Working Wise was created by the K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice to provide updates and compliance tips to lawyers and HR professionals.
Silenced No More: A Survey Across Three States
Penny Chen, Jin To, and Jessica Kang, lawyers in K&L Gates’ Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice group, discuss California, Illinois, and Washington states’ various “silence no more” type acts, which prohibit employers from entering into agreements with employees that would prevent them from discussing or disclosing certain workplace conduct, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and more.
2021 Health Care Employment Law Year in Review and a Look Forward
In this episode, Lou Patalano, Jacqueline Hoffman, and Spencer Hamer discuss employment law and the health care sector. They give a review of highlights from 2021, as well as developments that will impact employment law and the health care sector in 2022, including vaccine mandates, non-competes, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Appropriate Costumes vs. Cultural Appropriation: A Halloween Guide for Employers
With Halloween creeping up, Rio Gonzalez and Claire Flowers offer various considerations employers should keep in mind as they plan any in-person or virtual holiday-related festivities for their workforce.
COVID-19: K&L Gates Working Wise: Federal Government to Require Employers and Federal Contractors to Mandate Employee Vaccination or Weekly Testing
Bryan Cantrell summarizes the White House’s recent announcements directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to mandate coronavirus vaccination or weekly negative testing for in-person workforce, as well as President new Biden’s Executive Order. This states new and renewed federal government contracts and subcontracts must include language requiring compliance with Safer Work Force Taskforce requirements mandating vaccination.
K&L Gates Working Wise: OFCCP Enforcement in the Health Care Space
Health Care partners Sarah Carlins and Jackie Hoffman interview Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety partner Craig Leen in this episode of Working Wise, recorded in collaboration with our Triage podcast. As the former director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor, Craig shares engaging insights about OFCCP enforcement in the health care industry and what health care entities can do to ensure compliance with OFCCP requirements, including affirmative action and non-discrimination.
Transitioning to the “New” Normal -- Strategic Considerations for Moving to Long-Term Work From Home
A number of businesses that historically operated in a traditional office environment have been forced into temporary work-from-home arrangements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses are now considering transitioning to more formal work-from-home or hybrid models, as businesses and employees have discovered some of the benefits of working from home in the last several months. In light of this movement, this podcast focuses on the issues companies should consider when managing a remote workforce for the long-term. Listen as Leann Walsh, a partner in K&L Gates' Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety Practice, and Ali Greene, founder of cohana, a consulting business that helps companies succeed in their transition to remote work, discuss the business and legal tips all companies should know during this transition.