Confidential HIPAA Protections in Discovery and Trial

Since its passage in 2003, HIPAA has been a familiar legal protection over medical records when litigating both criminal and civil actions. But are we working with the law appropriately? What other laws apply to privacy over medical records? Have you been stymied in trying to get the information you need? Bring your questions and experiences for this discussion.

Samantha Pungprakearti Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP

Samantha Pungprakearti (“Poong-pre-ket”) is a litigation attorney focusing on employment law and business disputes. Ms. Pungprakearti is a vigorous advocate in and out of Court with extensive experience in all phases

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Employee Wage Claims – (Berman Hearings)

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), more commonly referred to as the California Labor Commissioner, handles claims from employees involving unpaid or improperly paid compensation. This one-hour seminar will provide insight into that process, including guidance to employers and attorneys wishing to advise employers on what to do if they receive notice of an employee claim.

The steps involved with the process that will be discussed include:

~ Filing the Claim ~ Receiving a Notice of Claim and Conference ~ Attending the Claim and Conference ~ Receiving a Notice of Hearing ~ Attending the Berman Hearing ~ Receiving

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The ABCs of Independent Contractors

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision with profound implications for California’s economy. No longer will the classification of a worker as an employee or independent contractor be subject to the flexible, multi-factor Borello test for purposes of California wage orders. Now, employers will be subject to the strict “ABC” test, which presumes that a worker hired by an entity is an employee and places the burden on the hirer to establish that the worker is an independent contractor.

Joseph Gruchawka Law Office of Joseph Gruchawka

Mr. Gruchawka grew up in Kenwood, in

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