Animals as Accommodations in the Workplace and in Businesses

Many employers and public accommodations are seeing an increase in requests for animals as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this episode, Jim Paul and David Raizman discuss the use of service animals in the workplace and in those businesses and organizations that are ADA “public accommodations,” including best practices for handling employee requests for service animals, which animals qualify as service animals, and special rules applicable to places of public accommodation.

Workplace Violence: Key Updates and Steps for Prevention

Workplace violence continues to be a critical issue for employers, and taking steps to prevent workplace violence is key. Recent legislation, if passed, would force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a rule requiring certain employers to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan. In this podcast, Dee Anna Hays and Shontell Powell discuss the significance of the pending bill and steps that all employers can take to minimize the threat of workplace violence.

Jump Start Your Diversity and Inclusion Program

In this podcast, Kimya Johnson and Michelle Wimes discuss ways that employers can address diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace, including best practices for starting D&I programs or improving those already in existence. They will cover how companies can best structure their programs for success, general legal parameters, current trends in D&I programming, and challenges that companies may face.

Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Talking With Employees About Unions

While employers would universally agree that communication with their employees is essential, opinions vary on whether it makes sense to proactively talk to employees about unions and union representation. In the first Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe will share her thoughts on this important topic.

The Life of an ERISA Claim: Know the Basics and the Pitfalls

In this podcast, Byrne Decker and Steven Silver cover need-to-know basics on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), including when ERISA applies, common challenges for employers, and how ERISA claims are litigated. They also discuss issues that may come up for sports industry employers such as handling disability claims involving concussions.

The Gig Economy Hits Temporary Staffing: What are the Legal Considerations?

New temporary staffing apps like Tilr and Shiftgig match workers with jobs in the same way that popular ridesharing apps match passengers with drivers. These apps offer a more streamlined approach than the traditional temporary staffing model, but an employment relationship is more complex than a ride to the airport.

Data Breach in Brief: Knowing the Risks and Protecting Your Company

Data breaches continue to be an unfortunate risk that companies face with increasing frequency. In this podcast, Rebecca Bennett, Stephen Riga, and Justin Tarka discuss data breaches from both a U.S. and EU perspective, including what constitutes a data breach, required notifications after a breach, legal consequences of a breach, and best practices for reducing legal risk.

How Contractors Become Responsible For Project Design

Design delegation—when a construction contractor assumes responsibility for project design—can expose contractors to increased liability. In this episode, Randy Ruff and Jonathan Mraunac discuss how design delegation can occur and best practices for managing the associated risks.

What’s the Need-to-Know on Employee Affinity Groups?

Employee Affinity Groups—also known as Business Resource Groups—are groups of employees with common interests, concerns, or characteristics. Join Michelle Wimes, Ogletree Deakins’ Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer, as she discusses the purposes they serve, best practices for starting them, risks to watch out for, and more.

Untangling Complex Leave Issues – Part I

In the first episode of this two-part series, John Stretton and Rachel Mandel discuss the complexities surrounding the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the interplay between the two laws and best practices for effectively managing leaves of absence in complicated situations.

Immigration Insights: Need-To-Know Updates for Employers

In this episode, Jamie Dietz and Tina Ho discuss the current business immigration landscape, from recent guidance and policy memos to practical insights for employers on understanding and preparing for this constantly evolving area.

Key Wage and Hour Issues for Manufacturing Industry Employers – Part 2

Join hosts Bud Bobber and Keith Kopplin for the second podcast in their series on important wage and hour topics for manufacturing industry employers. This podcast covers the important topic of overtime pay, including who is eligible for overtime, when it is owed, and how overtime pay is calculated.

Wisconsin FMLA vs. Federal FMLA in a Nutshell

In this episode, Keith Kopplin and Sarah Platt compare Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and discuss the key differences and top things employers should know.

FMLA FAQs: Answers to Employers’ Common Questions

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to present challenging questions for employers. In this episode, Keith Kopplin and Sarah Platt of our Milwaukee office walk through some of employers’ most frequently asked questions on the FMLA, from when employers can ask for a medical certification to how to handle suspected FMLA fraud.

Seven Questions That Employers Should Ask Themselves before Discharging an Employee

Employment terminations are serious business and fraught with potential challenges. The simple idea that at-will employees can be discharged for any legal reason without incurring claims, defense costs, and possible liability, may be unrealistic. Join hosts Bud Bobber and Mark Johnson as they explore the seven questions employers should ask themselves before discharging an employee to help ensure that a discharge is appropriate, defensible, and fair.

Immigration Crash Course: What to Know About ICE Enforcement Activities

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues a record-setting pace in auditing and investigating employers over worksite and I-9/E-Verify compliance concerns. Join Denver shareholder Chris Thomas as he covers the current challenges employers face and highlights steps they can take to ensure compliance.

Going Global? Top 5 Labor and Employment Concerns for Multinational Businesses

In this episode, Diana Nehro, a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ International Practice Group, covers five of the most significant labor and employment concerns for multinational companies. Tune in for a discussion about managing the absence of at-will employment outside the U.S., cross-border investigations, globalizing policies, cost-effectively managing mobility assignments, and creating consistent global sales incentive plans.

Key Wage and Hour Issues for Manufacturing Industry Employers – Part I

Join hosts Bud Bobber and Keith Kopplin as they discuss important wage and hour topics for manufacturing industry employers, including compensable work, pre and post-shift activities, donning and doffing, meal and rest breaks, and more.

What’s the Deal with Federal Contractors and the OFCCP? The Basics

Any employer doing business with the federal government should be aware of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the various laws administered by this agency. In this podcast, Columbia shareholder Leigh Nason discusses OFCCP basics, including how a company can determine if it is a federal contractor and, if so, the three primary laws that apply.

Dos and Don’ts for Drafting Severance Agreements

There are a number of important considerations for employers to keep in mind when drafting a severance agreement. Join Milwaukee shareholders Bud Bobber and Brian Radloff for a discussion of practical tips for drafting severance agreements, from how to go about deciding how much to offer an employee to the key terms of the agreement.

Top Tips for Starting Workplace Investigatory Interviews

Workplace investigations can either stall out without any clear answer, or instead succeed and lead to a conclusion, depending on the effectiveness of the interviews. However, many people conducting interviews skip simple steps at the very outset that maximize their effectiveness. Join Milwaukee shareholders Bud Bobber and Tim Kamin as they discuss practical strategies, tips, and considerations when beginning an interview as part of a workplace investigation.

Top Tips for Concluding Investigatory Interviews

A truly effective workplace investigator knows how to best wrap-up an employee interview. Don’t leave loose ends or wiggle room that can later undermine the effectiveness of the overall investigation and the employer’s conclusions. Join Milwaukee shareholders Bud Bobber and Tim Kamin to hear suggestions and insights on how to most effectively conclude any employee interview during a workplace investigation.

What’s the Deal with Employee Handbook Rules?

Recent cases and guidance from the National Labor Relations Board signal a shift in the standards for determining the legality of employer work rules. In this episode, Ruthie Goodboe from our Pittsburgh and Detroit (Metro) offices discusses the current state of the law and what all employers—unionized and non-unionized—need to know about employee handbook policies and practices.