In this podcast series, Frank Davis and John Surma, members of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, discuss the circumstances under which criminal prosecution may result from a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Act by doing a deep dive into the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” Frank and John review what is required for a finding of a “willful” violation of the OSH Act’s General Duty Clause. They also focus on activity in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Region 6, and the investigation of the “Rust” shooting by the New Mexico Occupational Health & Safety Bureau.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Navigating Employee Privacy Rights in California
In this podcast, recorded live from Workplace Strategies 2022, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Los Angeles shareholder Betsy Johnson speaks with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content, about employee privacy rights under California law and the unique compliance challenges employers face as access to employee personal information increases with technological advancements. The speakers explore the tension between employers’ rights and obligations to safeguard their workplaces and the various invasion-of-privacy risks inherent in following employees on social media, handling medical records and personnel files, conducting background checks of job applicants, monitoring employee internet usage, and implementing drug-testing procedures. Betsy also discusses compliance steps that employers may want to consider taking to set employee expectations of workplace privacy.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: New OFCCP Regulatory and Compliance Initiatives for Federal Contractors in 2022
In this podcast, recorded live from Ogletree Deakins’ 2022 Workplace Strategies seminar, Leigh Nason and Lauren Hicks discuss certain initiatives launched by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that impose new burdens on federal government contractors and subcontractors to meet their Affirmative Action Program (AAP) obligations. Specifically, Leigh and Lauren examine the nuances of the new Contractor Portal certification process and OFCCP’s directive on pay equity audits, and share key takeaways as to compliance requirements.
TECHPLACE™ Tickler: eDiscovery Challenges in a Remote Work Environment
In the first episode of our TECHPLACE™ Tickler series, Danielle Ochs, Tom Lidbury, and Traer Cundiff discuss various eDiscovery-related issues that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic when many people are working remotely. They cover data security concerns while working from home, remote document review, and best practices for collecting, capturing, and transferring data remotely.