In this podcast, John Surma and Frank Davis (both of whom are members of Ogletree Deakins’ Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group) discuss Rapid Response Investigations (RRIs), a tool that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is using with increasing frequency. Frank and John review best practices for employer responses to RRI letters, including the importance of timeliness; the utility of including a robust description of the employer’s business or industry and safety program; and a discussion on which employees to include on the employer’s investigation team.
New York Federal Court Rules on U.S. Department of Labor’s FFCRA Regulations
In this podcast, Ashley Cuttino and Burt Garland discuss the August 3, 2020, decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that struck down portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
In The Breakroom With Bill, Episode 3: What to Expect From OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Mandatory Vaccinations
In this episode of In the Breakroom, a podcast series on hot topics related to employment law, Bill Grob and Phillip Russell discuss President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021, announcement of a strategy for combating the COVID-19 pandemic that calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and implement a new emergency temporary standard (ETS). The speakers discuss the features that employers might expect from the anticipated ETS, including a requirement that employers with 100 or more employees mandate full vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing of their employees, as well as who will pay for weekly testing. The speakers also address the “grave danger” standard required for OSHA to issue an ETS.
Employee Well-Being and the Post-Pandemic Return to the Office
In this podcast, Chris Olmsted is joined by special guest Dr. Suzanne Hoffman to discuss the impact of remote work and the COVID-19 pandemic on employees as they return to the office. The speakers identify potential signs of a decline in engagement and morale among employees and offer tips to ease the transition back to the on-site workplace. The speakers also address the role that employee assistance programs can play in the transition process.