In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Pietro Straulino-Rodríguez, Carlos Colόn-Machargo, and Shir Fulga address laws regarding remote work in Canada, Mexico, and Latin American countries. The speakers discuss several topics associated with remote work, including workplace safety, employee privacy, the provision of equipment, and expense reimbursement for utilities (e.g., internet service). In addition, the speakers cover the various wage and hour issues involved in tracking employees’ hours, paying overtime compensation, and engaging employees only when they are scheduled to work. (Note: In the time between the recording of the podcast and its airing, the Ontario government introduced a new bill entitled Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, which, if passed, would mandate the implementation of “right to disconnect” provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.)
Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 3: COVID-19 Outbreaks
In the final episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the term “outbreak” as it is defined in the standards, employers’ reporting obligations, and testing requirements. They also provide some predictions and insights on what ETS amendments may be forthcoming.
A Deeper Dive Into Cal/OSHA Litigation, Part Three: Due Process, Vagueness, and Independent Contractors
In the third episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA litigation, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss violations of due process such as whether Cal/OSHA workplace safety citations and notices of penalty give clear notice and provide employers with the ability to prepare a defense. In addition, the speakers discuss whether workers may be independent contractors and the ins and outs of employee misclassifications under California’s new ABC test.
Alternative Work Arrangements during COVID-19: Furloughs, Reduced Schedules, and Reduced Pay
With the unknown duration of the coronavirus pandemic, in this podcast we will explore temporary and reversible measures like furloughs and reduced schedules to scale back on payroll while maintaining a connection with our employees whose help will be critical to restarting normal business operations as we reopen our states and the economy.