The Complete Works of Global Solutions (Abridged and Revised): A Recap and Updates from Previous Episodes of the Global Solutions Series

In this recap edition of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac, Bonnie Puckett, and Carson Burnham look back on the last six episodes and reflect on trends in remote work arrangements in Europe and across the globe, Chinese privacy laws, the new Chinese sexual harassment law, and other topics that have emerged across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TECHPLACE™ Talk: Political Speech, Social Media, and Off-Duty Employee Conduct—The Trending Risks of Digital Reputational Damage

In this podcast, Danielle Ochs, Jenn Betts, and John Merrell address employer regulation of digital speech and how organizations can be aware of and protect against reputational damage caused by employees both on- an off-duty. The speakers discuss employee commentary (on social media platforms and elsewhere) about social issues, political issues, and protected statuses and groups, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 elections.

Workplace Safety in California: Riding the Coming Wave of Cal/OSHA Inspections and Citations

In this podcast, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss how employers can strategize and prepare for the coming wave of COVID-19-related California Division of Occupational Safety (Cal/OSHA) complaints, citations, and inspections, in addition to litigation. The speakers address the trending interplay between Cal/OSHA citations and California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims and other civil actions as well as potential employer missteps such as a lack of documentation.

Global Solutions, Episode 12: Getting Down to Business in a COVID-19 Era

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Katie Krouse and Adolfo Blonval address sector-specific COVID-19 guidelines that multinational employers may want to consider as they navigate an evolving COVID-19 business environment. The speakers discuss country-specific guidance for various industries, including manufacturing, retail, personal services, tourism, and hospitality.

Face Coverings, Vaccines, and the ADA, Part II: What Employers Need to Know

In part two of our two-part series focused on workplace rules and accommodation issues in the COVID-19 era, Jim Paul and Andrew Metcalf discuss flu vaccines, employer policies mandating vaccines, and other wellness decisions that employers may be considering in the next few months. The speakers address the best practices for implementing mandatory vaccine policies, depending on the relevant industry and company culture, in addition to considerations related to accommodation requests.

Face Coverings, Vaccines, and the ADA, Part I: What Employers Need to Know

In part one of our two-part series focused on workplace rules and accommodation issues in the COVID-19 era, Jim Paul and Andrew Metcalf discuss face-covering mandates and the potential employment and customer access concerns raised by masking orders at the local, state, and federal levels. The speakers address the requirements of Title I and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and consider how employers can better deal with the balancing of interests that the ADA requires.

Global Solutions, Episode 11: Stop in the Name of Leave—the Latest on COVID-19 Leave Laws

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Rebecca Emery and Susanna Bramlett address leaves of absence from employment during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of employees who are ill, considered to be in vulnerable populations, have been exposed to the virus, have an ill family member, or facing childcare challenges as a result of schools that are opening virtually. The speakers also discuss the statutory leave laws that have been enacted since the beginning of the pandemic as well as COVID-19-related reasons that precipitate a leave of absence.

Employment Law Legends, Episode 5: Keeping the Sabbath: Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Hardison

In the fifth episode of the Employment Law Legends podcast series, Paul Rinnan examines the legal battle surrounding the definition of religious accommodations in the workplace and the origins of the de minimis burden standard.

Telecommuting and State Payroll Taxes: The Importance of Nexus During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this podcast, Randle Pollard and Deborah Andrews discuss how working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic may affect employers’ state payroll tax obligations. The speakers cover how even temporary work-from-home situations, such as those imposed in response to emergency orders, may create a nexus with the employee’s home state, even if the employer does not have an office in that state. The speakers also consider other factors such as reciprocal tax agreements and the “convenience of the employer” rule.

COVID-19 Litigation Series: Leave of Absence Trends and Pitfalls During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our COVID-19 Litigation series, Ashley Cuttino, Charles Thompson, and Tina Bengs address the latest litigation trends surrounding leave of absence requests and accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss the possibility of remote work as an alternative to leave, documentation best practices given that agency guidance is in flux, and litigation involving individuals in vulnerable populations.

Global Solutions, Episode 10: China’s New Civil Law on Sexual Harassment and Privacy Rights

In this podcast, Amanda Quan and Skye Hao discuss China’s new law addressing sexual harassment and individual privacy rights, marking the first time that employers in China have been required to make affirmative efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace. Our speakers also address the new civil code chapter addressing the right to privacy and protection of personal information.

TECHPLACE™ Talk: How the FTC’s Guidance on the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms Impacts Employers

In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs and Jenn Betts discuss why employers should take note of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) guidance on consumer-facing artificial intelligence (AI) tools, including its view that the use of AI should be transparent, explainable, fair, and empirically sound, while fostering accountability.

Global Solutions, Episode 9: School’s Out For … Ever

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Chris Anderson and Enrique A. Del Cueto-Pérez discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school reopenings and the various approaches that local and federal governments are taking to assist employers and employees return to work as schools systems move forward.

What’s Happening in the California Legislature? An Overview of Pending Employment-Related Bills

In this podcast, Mike Nader discusses pending legislation that could significantly impact employers if passed before the California Legislature’s current session ends on August 31, 2020. Many of the proposed bills relate to the coronavirus pandemic, including a bill that would provide employees with up to 10 business days of bereavement leave and a bill that would make leave and job protection benefits available to employees recovering from COVID-19. Our speaker also addresses Senate Bill 1383, which would expand leave requirements under the California Family Rights Act to apply to small employers with five or more employees—essentially, to most California employers.

Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Managing Politics in the Workplace During the 2020 Election Season

In the August edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe and Bud Bobber discuss politics in the workplace and the potential impact on employee productivity and morale during election season. The speakers address the federal, state, and local laws that may apply to political speech and ways that employers can promote civility and productivity through the 2020 election.

Workplace Safety in California: Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Inspections

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the process of Cal/OSHA workplace inspections in response to COVID-19 complaints, including on-site inspections, employee interviews, and providing documentation to inspectors.

Back to School: Key Strategies for Employers as Parents Prepare for Virtual Learning

In this podcast, Kelly Cardin and Sarah Platt discuss the various strategies available to employers as their employees deal with return to school issues. The speakers address the applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the state and local laws that may provide paid leaves of absence, and other options that employers may want to consider implementing.

New York Federal Court Rules on U.S. Department of Labor’s FFCRA Regulations

In this podcast, Ashley Cuttino and Burt Garland discuss the August 3, 2020, decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that struck down portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

TECHPLACE™ Talk: Digital Contact Tracing Solutions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

In this episode of our TECHPLACE™ Talk series, Danielle Ochs and Jenn Betts discuss employers’ use of digital contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the applicability of state and federal equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, and privacy laws to the use of digital tools.

Global Solutions, Episode 7: Redundancies During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Andre Appel and Carson Burnham discuss the use of redundancies by employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including short-time programs and government programs to avoid mass terminations.

COVID-19 Litigation Series: Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Landscape

In this episode of our COVID-19 Litigation series, Ashley Cuttino and Michael Nail address the treatment of COVID-19 within the state workers’ compensation system. The speakers will discuss the various states that have adopted presumptions in favor of employees through executive orders and emergency rules, and the applicability of COVID-19 to the “ordinary disease of life” standard.

Mastering Telecommuting During COVID-19: Maintaining the Work-Life Balance

In this podcast, Kelly Cardin returns to share additional tips and strategies for employees continuing to work from home, including scheduling and prioritizing tasks, managing childcare responsibilities, and maintaining personal wellness.

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.