In this podcast recorded at Ogletree Deakins’ national Workplace Strategies seminar, our panel analyzes microaggressions in the workplace and how they can have detrimental effects on workplace morale and productivity and can even expose employers to negative publicity and liability. Austin Office Managing Shareholder Erika Leonard is joined by Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Lia Dorsey and Morristown (NJ) Office Managing Shareholder Steve Luckner in a discussion that covers how casual workplace comments that may not seem to have malicious intent can be viewed as hurtful or, in some cases, discriminatory. Our speakers offer insights on the nuances of workplace communications and how best to ensure employees’ interoffice interactions can be productive, rather than reductive.
In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Eric Lee discuss recent guidance from the Philippines’ Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) that requires employers in the “Special Economic Zones” to have 10 percent of their employees working on-site in order to continue receiving corporate tax incentives. As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to increase again and employees continue to work from home, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has appealed to the FIRB to maintain the previous status quo. (Since the recording of this podcast, the FIRB denied the appeal.)
On September 13, 2021, New York City began enforcing Executive Order No. 225 (“Key to NYC”), which requires individuals show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering certain indoor establishments. In this podcast, Kelly Cardin and Jessica Schild discuss the key requirements of the executive order, including exemptions and penalties. The speakers also address significant compliance considerations implicated by the New York City Human Rights Law.
In this podcast, members of Ogletree Deakins’ Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group discuss workplace violence, with a focus on healthcare settings. John Surma, Wayne Pinkstone, and Phillip Jones review the duty to provide a hazard-free workplace and guidance provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They also address how workplace violence incidents may lead to a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause. Karen Tynan, chair of Ogletree’s West Coast OSHA practice, joins the conversation to discuss Cal/OSHA’s approach to the threat of workplace violence, the need to address environmental risk factors, and abatement of a hazardous condition after an incident.