2022 Regional Compliance Webinar: West Region Update

Jai HookerRegional Compliance, Webinars

Tuesday, Oct. 11

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The compliance landscape surrounding absence and disability management is changing at a dizzying pace. DMEC’s annual compliance update webinar series is intended to help employers who might be struggling to keep up with the changes impacting their organizations. Each session in this five-part series focuses on a different region of the United States — bringing you the latest developments in circuit court decisions, legislative updates, leave and accommodation guidance, and other critical compliance news.

This webinar will cover content specific to the Western region of the United States: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii (9th and 10th circuit courts).

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand recently updated and pending legislation impacting absence and disability management in the western United States.
  • Learn about recent circuit court decisions that impact disability and absence management under the jurisdiction of the 9th and 10th circuit courts.
  • Gain a practical understanding of how the various disability and leave management laws work together throughout the western U.S.


Cepideh Roufougar
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Cepideh Roufougar is a principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and the co-leader of the firm's California Advice and Counsel resource group. She advises and counsels management in all areas of labor and employment law, with a focus on identifying practical solutions to help ensure compliance with state and federal law. Cepideh positions herself as a strategic partner when providing advice and counsel about litigation avoidance, employee management issues, implementing disciplinary actions, and collective bargaining issues. Her ability to see the big picture clearly and understand her client’s businesses in emotionally charged and highly complex disputes has helped her clients financially and prevented litigation. Her clients rely on her to guide them through both short-term and long-term planning to achieve their unique goals and strategies. Cepideh is an experienced trainer and presents seminars on a wide range of subjects, including: leave management and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation; implementing and sustaining disciplinary actions; conducting defensible workplace investigations; first-line supervisor trainings; performance management/evaluations; and wage and hour issues. Cepideh has been successful in helping her clients prevail in numerous arbitrations and administrative appeals. She has extensive experience representing employers in labor and employment disputes. Cepideh has defended employers in employment litigation matters, including claims alleging violations of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, FLSA collective actions, and claims of harassment and discrimination. She also conducts complex workplace investigations.

Catherine Cano
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Catherine A. Cano is a principal in the Omaha, Nebraska office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Catherine represents management in all areas of labor and employment law.  Catherine helps clients navigate obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and state disability and leave laws. She also counsels clients on workplace drug and alcohol issues, including developing substance abuse policies. Catherine has defended more than 100 charges of discrimination filed with federal, state and local administrative agencies, and regularly appears before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Iowa Civil Rights Commission and Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. Catherine represents employers in federal and state court proceedings and has successfully defended multiple employment arbitrations. Catherine's practice also includes assisting clients with union organization campaigns, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. Catherine also has experience defending employers against whistleblower claims filed with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify for CEU credit.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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