This episode of Multistate Monday offers an informative overview of the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). Dee Anna Hays, chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, and Susan Gorey are joined by Christine Bestor Townsend, who fields a host of questions about employer obligations under the PUMP Act and the PWFA. Christine offers practical takeaways regarding interaction with other federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state and local lactation laws. She also reviews coverage, enforcement and remedies, and pointers for developing well-defined and compliant policies for both acts.
This Is Labor in California, Episode 5: Current Hot Topics
In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas and Daniel Adlong discuss recent union organizing by professional employees. The speakers also review a recent memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) acting general counsel and assess its impact on what activity the NLRB will consider inherently concerted.
Criminal Referrals and OSHA Violations, Part I: When Movie Sets Are Under OSHA’s Spotlight
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.
Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 11: Death by Suicide in the Construction Industry
In this episode of Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, host Phillip Russell has a raw and real conversation with the president of Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., Vince Hafeli, regarding his own personal experience as a suicide survivor and his mission to help others see death by suicide as an urgent workplace safety and health issue. Vince dispels the myths about death by suicide and discusses how Ajax’s ownership and executive team have opened the discussion at all levels of the company to encourage those in crisis to get help and to educate all employees on how to spot warning signs. Phillip and Vince discuss how all employers, especially those in the construction industry, can increase their own awareness and take action in addition to relaying practical tips and resources.