The Covid19 Pandemics Impact On Employment Laws
The Covid-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Employment Disability Cases, Employee Privacy Laws and Employment Laws



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Rebroadcast – October 7, 2020

  • 8:00-9:45am PT / 9:00-10:45am MT / 10:00-11:45am CT / 11:00-12:45pm ET

This program was recorded on August 13, 2020

Covid-19 has severely impacted our society, workers, employers and the public. For the most part, employment laws have not changed. But the Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue to influence employment litigation and the workplace. This seminar will focus on Covid-19’s impact on employment cases, focusing on disability discrimination cases, employee privacy, and leaves. I will also review legislation that is currently under consideration in the United States Congress and some of California’s changes to workplace rules in response to the pandemic.

Attorney Pamela TerenPamela Teren
Pam Teren has been litigating employment cases since 1990. Ms. Teren began her practice at PaulHastings, representing employers. In 1995, Ms. Teren co-founded Abrolat & Teren, LLP, a firm focused on representing employees. In 2008, Ms. Teren founded Teren Law Group, which also focuses on representing employees and handles all types of employment cases including sexual harassment, sex discrimination, race discrimination, racial harassment, disability discrimination disability harassment, religion-based discrimination, national origin discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, whistleblower cases, wage violations, labor code claims, contract claims and all other employment litigation matters.

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  1. Employment Disability Cases:
    1. The ADA and FEHA -Proving disability discrimination
      1. What is an Adverse Employment Action
      2. How to prove the Intent Element- Substantial Motivating Reason
        1. Direct and Circumstantial Evidence explained
      3. how to prove the employee is a “qualified individual” and demonstrating “essential functions” of a job
      4. What are reasonable accommodations?
        1. the undue hardship defense
        2. the health/safety defense
      5. The Interactive Process
      6. Covid-19 Issues in Disability Claims
  2. Employee Privacy Rules in the Covid-19 World.
    1. The California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act
    2. Communication about an Employee’s Symptoms of or Diagnosis of Covid-19
    3. EEOC guidelines
    4. DFEH guidelines
  3. Employee Leaves of Absence in Light of Covid-19
  4. Pending Workplace Legislation and Executive Actions/Ordinances in Response to Covid-19
    1. The GOP Proposed “Safe to Work Act”
    2. California executive action/local ordinances in response to Covid 19
  5. Conclusion