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Alex Neang from Union Local 300 the union for cement mason and plasterers joins Carmen Ramirez to discuss about the opportunities available for people wanting to change their life. As the Organizer and Compliance Officer he shares a few amazing tips of this incredible union. Some people are made for college and others are made for hands on projects. In this interview we discuss how someone can join the union and the benefits it has. They also discuss the importance of safety at work and how the union makes sure labor laws are in place to protect the workers.

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Connecting Science with Laughter is not a new thing in fact it has been scientifically proven that Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

In this episode, stand-up comedian, actor, author, writer, and producer Craig Shoemaker joins us to talk about his non-profit Laughter Heals. He speaks about all of the tricks and reasons an injured worker can benefit from laughing. This is one episode you will not want to miss.

We have heard about COVID-19 so many times, but what we have not heard is what the frontline doctors are experiencing first-hand with the patients. What exactly is the virus doing to the lungs? In this episode, Dr. Amy Ni a pulmonologist from the Bay Area shares an in-depth conversation of how Covid-19 is really changing everything they have ever known.

Dr. Ni graduated from the Penn State University Medical School in 2013. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at UC Irvine in 2016, and Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship from UCSF in 2019. Though she has lived in both the east coast and west coast, she is a die-hard Californian, and loves the diversity and beauty of the Bay Area. When she is not practicing medicine, she enjoys traveling to the far reaches of the world – recent excursions include Dubai, Kenya, and Morocco. She loves to spend her downtime relaxing with her boyfriend, her tripod cat, and eating at Michelin star restaurants.

After being injured at work and under much stress, the bills pilling up, anxiety levels are high, marriages can come crumbling down. This topic is one that many hate to deal with but can also be the most important one to touch on.

When dealing with a divorce and a settlement it’s important to understand how this can affect both cases. Bernie shares useful information regarding settlements from a Personal Injury Case, Work Injury and what is needed to be done immediately in order to protect yourself.

Getting to the next level at work or in any situation in life sometimes requires discipline, focus and even a coach. Leland Thompson joins Eric and Carmen in this episode and shares some of his past career opportunities from working at Mervyn’s to Apple and more.
Venturing off to become an entrepreneur, he left his expertise in one company to become a Leadership Coach and help not just one individual but many individuals.


A Conversation with the Oakland
City Council at Large Candidates

August 20, 2020

Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council President joins Carmen Ramirez and Eric Farber for episode 3 of Work Comp Talk Podcast to discuss the current issues surrounding the city of Oakland and why she believes she has another chance as City Council.
Tune in to this episode with Carmen and Eric as they conversate with Derreck Johnson, 2020 Candidate for Oakland City Council At Large. Johnson is endorsed by both Vice-Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and current Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Governor Newsom jumped quick into action to pass a bill that would help Essential Workers get Workers’ Comp benefits sooner, if they got infected with Covid. The bill has now expired and there are a lot of things that needed to get updated for it as well.

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Healing takes courage and creativity, healing the mind can be dealing with Depression, Anxiety and finding a balance with support of a Therapist. When not taken care of, it can create a snowball effect that can lead to bigger problems. For over 14 years Therapist Maggie Insdorf talks about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.
With so much happening around Covid-19 and our world and the way we take care of business now. What does it look like for Workers Comp World? How much has changed? How does this affect clients? Let’s talk about the landscaping of Workers’ Comp.
Some of us are staying home to save lives while others are risking everything to save them. In this episode we speak to the President of the Alameda County Firefighters Union IAFF Local 55, he explains how protocols have changed for the First-Responders and as a leader how to keep the team safe. He also speaks out to the community in regards to what we can do to help during these unprecedented times.
In this Work Comp Talk, we hear managing attorney at Pacific Workers’ Compensation, Bilal Kassem, speak on whether or not workers’ compensation is available to those who have been terminated from work.

After being injured at work, many workers can face some challenges like not being able to go back to their same job field prior to getting injured. In this episode we dive into some options to help after being injured that can land you a new career path and a job you will love. Joining us is Hazel Ortega from Ortega Counseling Center where they help injured workers find schools with vocational vouchers and other benefits.