Oregon recently joined the list of states that have enacted COVID-19-specific safety regulations. The new regulations issued by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) are broad in scope and very detailed. During this webinar, the speakers will explain the requirements of the regulations for all workplaces. In addition, they will discuss written plan requirements, employee training obligations, and appendices for industry-specific activities. The speakers will additionally review action items for compliance and workable solutions for Oregon employers.
On November 3, 2020, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana. In this webinar, the speaker will discuss how this change will affect employers doing business in Mississippi and elsewhere in the southeast. The speaker will address several issues impacted by this development, including drug testing, enforcing drug-free workplace policies against applicants and employees, reasonable accommodation requests and other disability-related issues, and related medical marijuana laws and court cases from other states that could provide a preview for Mississippi employers in handling this difficult issue. This webinar will prepare attendees to address the myriad marijuana issues Mississippi employers are facing today.
Over the last few weeks, two drug manufacturers announced the results of late-stage trials for COVID-19 vaccines, and some manufacturers now say they are poised to launch widespread distribution of their vaccines by April 2021. Employers planning for the arrival of a vaccine are facing an array of issues to consider when implementing vaccination-related policies. Although mandatory vaccination policies may be legal if worded properly, implementing such policies can prove challenging, at least in the near term. In this webinar, our speakers will discuss relevant factors employers may want to consider when implementing vaccination policies such as whether they should be voluntary, mandatory, or some hybrid of both, as well as maintaining employee morale, handling enforcement issues, and managing accommodation requests. The webinar will also cover practical issues regarding distribution of a new vaccine, the administrative burden of implementing a new policy, and the costs associated with vaccinating employees.
The ongoing global pandemic and the November elections ushered in a number of changes for unions, including remote organizing, novel collective bargaining conflicts, and the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. In addition, the uncertain future of representation-case rule amendments, ongoing pandemic-related protected concerted activity, and myriad new National Labor Relations Board rulings—including a November 9, 2020, decision establishing new standards for conducting mail and manual ballot elections—have presented new labor challenges for employers. During this webinar, the speakers will review where organized labor has been and where it is heading as this unpredictable year draws to a close.
The results of the presidential and congressional elections on November 3, 2020, will invariably bring about changes to the labor and employment law landscape. In this webinar, Jim Plunkett, the author of Ogletree Deakins’ popular Beltway Buzz, will discuss the election results and the possible impact on employers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been relatively quiet during the Trump administration, so employers are anxious to know what plans the Biden administration has for the agency in 2021 and beyond. Who will lead OSHA? Will the agency revise or implement new COVID-19 requirements? What will be the agency’s new enforcement priorities? What new standards may become rulemaking priorities? Join our speakers as they gaze into the crystal ball to see the future of OSHA.