Just in time for April Fools’ Day, we are pleased to announce the inaugural episode of our newest podcast series, Multistate Monday. In this episode, Dee Anna Hays, who is chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, is joined by Susan Gorey to discuss the responses to the firm’s recent benchmarking survey. Susan and Dee Anna discuss the most challenging multijurisdictional issues that employers are facing, including leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, handbooks and policies, background checks, and marijuana laws. They discuss how employers can keep up-to-date and in compliance with the patchwork of state laws in these areas—especially given the growing trend of remote workforces that started during the pandemic.
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.
In this podcast, shareholders Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the California legislature’s and Cal/OSHA’s proposed regulations and laws regarding workplace violence. Our speakers discuss Cal-OSHA’s Title 8 Section 3343 draft regulations and Senate Bill (SB) 553, which would establish new workplace violence prevention standards in California. Karen and Kevin discuss the details of the robust requirement to implement workplace violence plans (including communication, reporting, training, recordkeeping, and response procedures) that employers may have to adopt if the regulations take effect.
In the first episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland provide background on the ETS. In addition, the speakers discuss the key elements and implementation of the standards, including the written COVID-19 Prevention Program, recordkeeping, COVID-19 exposure protocols, and notices.