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HEC Member Webinar on COVID-19 Planned for Oct. 25

On Monday, October 25, Dr. Deb Friesen and John Knorek join forces to offer Hawaii Employers Council an informational webinar about COVID-19. Together, they will cover the health and medical questions of COVID-19, vaccinations, and considerations for employers with an organization-wide mandatory vaccination and testing plan, as well as what recent news and developments mean for employers.

Dr. Deb Friesen of Kaiser Permanente will provide tools and information for navigating the realities of COVID-19 and will address your questions and concerns on this topic.

John Knorek, of Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, will discuss the new guidance for federal contractors and subcontractors (issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on September 24) and Governor David Ige's Emergency Proclamation (issued on October 1).

This webinar is free of charge for HEC members.

Member Update on COVID-19

Biographies of Speakers

Deb Friesen MD, MBA, FACP

Physician Advisor, Customer Clinical Solutions & National Sales and Account Management
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Deb Friesen is an Internal Medicine physician who trained at the University of Colorado, including a Chief Residency year. She was in private practice for 11 years before joining Kaiser Permanente 18 years ago as part of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. She was on the Board of Directors for 5 years and was Board Chair for two of those years.

She has partnered with National Accounts for fourteen years, telling the story of Kaiser Permanente's integrated care and coverage model to C-suite executives, articulating the KP Value Proposition as demonstrated by utilization data, clinical data outcomes, and customer analytics. She also consults and presents on wellness and workplace health, chronic care management, preventive and maintenance care, medication adherence, and behavior change, to customers and in numerous conference settings.

Dr. Friesen is now full-time in National Sales and Account Management. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (the professional society of Internal Medicine) and recently graduated with honors with her MBA through the University of Denver.

John L. Knorek

Managing Director
Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek

Mr. John L. Knorek, Managing Director at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, provides counsel and representation to large and small employers in all aspects of employment and wrongful discharge law. His practice also includes collective bargaining negotiations, affirmative action compliance, mediation, and arbitration. He provides training to businesses on employment discrimination and preventative personnel practices, including family leave, disability law, and sexual harassment. He has served on numerous boards of non-profit and charitable organizations and periodically lectures at the University of Hawaii. He is a founding author of the Chamber Desk Manual on Employment Law in Hawaii, and recently published the 2021 edition.

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