In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the current state of workplace safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to approach remote inspections, telephonic settlement conferences, personal protective equipment, and the hierarchy of controls.
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- and 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.
Both union and non-union employers need to be sure that their policies and procedures do not violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe and Sarah Kuehnel discuss what constitutes protected concerted activity, the recent narrowing of this definition, and practical takeaways for employer policies.
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 and Health (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.