In this podcast, John Surma and Frank Davis, members of Ogletree Deakins’ Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, discuss unprogrammed inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Frank and John provide an overview of the four triggers of such inspections: imminent danger; fatalities and catastrophes; complaints by employees, unions, or third parties; and referrals by other agencies. They also offer practical takeaways for employers that may be subject to an unprogrammed inspection.
OFCCP Posting Requirements: Compliance Reminders for Federal Contractors
In this podcast, Lauren Hicks and Chris Near give an overview of the regulatory poster requirements imposed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on federal contractors. The speakers review noteworthy posters, how OFCCP will ensure they are posted during audits, digital accessibility, and best practices for regulatory compliance. Specifically, the speakers address the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new “Know Your Rights” poster that replaced the prior “EEO is the Law” poster and supplement. The presentation covers additional compliance obligations including the pay transparency nondiscrimination poster, as well as wage and hour posting requirements imposed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that are applicable to federal contractors, the “Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws” poster, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) poster. The speakers also provide best practices to successfully navigating poster compliance in an OFCCP compliance review.
I-9 Changes, Updates, and Proposed Rulemaking From DHS
In this podcast, Joey Fong and Ceri Koski discuss the various changes that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented since the pandemic, proposed rulemaking regarding the alternative verification options, and proposed I-9 form changes. The speakers discuss steps employers can take in anticipation of the October 31 expiration date of the temporary rule that had allowed employers to use remote or virtual verification of employment eligibility documents. They also cover the details on DHS’s proposed rule (which may still include a remote or virtual option), whether DHS will impose document retention requirements, and how alternative options might impact fraudulent document detection. Ceri and Joey also discuss the merits of the possible impending revisions to the I-9 form.
What’s the Need-to-Know on Employee Affinity Groups?
Employee Affinity Groups—also known as Business Resource Groups—are groups of employees with common interests, concerns, or characteristics. Join Michelle Wimes, Ogletree Deakins’ Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer, as she discusses the purposes they serve, best practices for starting them, risks to watch out for, and more.