In this installment of our webinar series discussing the essential elements and procedures needed for implementation of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies and processing of medical/religious exemption requests, the speakers will discuss the latest best practices, pitfalls, and legal guidance regarding these issues. And, on September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced sweeping requirements through an executive order, including mandating that all private employers with 100 or more employees require vaccinations and/or weekly testing, that all healthcare employers who participate in Medicare and Medicaid require vaccination, and that all executive-agency employees and some employees of federal contractors and subcontractors be vaccinated. The speakers will address these landmark issues and more.
Immigration law is constantly evolving, and during the pandemic a new set of challenges has emerged. This webinar will focus on strategies that employers can utilize to navigate the remote work landscape effectively while maintaining compliance with immigration regulations and minimizing disruption to sponsored foreign national employees. The speakers will present options for immigration sponsorship in a tight labor market and provide guidance on managing this growing need. The speakers will also discuss employment eligibility verification (Form I-9), including current verification policies and steps employers may want to consider taking prior to the expiration of these policies. Finally, the speakers will answer common questions associated with COVID-19-related international travel bans, including who is exempt, what exceptions exist, how to apply for a waiver, and what options there are for employers with employees stranded outside the United States.
If you are mystified by phrases such as “regular rate of pay” and “weighted average,” then you are not alone. Many businesses have questions about the proper method to calculate overtime pay, given that an error can lead to costly litigation (particularly in states like California). In this webinar, the speakers will explain what is required to be included in the overtime rate and discuss the specific calculations to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. The speakers will also address California-specific calculations for meal and rest break premiums and flat-sum bonuses. This webinar is designed for in-house counsel and other professionals who oversee compensation plans, including human resources and payroll team members.
As more states move to legalize marijuana, employers are faced with complex and wide-ranging workplace issues created by the growing patchwork of federal, state, and local laws. While some employers may view marijuana legalization as simply a drug-testing issue, laws governing marijuana cover a wide variety of topics, including statutory and regulatory compliance, disability discrimination, workplace safety and health, government contractor status, workers’ compensation, employee privacy, and public policy concerns.
The issuance of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard mandating vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing may be followed by similar requirements at the state and local levels in California. As a result, California employers may have to apply the state exemptions relating to religious and medical accommodations. In this webinar, the speakers will explain the differences between the federal and state religious and medical exemption standards. The speakers will also provide attendees with a step-by-step framework to analyze California employees’ religious and medical vaccine and testing accommodation requests.