Global Solutions, Episode 23: Data Privacy Concerns Associated With Vaccination Policies

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Justin Tarka and Stephen Riga discuss the data privacy concerns related to vaccination policies. The speakers address wellness programs and other employer involvement in employee healthcare, including key considerations for collecting employee health information and implementing vaccination programs.

Global Solutions: The One in the New Year—A 2020 Recap

In this recap episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Bonnie Puckett reflect on episodes and developments from 2020, including mobile applications relating to COVID-19, remote working, and global mobility. They also discuss the top five areas of interest for employers in 2021.

Global Solutions, Episode 22: Key Considerations for Employers as the COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Emery and Katie Krouse discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and across Europe. The speakers address key considerations for employers, including vaccination policies, responding to employee concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and access to employee health information.

Global Solutions, Episode 21: Can Employers Fire Workers who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine and Other Conundrums

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Stephen Shore and Michael Comartin discuss factors that Canadian employers may need to consider as distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine nears fruition. The speakers will address the pros and cons of employer policies mandating vaccinations and considerations related to implementation of mandatory and voluntary policies.

Global Solutions, Episode 20: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Curtis Chow and Ethan Isaac address the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on holiday travel. The speakers discuss considerations for employers, including country-specific entry restrictions, work visas, and how to protect the workplace following travel by employees.

Global Solutions, Episode 19: To Party or Not to Party? That is the Question

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Jean Kim discuss whether employers can host workplace holiday parties during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gathering restrictions in a number of jurisdictions. The speakers also provide alternatives to in-person gatherings to aid employers in maintaining employee morale.

Global Solutions, Episode 18: Workplace Transmission During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Jaslyn Johnson and Rebecca Emery discuss what constitutes a COVID-19 workplace outbreak or cluster in various jurisdictions. The speakers also cover the different requirements placed on employers that are faced with an outbreak, including mandatory disinfection procedures, the use of contact tracing apps, business closures, protocols for sending employees home and returning them to work after a quarantine, and seeking health information from employees.

Global Solutions, Episode 17: Global Mask Requirements

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Andre Appel provide a high-level roundup of mask mandates in various countries around the world. The speakers explain how these mandates impact employers and the new enforcement requirements for their workplaces.

Global Solutions, Episode 16: An Overview of COVID-19 Litigation

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Bonnie Puckett and Dan Dauplaise discuss variations in international laws on at-will employment, severance, terminations for cause, and terminations of employment agreements. The speakers explain COVID-19-related dismissals and the various ways they can be challenged through litigation across the globe.

Global Solutions, Episode 15: Policy Updates During a Global Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Alexis Borestel and Mami Kato discuss internal work rules, and how employers may wish to modify them in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers explain internal regulations and work rules in effect in a number of European countries, as well as in Japan, South Korea, Peru, China, and other nations.

Global Solutions, Episode 14: Stealth Expatriates and Related Tax Implications

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Jean Kim and Mike Mahoney discuss the tax implications that emerge when expatriates work remotely outside of the United States both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss income tax, social tax, and administrative issues employers may face when their employees travel and work internationally.

Global Solutions, Episode 13: New Support Initiatives to Maintain Workforces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Justin Tarka and Ryan Martin discuss a variety of government programs and subsidies in Singapore, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across Europe to maintain workforces during the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers also discuss new legislation regarding reductions in force and redundancies, wage support initiatives, and increased unemployment benefits.

The Complete Works of Global Solutions (Abridged and Revised): A Recap and Updates from Previous Episodes of the Global Solutions Series

In this recap edition of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac, Bonnie Puckett, and Carson Burnham look back on the last six episodes and reflect on trends in remote work arrangements in Europe and across the globe, Chinese privacy laws, the new Chinese sexual harassment law, and other topics that have emerged across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Solutions, Episode 12: Getting Down to Business in a COVID-19 Era

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Katie Krouse and Adolfo Blonval address sector-specific COVID-19 guidelines that multinational employers may want to consider as they navigate an evolving COVID-19 business environment. The speakers discuss country-specific guidance for various industries, including manufacturing, retail, personal services, tourism, and hospitality.

Global Solutions, Episode 11: Stop in the Name of Leave—the Latest on COVID-19 Leave Laws

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Rebecca Emery and Susanna Bramlett address leaves of absence from employment during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of employees who are ill, considered to be in vulnerable populations, have been exposed to the virus, have an ill family member, or facing childcare challenges as a result of schools that are opening virtually. The speakers also discuss the statutory leave laws that have been enacted since the beginning of the pandemic as well as COVID-19-related reasons that precipitate a leave of absence.

Global Solutions, Episode 10: China’s New Civil Law on Sexual Harassment and Privacy Rights

In this podcast, Amanda Quan and Skye Hao discuss China’s new law addressing sexual harassment and individual privacy rights, marking the first time that employers in China have been required to make affirmative efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace. Our speakers also address the new civil code chapter addressing the right to privacy and protection of personal information.

Global Solutions, Episode 9: School’s Out For … Ever

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Chris Anderson and Enrique A. Del Cueto-Pérez discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school reopenings and the various approaches that local and federal governments are taking to assist employers and employees return to work as schools systems move forward.

Global Solutions: COVID-19 Testing and Screenings

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Greg Hawran and Mauricio Romero discuss the legal landscape of COVID-19 testing and screenings for global employers as they continue to return their employees to work during the pandemic.

Global Solutions, Episode 7: Redundancies During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Andre Appel and Carson Burnham discuss the use of redundancies by employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including short-time programs and government programs to avoid mass terminations.

Global Solutions: The Second Wave

In this recap edition of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac and Bonnie Puckett look back on our first six episodes and reflect on what global workplaces may expect from a second wave of COVID-19 response measures.

Global Solutions: Consent to Collect? Processing Employee COVID-19 Data

In the sixth episode of the Global Solution series, Justin Tarka and Stephen Riga discuss issues related to employee consent to collect health information as part of screening and monitoring processes implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The speakers discuss considerations regarding the collection of health data across the European Union and the United States, including the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. federal and state laws.

Global Solutions: Virtual Workplaces Worldwide—Working from Home Across the Globe

In the fifth episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Dan Dauplaise and Ethan Isaac discuss the various implications for employers with global workforces that are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including government regulations on workplace safety and health, reimbursements, and equipment.

Global Solutions: Workforces Stranded Abroad! Post-Proclamation and Post-Pandemic

In the fourth episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Ceridwen Koski and Diana Nehro discuss the impact of United States presidential proclamations issuing travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on key considerations regarding immigration, tax law, employee benefits, intellectual property, and restrictive covenants.

Global Solutions: Go Away! International Travel and Border Restrictions

In the third episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Curtis Chow and Jean Kim discuss the impact of various border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on international business travel, including considerations for global employers facing mandatory quarantines and visa bans.

Global Solutions: What’s up Doc? The Role of Designated Medical Providers in Returning Employees to Work

In this episode of the Global Solutions series by Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group, Carolyn Knox and Rebecca Marks discuss the role of occupational health providers in the European Union and Latin America, including how employers can effectively interact with occupational health providers during reopening post-COVID-19.

Global Solutions: There’s an App for That

In a new podcast, members of Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border practice group explores global solutions for a multinational workforce. In this new world of quickly-changing, often-conflicting laws post-pandemic, we will boil down what employers must do and can’t you do, and provide tips to manage risk. This week, Bonnie Puckett discusses employers’ use of mobile applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on key considerations deploying a global application to collect employee data. For additional resources, check out Ogletree Deakins Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.