Global Solutions: The Second Wave

In this recap edition of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac and Bonnie Puckett look back on our first six episodes and reflect on what global workplaces may expect from a second wave of COVID-19 response measures.

An Overview of Virginia’s New Emergency Temporary Standard for the Prevention of COVID-19 in the Workplace

In this podcast, Tevis Marshall discusses the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, which went into effect on July 27, 2020. He addresses the requirements that apply to all Virginia employers, and additional requirements that apply to employers with workers who qualify as very high, high, and medium exposure risk levels.

COVID-19 Litigation Series: Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims

In a new podcast series, members of Ogletree Deakins’ COVID-19 Litigation Practice Group will address emerging topics, trends, and challenges arising from COVID-19–related litigation. In this podcast, Ashley Cuttino and Shontell Powell examine the increase in claims brought under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the anticipated rise in whistleblower claims under various federal and state laws due to issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Solutions: Consent to Collect? Processing Employee COVID-19 Data

In the sixth episode of the Global Solution series, Justin Tarka and Stephen Riga discuss issues related to employee consent to collect health information as part of screening and monitoring processes implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The speakers discuss considerations regarding the collection of health data across the European Union and the United States, including the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. federal and state laws.

Workplace Safety in California: PPE During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the regulations governing personal protective equipment (PPE), including provisions related to employer reimbursements, face coverings, and respiratory protection.

Third Thursdays With Ruthie: Employer Considerations for the ‘Strike for Black Lives’

In this Friday edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe is joined by Dennis Davis and Anthony Martin to discuss the upcoming national Strike for Black Lives planned for July 20, 2020 and similar events. The speakers address considerations for employers relating to employee engagement and disruptions to the work environment, including organizational culture, protected concerted activity, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and various perspectives of employees, vendors, media, and other third parties.

Global Solutions: Virtual Workplaces Worldwide—Working from Home Across the Globe

In the fifth episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Dan Dauplaise and Ethan Isaac discuss the various implications for employers with global workforces that are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including government regulations on workplace safety and health, reimbursements, and equipment.

California COVID-19 Series: Complying with California’s Guidance for Mandated Face Coverings

: In this episode of our California COVID-19 series, David Raizman and Charles Thompson discuss the California Department of Health’s guidance requiring people to wear face coverings. The speakers address who, what, when, and where of face coverings and exemptions to the guidance.

Unemployment During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

In the third episode of our four-part series on unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley Cuttino discusses potential issues that employers may want to consider as they continue to return furloughed and laid off employees to the workplace, including health insurance benefits, employee refusals to return to work, obligations under federal and state sick leave laws, and partial offset rules.

Global Solutions: Workforces Stranded Abroad! Post-Proclamation and Post-Pandemic

In the fourth episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Ceridwen Koski and Diana Nehro discuss the impact of United States presidential proclamations issuing travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on key considerations regarding immigration, tax law, employee benefits, intellectual property, and restrictive covenants.

Unemployment During COVID-19: Reopening the Workplace

In the third episode of our four-part series on unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley Cuttino discusses potential issues that employers may want to consider as they continue to return furloughed and laid off employees to the workplace, including health insurance benefits, employee refusals to return to work, obligations under federal and state sick leave laws, and partial offset rules.

The Impact of the Ban on Certain Nonimmigrant Visas into the United States

On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration issued a presidential proclamation suspending the entry of individuals to the United States on select nonimmigrant visas. In this podcast, Caroline Tang discusses the impact of that proclamation on immigration processes within the United States and abroad, and how employers may want to respond.

Global Solutions: Go Away! International Travel and Border Restrictions

In the third episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Curtis Chow and Jean Kim discuss the impact of various border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on international business travel, including considerations for global employers facing mandatory quarantines and visa bans.

Unemployment During COVID-19: After a Lay-off or Furlough

In the second of a four-part series on unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley Cuttino discusses potential considerations for employers following the decisions to lay-off or furlough employees, including notice requirements, voluntary furlough programs, supplementing unemployment benefits, and other ways to assist impacted employees.

Unemployment During COVID-19: The Basics

In the first of a four-part series on unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley Cuttino discusses the general structure of the unemployment system and the recent changes due to federal and state actions, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Diversity and Inclusion at Work: How U.S. Law Impacts Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our Diversity and Inclusion at Work series, Sarah Platt and Brazitte Poole discuss diversity and inclusion laws and initiatives to consider during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. In highlighting issues they covered in the D&I Legal Surveys, Model Policy & Compliance Tools, they provide common scenarios that employees may encounter and an overview of the various federal and state laws that employers should be mindful of as they return employees to their diverse workplaces.

Global Solutions: What’s up Doc? The Role of Designated Medical Providers in Returning Employees to Work

In this episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Carolyn Knox and Rebecca Marks discuss the role of occupational health providers in the European Union and Latin America, including how employers can effectively interact with occupational health providers during reopening post-COVID-19.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: Global Laws & Compliance

In this episode of our Diversity & Inclusion at Work series, Kimya Johnson and Bonnie Puckett discuss how employers with global workforces can create a diversity and inclusion program in light of differing and often conflicting laws across jurisdictions. Highlighting issues covered in the D&I Legal Survey, Model Policy, and Compliance Tools kit, this podcast details the various political, cultural and economic considerations for employers to create a D&I program and code of compliance consistent with their global values.

Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Strategies for Effective Responses to Discussions About Race

In this episode of our Third Thursday series, Ruthie Goodboe is joined by Luther Wright, Jr. to discuss strategies employers can use to respond to issues of race, social injustice and other difficult subjects. Our speakers address barriers to healthy communications, proactive actions employers can take, and how to employees can engage on an individual level.

Allyship: How to Support Your Black Colleagues During This Racial Pandemic

As the global community continues to grapple with issues of racial injustice, Sierra Gray discusses how employers and employees can be allies in workplace, including identifying and addressing micro-aggressions and the concept of colorblindness. This podcast provides a starting point of resources for listening to, engaging with, and standing up for others.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: Employee Engagement & Connection Beyond COVID-19

With the increased importance of ensuring that employees remain engaged, Lauren Oldham and Michael Thomas discuss job satisfaction, employee loneliness, and the distinctions between employee engagement, disengagement, and non-engagement. Highlighting issues they covered in the D&I Legal Surveys, Model Policy & Compliance Tools kit, they also offer guidance and best practices for employers seeking to drive employee engagement.

California COVID-19 Series: Considerations for Businesses Requiring Customer Face Coverings

In this episode of our California COVID-19 series, Joe Beachboard and David Raizman discuss how Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act can impact businesses’ decisions surrounding requiring customers to wear face coverings. They address the myriad of local, state, and federal orders and guidances, the competing interests of employees, customers, and vendors, and provide tips on how to best strike a balance.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: Global Concepts & Policies for Maintaining Respectful Workplaces

In this episode of our Diversity & Inclusion at Work series, Kimya Johnson and Daniella McGuigan discuss global concepts around respecting diverse populations, how to create respectful workplaces through and beyond COVID-19, and why it is important to do so. Guided by the Global Model Respectful Workplace Policy Template presented in the D&I Legal Surveys, Model Policy & Compliance Tools, they address key considerations for employers as they draft and deploy a global policy.

Global Solutions: There’s an App for That

In a new podcast, members of Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group explores global solutions for a multinational workforce. In this new world of quickly-changing, often-conflicting laws post-pandemic, we will boil down what employers must do and can’t you do, and provide tips to manage risk. This week, Bonnie Puckett discusses employers’ use of mobile applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on key considerations deploying a global application to collect employee data. For additional resources, check out Ogletree Deakins Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

Employee Reluctance to Return to Work During COVID-19

Even as employers return to the workplace, some employees continue to have good faith concerns and personal obligations that interfere with their ability to return to work. In this podcast, John Merrell discusses the laws that can be implicated when an employer is ready to reopen but employees are reluctant to return to work, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, state and federal unemployment and state leave laws.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: How Employers May Respond to Injustice and Social Unrest

As our country continues to address issues of racial inequality and corresponding social unrest, inclusivity in the workplace is of paramount importance. In this episode of Diversity and Inclusion at Work series, Shafeeqa Giarratani, Kimya Johnson, and Luther Wright address how and what employers should be communicating to their employees and clients in response to current events, including creating and updating an action plan, best practices for issuing internal and public statements, and how to engage in respectful dialogue with employees.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: Difficult Conversations During and Beyond COVID-19

In this episode of our Diversity & Inclusion at Work series, Shafeeqa Giarratani and Luther Wright discuss best practices for having difficult communications in a diverse workplace. Highlighting issues they covered in the D&I Legal Surveys, Model Policy, and Compliance Tools kit, this podcast focuses on how employers can maintain inclusivity, be aware of implicit biases, and best manage emotional responses to communications.

Managing and Enforcing Restrictive Covenants during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the legal landscape, John Drake and Amy Jensen discuss the challenges employers are facing with enforcing restrictive covenants, including how to navigate closed courts, furloughed and laid off employees, and remote work.

Reopening Missouri

With Missouri employers reopening businesses and returning employees to physical workspaces, Burt Garland, Sean Oliveira, and Claudia Tran discuss state and local recovery plans and guidelines, including the executive order reopening Missouri, the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, and reopening orders in individual counties.

Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Labor Considerations as Employees Return to the Workplace

In this episode of the Third Thursday podcast, Ruthie Goodboe discusses labor considerations as employers return employees to work, including collective bargaining agreements, employee refusal to work, and navigating the post COVID-19 landscape.