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Webinars by Farm Employers Labor Service

Upcoming Webinars:


May 14, 2021, 10:00 AM: "COVID-19 -- Vacunas:" California farm employers are working to offer vaccination opportunities to their employees as we close in on our busy agricultural seasons.  Do your employees have questions about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines?  CAFB affiliated company Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) is teaming up with the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis and Western Center Education and Outreach Specialist Teresa Andrews, MS to present “COVID-19 – Vacunas” in Spanish.  This webinar will educate your employees about the structure of the COVID-19 virus, how it infects cells in the human body, what your immune system is and how it destroys the virus, traditional vaccines and the emergency vaccines, side effects and the continuing important of distancing, masking, hand washing, and vaccination to protect the health of employees and their families.  The webinar will be presented on May 14 at 10 AM; no registration is needed and your employees can join the webinar here.

Past FELS Webinars:

April 30, 2021: FELS Ag Employment Policy Update: "CalSavers Sign-Up Deadline Coming Soon: Are You Ready?"  CalSavers, California's mandatory employee opt-out retirement savings program is gradually being applied to smaller and smaller employers; in June 2020, employees of 50 or more employees will be mandated to register with CalSavers if they are not already furnishing their employees with an IRS tax-favored retirement savings option.  Jonathan Herrera, Outreach & Marketing Manager for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program briefed attendees on the CalSavers program, employer registration, and employer responsibilities.  Paul Yossem, Regional Vice President Private Sector Retirement Plans for California Farm Bureau Premier Partner Nationwide, informed attendees about the California Farm Bureau’s Multiple Employer Plan (MEP), partnering with Nationwide to exclusively offer to CAFB agricultural members. He will discuss a variety of options available to business owners, including the CAFB MEP. You can view a video of the webinar here.  You can review Jonathan's presentation here; you can review Paul's presentation here.  

March 26, 2021: "Ag Employment Policy Update:" Bryan Little of Farm Employers Labor Service, Seth Mehrten of Barsamian & Moody and Taylor Arnold of Hanna Brophy educated viewers about the new SB 95 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave mandate effective March 29, 2021 and COVID-19 vaccines and issues surrounding potential employer vaccine mandates.  You can view the presentataion slides here.

March 10, 2021: "Relief Programs: The Latest Updates and Resources:" Co-presented by California Farm Bureau and FELS; with all of the coverage on the changes to the CARES Act, many agri-businesses are still missing out on opportunities to improve their financial position. The team from KCoe Isom explained the latest updates to the CARES Act and how you can maximize your opportunities from the latest programs and assistance.  You can view the presentation slides here.  You can view a recording of the webinar here.

February 24, 2021: "A Shot in the Arm: Cal/OSHA and Employment Law Issues Related to the COVID-19 Vaccine:" FELS presents this webinar with by Eric J. Conn and Fern Fleischer-Daves of Conn Maciel Carey’s National OSHA Practice.  In December 2020, two COVID-19 vaccines received emergency use authorization from the US government and several more vaccines may be approved in the coming months. In the greatest concerted public health effort in the U.S. since the rollout of the Polio vaccine in the 1930's, federal, state and local health agencies are working together - and with private companies - to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Agricultural employers in California will play a key role in this effort. 

 You can view the video of the webinar here; you can view Eric and Fern's slides here

"Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS): What Employers Need to Know:" Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard became effective on November 30, 2020, and questions from employers, lawyers, and consultants are coming every day. Does it really require you to test your staff twice a week? And to pay people to not work?

Bryan Little with Farm Employers Labor Service and Seth Mehrten of FELS' Group Legal Service Program partner law firm Barsamian & Moody presented this webinar on January 26, 2021 to help educate you on the requirements of the COVID-19 ETS.

You can view Bryan's presentation slides here.

You can view Seth's presentation slides here.

You can view a video of the webinar here.

You can review the chat q&a here.


"Ag Employment Policy Update:" Bryan Little of Farm Employers Labor Service, Seth Mehrten of Barsamian & Moody and Taylor Arnold of Hanna Brophy provided information on major ag employment policy developments for 2021 and providedyou information and strategies to cope with these new mandates.  You can view a video of the webinar hereYou can view Taylor Arnold's presentation hereYou can view Seth Mehrten's presentation hereYou can view Bryan Little's presentation here.

"Sweeping Workers Comp Changes for California Employers: Prepare or Pay":  Taylor Arnold and Keith Teague of the employers' workers comp firm Hanna Brophy explained the massive changes brought by SB 1159 (Hill), which created a new "outbreak-triggered" rebuttable presumption of work-relatedness for COVID-19 infections, imposing new costs and compliance mandates for California employers. You can view the presentation slides here.  You can view a video of the webinar here.

"New California Family Rights Act Family Medical Leave Requirements for Small Employers": featuring Seth Mehrten, Barsamian & Moody.  The governor has signed SB 1383, expanding coverage of California's Family and Medical Rights Act to employers of as few as five employees; until now, CFRA covered only employees of 50 or more.  What do small employers need to know about CFRA? You can view a recording of Seth's presentation here.  B&M is the partner with Farm Employers Labor Service providing legal assistance for FELS Newsletter subscribers and clients.

"Employee COVID-19 Infections: What Does Cal/OSHA Want me to Record? What do they Want me to Report?"  Cal/OSHA is giving employers "report everything" signals on COVID-19; what do you really need to do? The Conn Maciel OSHA Compliance team's presentation has been posted to FELS website.  You can view that presentation here.  

"CalSavers: 12 Days to the Sign-Up Deadline! What's CalSavers? What are my Alternatives?"  State law requires all businesses with 5 or more employees to facilitate CalSavers – a state-sponsored payroll deduction individual retirement account (IRA) – if they do not sponsor a qualified retirement plan. Registration deadlines vary based on employer size. The deadline for eligible employers with more than 100 employees is Sept 30, 2020. Seth Marten of Barsamian & Moody, Paul Yossem of Nationwide, and Jonathan Herrera of CalSavers will help you understand CalSavers and what alternatives are available to employers.  You can view Jonathan Herrera's presentation here. 

"You Have an Employee with COVID-19; Now What," presented by FELS Group Legal Service Program partner firm associate Seth Mehrten was a huge success, attended by nearly 280 participants; if you missed it, video of Seth's presentation and Seth's PowerPoint presentation is available at this link.

"Outdoor Operations During Hours of Darkness:" California Farm Bureau and FELS, the Califorina Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and the California Farm Labor Contractor Association (CFLCA) presented a webinar on the new standard on night work in agriculture, which will become effective on July 1, 2020. You can view the video of the webinar at this link; you can access the slide deck at this link.

"Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FMLA Expansion & Federal Paid Sick Leave" were a huge success!  Nearly 1000 agricultural employers viewed the webinars, presented by Patrick S. Moody of FELS Group Legal Services Program parner firm Barsamian & Moody.  Slide Deck (.pdf)Webinar Recording