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Post-Pandemic Religious Accommodation Requests and Objections: The New Workplace Swords and Shields
In this podcast, James Paul and Michael Eckard discuss recent developments with regard to religious accommodations in the workplace, and how employees use these accommodations as both swords and shields in the workplace. Our speakers discuss recent litigation regarding religious accommodation requests—both those related to COVID-19 and those that are unrelated to the pandemic. James and Michael also delve deep into the recent disparate treatment Third Circuit Court of Appeals case (brought by an employee who asked to not be scheduled on Sundays), which provided insights on what constitutes an undue hardship.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: OFCCP’s New Compliance and Enforcement Initiatives
In this podcast, Scott Kelly, co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Practice Group, sits down with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content at Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, to discuss recent directives and regulatory initiatives from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Scott examines the practical and legal implications of the changes in OFCCP’s position on covered contractors’ affirmative action plan obligations and the agency’s approach toward compliance reviews, sharing strategic considerations for contractors addressing these heightened demands. He also addresses the increased interagency coordination between OFCCP and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, providing insight into the potential compliance challenges that might come next for contractors.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 9—OSHA’s Focus on Heat Illness
In this podcast, recorded live from Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ annual labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Phillip Russell and Karen Tynan discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s plans to develop a new heat illness standard. Phillip, who is the host of our Dirty Steel-Toe Boots podcast series, and Karen share their insights on what OSHA might include in the forthcoming heat exposure standard and examine the provisions of OSHA’s new national emphasis program (NEP) targeting industries where heat-related hazards may exist, highlighting strategies for reducing occupational heat-related injury and illness.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Conducting a Personnel Audit in California—A Step-by-Step Guide
In this podcast, recorded live at Workplace Strategies 2022, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Los Angeles shareholder Betsy Johnson talks with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content, about the ins and outs of conducting personnel audits in California. Betsy shares strategies for conducting these understandably daunting audits and covers considerations unique to the most common form of audits—wage and hour—as well as highlighting common problems and pitfalls to avoid during the process.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Exploring Mental Health in the Workplace
Recorded live at Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, this podcast features a discussion with William Grob and Hera Arsen, Ph.D., about employee mental health as a key topic of workplace communications. Starting with a look into the social dynamics and complex considerations that have changed company cultures and employee perceptions, as well as expectations, about mental health in recent years, Bill examines the lingering toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on employee well-being and offers pragmatic tips on how to recognize and respond to employees who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Navigating Employee Privacy Rights in California
In this podcast, recorded live from Workplace Strategies 2022, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Los Angeles shareholder Betsy Johnson speaks with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content, about employee privacy rights under California law and the unique compliance challenges employers face as access to employee personal information increases with technological advancements. The speakers explore the tension between employers’ rights and obligations to safeguard their workplaces and the various invasion-of-privacy risks inherent in following employees on social media, handling medical records and personnel files, conducting background checks of job applicants, monitoring employee internet usage, and implementing drug-testing procedures. Betsy also discusses compliance steps that employers may want to consider taking to set employee expectations of workplace privacy.
My company has an organized workforce, and I found this really helpful in thinking about how to approach COVID-19 labor issues.
Workplace Safety in California- Cal/OSHA -COVID 19
What an informative and insightful podcast. Beneficial information to assist businesses comply and provide appropriate responses to inquiry.