OSHA Hour: Medical and Recreational Marijuana and the Tightening Labor Market—What Does It Mean for Employers?

State and local laws legalizing recreational and medical marijuana have been “growing like a weed.” More and more of the population (including an increasing percentage of the workforce) is now legally using marijuana. This dynamic is forcing employers to make tough choices regarding whether to continue workplace drug tests that include marijuana or to eliminate those tests in the face of a tight labor pool for skilled employees and other workers. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the current state of the law and the options employers have to respond. The speakers will also address the practical considerations related to workplace safety and the impact of federal and state OSHA oversight and obligations.

Labor Law Foundation Series, Part II: The Fundamentals of Collective Bargaining

Though most union-free organizations hope to avoid bargaining altogether, collective bargaining skills are essential for business success when an employer has some unionized locations. These skills can also play an important role in the effort to remain union-free elsewhere. In this installment of the Labor Law Foundation Series, the speakers will review key bargaining concepts (including mandatory versus permissive subjects of bargaining, requests for information, proposal development, status quo/unilateral change, and impasse) and negotiation strategies. The speakers will also share practical tips on how to manage common collective bargaining scenarios, as well as cover responses to aggressive union leverage tactics, such as strikes, picketing, and corporate campaigns.

Labor Law Foundation Series, Part III: Unfair Labor Practice Charges and Litigation

Managing unfair labor practice (ULP) charges provides excellent experience for new labor practitioners. In the third installment of the Labor Law Foundation series, the speakers will discuss how ULP charges are handled, how National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional directors investigate allegations, how to interact with Board agents, how to evaluate requests for affidavits, and how to submit evidence through position statements, documentary evidence, and other means. The speakers will also discuss the dismissal of ULP charges and appeal rights, as well as what happens if a regional director finds merit, including settlement issues and options. This session will provide attendees with practical tips for handling their next ULP charge.

Labor Law Foundation Series, Part IV: Representation Cases

With an understanding of the relevant legal rules, the next step is learning the elements of a union organizing response plan. In this session of the Labor Law Foundation Series, the speakers will discuss the early warning signs, risk assessments, supervisor training concepts (including how to evaluate supervisor status), union authorization cards, campaign communications, delivery mechanisms, bargaining unit issues, and head count assessments. The speakers will also address what questions to ask during the organizing process and key considerations based on the responses.