What OFCCP’s Revitalized Enforcement Focus Means for Federal Construction Contractors

While the $1 trillion infrastructure bill signed by President Biden in 2021 offers a boon for some construction contractors, these profitable projects come with affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces. The agency has scheduled more than 100 construction audits using rigorous data and document requirements, and more audits are on the horizon. In addition, OFCCP recently launched a new secure online platform for covered contractors, the Notification of Construction Contract Award Portal. In this webinar, the speakers will share their insights on how to prepare for and successfully defend an OFCCP construction audit and provide best practices for complying with applicable federal contractor construction regulations.

Top Multistate Compliance Issues, Part II: Weed and Leave—How to Manage Two of Employers’ Biggest Headaches

Multistate employers face the daunting task of keeping up with a growing patchwork of employment laws on the federal, state, and local levels. In the second of our multistate compliance three-part series, we will discuss the most recent updates, changes, and challenges to paid safe and sick time laws as well as changing and ever-evolving paid family and medical leave state obligations. In addition, we will discuss the rapidly changing medical and recreational marijuana laws across the country from California and Mississippi to New Jersey and Rhode Island, and everything in between. Finally, we will analyze the impact of these new laws on employers that must balance their right to maintain drug-free workplaces with the rights of their employees.

Enforcing Substance Abuse Policies Under California’s New Marijuana Anti-Discrimination Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2188, which protects employees’ off-duty use of marijuana. AB 2188 not only amends the state’s anti-discrimination laws to protect off-duty use, but it prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees based on the results of commonly used marijuana drug tests. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the new law and address the practical implications affecting substance abuse policies and employee drug testing.

Franchise Brands and Employment Law Challenges: Disjointed Classification

Franchisors are facing increased legal scrutiny over their relationship with franchisees, due in no small part to the injection of employment law concepts that are at odds with the franchise relationship. This webinar will examine key litigation trends and legislative and regulatory issues impacting franchised brands today. Topics will include the latest efforts to expand liability for joint employment, employee misclassification, no-poach/no-hire agreements, and other related franchise relationship issues. This webinar will also provide insights and best practices on how to navigate these thorny legal challenges and minimize risk.

Betsy’s Briefings—Coffee, Tea, and California Employment Law

Personnel audits are an effective tool to help employers identify potential and actual problem areas that could lead to litigation and/or audits by various government agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the California Employment Development Department. Conducting an effective audit involves a review of personnel policies, procedures, and practices. This webinar will address determining the scope of the audit, developing the process for the audit, collecting and organizing data, reporting the audit findings, and creating an action plan.

Be Prepared: Pay Equity Considerations for Alabama Employers

All employers, including those in Alabama, are facing increasing pressure to disclose pay data and declare pay equity. In 2019, Alabama joined many other states by enacting pay equity legislation. The push for pay equity in Alabama continues and the state recently established the Alabama Workforce and Wage Gap Task Force. In this briefing, we will provide an overview of the various types of disclosure obligations and new pay equity state laws and trends that could impact Alabama employers. We also will discuss pay equity best practices, including how to conduct effective pay equity audits, and address some unintended consequences of the pay equity and workplace disclosure movement.

Birmingham, AL

Virtual Immigration Insights Symposium

Our virtual Immigration Insights Symposium will offer three informative sessions on key immigration law topics, including the potential impact of the upcoming midterm elections, the ongoing challenges of managing immigration programs in the current labor market, and best practices for post-pandemic immigration compliance. Speakers will include members of our Immigration Practice Group and special guests.

Top Multistate Compliance Issues, Part III: Remote Workers

Multistate employers face the daunting task of keeping up with a growing patchwork of employment laws on the federal, state, and local levels. This obligation has only intensified as more employers are allowing employees to work remotely. In the final webinar of our three-part series, we will review the various multistate compliance concerns associated with 100 percent remote workers and hybrid remote workers, including wage and hour, paid sick leave, expense reimbursement, and income and unemployment taxes. This webinar will be beneficial for employers with employees in as few as five states or as many as fifty states.

Betsy’s Briefings—Coffee, Tea, and California Employment Law

The words “intermittent leave” can make any HR professional a little nervous. Managing family and medical leaves that are not taken in blocks of time can be a headache for HR and can create operational issues for employers. Addressing intermittent leave in California is further complicated by overlapping provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, California’s pregnancy disability leave law, and the disability provisions of state and federal law. In this webinar, the speakers will review the various laws that provide for intermittent leave; discuss strategies for implementing intermittent leave policies and practices; address the importance of medical certifications; and offer tips for tracking intermittent leave and managing leave administration.

Labor Law Solutions

Please join us for Ogletree Deakins’ Labor Law Solutions (LLS) program on December 7-9, 2022, at the Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville.

Nashville, TN