In this podcast, Workplace Safety and Health shareholders John Surma and Frank Davis continue their discussion of inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). John and Frank review employer rights and responsibilities with respect to conducting employee interviews, preserving the scene of an incident, producing injury and illness records, and more.
Workplace Safety in California, Episode 2: All About Cal/OSHA Citations
In this episode of the Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the critical steps for employers to consider after Cal/OSHA issues a citation. Topics include strategies for responding to and defending against citations, key procedural and timing requirements, and how to appeal citations.
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.
Oregon’s Senate Bill 592: Workplace Safety Penalty, Inspection, and ‘Look Back’ Period Changes?
In this podcast, John Surma, Kathy Fletcher, and Karen Tynan discuss Oregon’s Senate Bill (SB) 592, which would significantly increase the amounts of civil penalties for violations of the Oregon Safe Employment Act. The speakers also cover SB 592’s provisions that would allow Oregon Occupational Safety and Health to conduct in-depth, wall-to-wall inspections under certain circumstances. Karen Tynan—who is chair of Ogletree’s West Coast OSHA practice—Kathy, and John also review the unlimited “look back” period for repeat violations included in SB 592 and highlight Ogletree’s OSHA Tracker, a useful tool in monitoring OSHA activity throughout the nation.