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Hiring Legally During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hiring Legally During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Hiring Legally During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Live Webinar: Thursday, August 20, 2020

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: The webinar will walk you through the hiring process, starting with the importance of accurate, up-to-date job descriptions and what can and can’t be on your application forms.

The good news is that you're hiring! The bad news is that, like everything else, COVID-19 has added a layer of uncertainty to an already complicated process. You know that a variety of selection and screening procedures can help narrow the choices, but you're overwhelmed by the options and, above all, aren't sure of the legal risks of each. In this webinar, we’ll cover the key legal issues related to hiring, general best practices to help you avoid liability when interviewing and hiring, and key areas that have been affected by COVID-19.

The webinar will walk you through the hiring process, starting with the importance of accurate, up-to-date job descriptions and what can and can’t be on your application forms. To help you through the interview and vetting process, we’ll discuss what you need to know about background checks as well as discrimination laws and how they affect the questions you can ask in interviews. Finally, we’ll look at what you need to know once you’ve identified the candidate you want to hire—importantly, we’ll cover how you can verify eligibility to work when you can’t meet someone in person and what you can ask presumptive hires about COVID-19 exposure and antibodies.

Hiring decisions are among the most important decisions made in your organization. Good hiring practices can eliminate or reduce many legal risks, reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve morale. Now, more than ever, it’s important that you get the process and decisions right.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Ensure applications and preemployment inquiries are legal;
  • Plan and conduct nondiscriminatory interviews;
  • Evaluate job applicants based on job-related criteria;
  • Initiate background checks, requests for other personal and medical information at the right time in the hiring process; and
  • Navigate COVID-19 related issues in the hiring process.


About Your Presenter

Cathleen YonaharaCathleen Yonahara, Esq.

Cathleen Yonahara concentrates her practice on employment and labor law. Cathleen has successfully represented employers in courts and before various government agencies, including the United States EEOC, the California DFEH, and the California Labor Commissioner. She has litigated all types of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, violation of CFRA, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour violations.

In addition to her litigation practice, Cathleen also provides advice and counseling to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship in order to avoid potential legal disputes. She advises employers on the myriad legal requirements facing California employers including anti-discrimination and harassment laws, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour compliance, and proper classification of independent contractors and exempt employees. She conducts audits of her client’s employment practices, policies and agreements to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws, and drafts employee handbooks and personnel policies, and employment, arbitration, confidentiality and severance agreements.