities can do to mitigate risk and preserve evidence so that we can defend these claims. 

More and more people are out and about now that Covid numbers are going down, so public entities may be seeing more claims from people who are on their roads and on their property.  So now is a good time for reminders on how we can maintain property, conduct inspections, keep good records, and mitigate risk.

Speakers: Megan Lieber and Christie Swiss, Collins + Collins

Megan Lieber is a Partner in the Northern California office of Collins + Collins. Her litigation practice focuses on public entity liability, civil rights, professional liability, construction law, general casualty and business litigation, employment law, and insurance coverage. She has represented public entities in numerous civil rights and employment cases.

Christie Swiss is the managing partner of the law firm Collins + Collins’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, public entity liability, professional liability, civil rights, employment law, and appeals, and she has tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts.  Swiss has been named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Southern California and San Diego.  Martindale-Hubbell has recognized her with an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating.

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PARMA Webinar: Legislative Update

Date: May 14, 2021     Time: 11:00am

This session will include a discussion of current legislation  about workers compensation, tort liability, and workplace safety.

Presented by: Faith Borges, California Advocates Inc. 

Speaker Bio: CAJPA Lobbyist, Faith Borges is with the firm California Advocates Inc, where she provides professional advocacy services before the legislature and regulatory agencies, focusing on the firm's insurance, public entity liability and business management clients. She has been in government affairs in the State Capitol since 2012 and is a policy and strategy expert.

Faith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara and went on to become a California Senate Fellow earning her graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government from Sacramento State University.

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PARMA Webinar: Lunch and Learn with Alliant "State of the Insurance Market 2021"

Date: April 28, 2021     Time: 12:00pm

The presenters will provide a report on the current state of the insurance market. The presentation will focus on this year’s renewal expectations, coverage and exposure concerns, as well as other considerations to make in a hard insurance market.

Presented by: Conor Boughey, Alliant and Seth Cole, Alliant

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Covid Conversations: Cal/OSHA Takes on COVID, New Employer Regulations

Date: January 13, 2021     Time: 1:00pm

Join PARMA for another COVID Conversations webinar on Cal/OSHA’s recently enacted emergency regulations related to COVID-19. Our panel of experts will discuss employers' obligations to provide site-specific COVID-19 prevention programs, safe working conditions and face coverings. Our panel will also discuss outbreaks at the worksite, COVID-19 testing, record keeping and public health department notifications. 

Presented by: Christine Baker – BakerWelsh; Faith Borges – California Advocates Inc.; Len Welsh - BakerWelsh

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Covid Conversations: COVID Crossover Issues

Date: October 2, 2020     Time: 10:00am

This session will cover the interaction and collision of how COVID crosses over into both the workers’ compensation realm and the employment liability realm.  Topics such as employee management, reasonable accommodation, FMLA/CFRA, unemployment, and absence management will be discussed.

Presented by: Michael W. Sullivan and Eric De Wames; Michael Sullivan & Associates

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Covid Conversations: School Immunity for COVID

Thursday, September 24, 2020: 10:00am PT


This session will provide discussion and analysis of school immunity bill proposed in AB1384, including where the bill is in the legislative process and next steps, including other legislative action involving COVID.

Speakers: Christine Baker from Baker & Welsh, and Faith Borges from CalAdvocates/CAJPA    

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Covid Conversations: COVID Case Management

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: 4:00pm PT


Special Considerations for managing an employee who becomes ill with COVID and fall within the workers’ compensation framework.

Presented by: Karen Mazza and Lea Mendez, Allied Managed Care      

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Covid Conversations: Employee Absence Management

Thursday, September 3, 2020: 10:00am-11:00am PT


Managing employee absence is difficult in the best of times. Introduce COVID-19 and the shelter in place and shut down that followed, and the playbook quickly becomes obsolete. We will take a look at what the new normal may look like and how to apply lessons learned in the days ahead.

Presented by: Sedgwick - Bryon Bass

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Covid Conversations: Employee Management

Thursday, August 27, 2020: 11:00am-12:00pm PT


This session will include the elements of contact tracing, temperature checks and protocols, social distancing, PPE selection and use.

Presented by: Forensic Analytical Consulting Services

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Covid Conversations: Facility Considerations

Thursday, August 20, 2020: 11:00am-12:00pm PT


This session will address how to manage facilities to minimize COVID-19 risks including custodial practices, cleaning schedules and procedures, HVAC systems and how routine maintenance is done.

Presented by: Forensic Analytical Consulting Services

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Covid Conversations: We Are Open for Business: Now What?

Wednesday, June 3, 2020: 10:00am-11:00am PT


With many states and localities introducing phased reopening plans, employers are preparing to return to normal business operations. But “normal” may not be a reality for some time. So how do you operate a business effectively while ensuring the safety of your employees and clients? And how do you mitigate exposure for everyone else if someone in the workspace is exposed?

In this complimentary webinar, we will review best practices for reopening and how to reduce potential risks associated with COVID-19 transmission.

Attendees will learn:

  • Federally-recommended guidelines for workplace reopening and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.
  • Steps in creating a COVID-19 resource team.
  • Staffing considerations and necessary changes to the physical workspace.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act applications to COVID-19, including exposure, contact tracing and testing.
  • Changes to workers’ compensation benefits and presumptions.
  • And more!

Speakers include:

  • Tim Karcz – Senior Risk Manager | California Joint Powers Insurance Authority
  • Traci Park – Partner | Burke, Williams & Sorenson, LLP
  • Chuck Pode – Risk Manager | County of Ventura

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Work Comp 101 - A Technical Primer on Work Comp

Tuesday, October 29, 2019: 9:30am-11am PT


This webinar covers the basics of workers' compensation, from soup to nuts.  Brenna Hampton, a seasoned litigator and top educator on the subject will discuss a variety of subjects including AOE/COE issues,  aspects of the labor code that are specific to public employees, an array of common defenses available to employers, and the litigation process from trial through review by the State Supreme Court. Join the discussion from the comfort of your own office, or gather with some colleagues and friends.

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Effectively Managing Your IDR Program In Light of the CalPERS March 2017 Policy Memo and Audits

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017: 9am-11am PT


CalPERS issued a memorandum to public agencies on 03/30/2017 detailing their policies with respect to Industrial Disability Retirements, and announcing audits that would soon take place.   They have since conducted an unprecedented 60 audits of member public agencies.   For some agencies the policy does not represent a change in their existing practices, but for many, the announced policies are significant and will dramatically impact how they handle future IDR Applications.   Hanna Brophy law firm has had discussions with CalPERS about the policy memo and the audits, and will present this webinar to update participants on what all this means with respect to their entity's handling and processing of IDR claims.   The webinar will touch on the major changes individual agencies need to be aware of as they adjust their own handling and practices with respect to IDR claims.  

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Generational Diversity and Succession Planning
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