In this installment of Multistate Monday, Dee Anna Hays, who is chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, is joined by Phillip Russell, who is a member of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group and the host of the Dirty Steel-Toe Boots podcast series. Dee Anna and Phillip discuss the multistate compliance issues arising from the existence of 22 OSHA-approved state workplace safety and health programs. Our speakers discuss heat illness standards, reporting requirements, drug testing, workers’ compensation, and guns in the workplace.
Employment terminations are serious business and fraught with potential challenges. The simple idea that at-will employees can be discharged for any legal reason without incurring claims, defense costs, and possible liability, may be unrealistic. Join hosts Bud Bobber and Mark Johnson as they explore the seven questions employers should ask themselves before discharging an employee to help ensure that a discharge is appropriate, defensible, and fair.
In this podcast, Frank Davis, John Surma, and David Walston, members of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program whereby the agency randomly selects employers for “wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling” inspections without identifying an accident or hazard. The speakers review data indicating that OSHA inspections, citations, and penalties are on the rise, and offer insights into the reasons for the increase, particularly in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.
In this podcast, Kelly Cardin returns to share additional tips and strategies for employees continuing to work from home, including scheduling and prioritizing tasks, managing childcare responsibilities, and maintaining personal wellness.