The U.S. labor secretary and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health recently signed a memorandum giving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authority to issue certifications supporting applications for U and T nonimmigrant status visas (which are related to certain crimes and forms of human trafficking). In this podcast, John Surma is joined by Leigh Ganchan, who is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group, to discuss what these visas are, how they have traditionally been used, wait times for these visas to be granted, and the status of applicants while these visa cases are processed. John and Leigh also discuss how the new memorandum could come into play in many OSHA inspections because one of the qualifying activities is “obstruction of justice,” which OSHA may claim if an employer fails to cooperate with a compliance officer.
A Deeper Dive Into Cal/OSHA Litigation, Part One: Appeals, Defenses, and Burdens of Proof
In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the regulations governing personal protective equipment (PPE), including provisions related to employer reimbursements, face coverings, and respiratory protection.
Multistate Monday: Marijuana Compliance—Don’t Blow It
In this podcast, Susan Gorey and Dee Anna Hays, who is chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, are joined by Tae Phillips, who is a co-chair of the firm’s Drug Testing Practice Group. Tae reviews the many issues facing employers as the number of states legalizing the use of medical and recreational marijuana grows. He provides best practices for managing the complex framework of state marijuana laws and discusses issues surrounding job protections for marijuana users, reasonable suspicion drug testing, and what employers can expect in the future.
Quarantine Quandaries: Wellness Tips for Attorneys and Other Professionals
During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, everyone’s “normal” has been changed. Dealing with broken routines, remote work and relationships, and lots of uncertainty can cause mental health and wellness challenges for attorneys and business professionals. Listen to this podcast for a discussion of tips and insights for maintaining positive thoughts and practices during this unprecedented time.