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Welcome to the Ogletree Deakins podcast page. Here, you can expect to hear timely and conversational discussions on labor and employment law topics covering the latest developments and trending issues impacting employers. We encourage you to subscribe and also rate and review if you find the podcast useful. Now that you’re a listener, here’s a little bit about us. Ogletree Deakins is an international labor and employment law firm representing management in every aspect of labor and employment-related legal matters. We represent employers of all sizes and across many industries, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. We provide cove...

Workplace Safety in California: Cal/OSHA Inspector Interviews
Last Monday at 3:32 PM

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California podcast series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss Cal/OSHA inspectors’ interviews of employees, including the rights of employees, the agency, and counsel. The speakers also address tactics, strategies, and best practices for employers to consider in preparing for employee interviews.


COVID-19 Vaccinations: The Top Issues Facing California Staffing Agencies
Last Friday at 1:38 PM

In this podcast, Charles Thompson, Patty Matias, and Christian Keeney discuss vaccination policies for temporary employees in California. The speakers address the unique challenges for staffing agencies and employers with temporary workers regarding mandatory vaccinations and vaccine incentive programs.


Global Solutions, Episode 25: Diversity Data Beyond Borders
04/08/2021

In this crossover episode of our Global Solutions podcast series and our newly-launched DE&I@Work series, Bonnie Puckett and Justin Tarka provide an overview of the use of diversity surveys as part of an employer’s diversity and inclusion program. The speakers address data privacy implications and discuss best practices for data collection. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials. Ogletree Deakins’ DE&I@Work series focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including roundtables with diversity and inclusion stakeholders. A companion article and othe...


Breaking Down Benefits: ERISA Plan Documents and Summary Plan Descriptions
04/05/2021

In this podcast, Jason Rothman discusses the plan documents and summary plan descriptions of retirement and health plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).


TECHPLACETM Talk: AI and Emerging Technologies
03/26/2021

In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs, Jenn Betts, Stephen Riga, and Justin Tarka discuss artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics, robotics, and other emerging technologies, and the compliance issues that arise from their use, including privacy concerns.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: The SAFE Workers Act
03/25/2021

On January 13, 2021, the Secure and Fair Elections for Workers Act (SAFE Workers Act) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the March edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe discusses the proposed legislation and the current state of mail- and manual-ballot representation elections.


Employment Law Legends, Episode 6: The ADA Strikes Back in Sutton v. United Air Lines, Inc.
03/23/2021

Is a person who wears glasses considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The answer to this question would perplex the courts for years and lead to a legendary showdown between Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. When the dust settled, disability law would be changed forever.


The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Employers’ ADA, FMLA, PDA, and State Law Obligations
03/22/2021

On February 15, 2021, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Charles Thompson and Lisa Burton discuss the protections in the proposed legislation. The speakers also address employers’ current obligations with regard to pregnant workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and state-specific statutes.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 3: COVID-19 Outbreaks
03/12/2021

In the final episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the term “outbreak” as it is defined in the standards, employers’ reporting obligations, and testing requirements. They also provide some predictions and insights on what ETS amendments may be forthcoming.


California Meal Break Requirements: Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC
03/09/2021

On February 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of California addressed meal break periods in its opinion in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC. In this podcast, Charles Thompson and Doug Farmer discuss the three holdings of the opinion and address the ruling’s practical implications for employers.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 2: Hierarchy of Controls
03/09/2021

In the second episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards , Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the hierarchy of controls, which may include workplace modifications such as solid partitions, air quality improvements, and the use of personal protective equipment. The speakers also address reporting positive cases, excluding employees from the workplace, and returning employees following exclusion.


This is Labor in California, Episode 4: Predictions for 2021
03/08/2021

In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas and Daniel Adlong each discuss their top three predictions regarding organized labor in California in 2021.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 1: Definitions and Requirements
03/04/2021

In the first episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland provide background on the ETS. In addition, the speakers discuss the key elements and implementation of the standards, including the written COVID-19 Prevention Program, recordkeeping, COVID-19 exposure protocols, and notices.


Global Solutions, Episode 24: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
02/26/2021

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Andre Appel and Jaslyn Johnson provide an overview of the use of COVID-19 surveillance testing globally. The speakers also address the types of COVID-19 testing and data protection concerns arising under the General Data Protection Regulation. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.


Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: China Sexual Harassment Case Briefing
02/25/2021

In this Global Solutions flash briefing, Skye Hao discusses two recent landmark sexual harassment cases in China and the enactment of China’s civil code, which took effect on January 1, 2021. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes more country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.


Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: South Korea Employment Law Update
02/12/2021

In this Global Solution flash briefing, Jean Kim discusses two key employment law updates impacting employers in South Korea. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes more country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.


This Is Labor in California, Episode 3: Granting Access to Private Property During Labor Disputes
02/08/2021

In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas, Daniel Adlong, and Sean Kramer review the rights of labor unions in California to access private property during labor disputes. The speakers discuss the burdens associated with obtaining an injunction during a labor dispute, in addition to California’s Moscone Act and relevant case law.


Global Solutions, Flash Briefing: Japan’s 2021 Response to COVID-19
02/05/2021

In this Global Solutions flash briefing, Mami Kato discusses the Government of Japan’s response to evidence that new strains of COVID-19 have emerged and an increase in positive cases generally. In addition, she addresses the recently extended state of emergency, entry restrictions, vaccination rollout, and the impending Summer Olympic Games. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full podcast episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.


NYC Fast-Food Law: Understanding New Worker Protections
02/04/2021

With the enactment of New York City’s new employment laws for the fast-food industry, fast-food employers may soon face significant new requirements effective July 4, 2021. The speakers discuss the “just cause” standard and how it limits at-will employment in the New York City fast-food industry. They also address progressive discipline policies, penalties for noncompliance, and other key considerations for fast-food employers operating in New York City.


Global Solutions, Episode 23: Data Privacy Concerns Associated With Vaccination Policies
01/26/2021

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Justin Tarka and Stephen Riga discuss the data privacy concerns related to vaccination policies. The speakers address wellness programs and other employer involvement in employee healthcare, including key considerations for collecting employee health information and implementing vaccination programs.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: A Preview of Labor Law Policies Under President Biden
01/22/2021

In the January edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe and Tom Davis examine the impact on labor issues of the newly inaugurated president and the Democratic-controlled 117th United States Congress. The speakers address the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) vacancies, case decisions, and pending regulations. They also address the NLRB’s possible agenda and the Biden administration’s potential legislative priorities, including the reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019.


Global Solutions: The One in the New Year—A 2020 Recap
01/08/2021

In this recap episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Bonnie Puckett reflect on episodes and developments from 2020, including mobile applications relating to COVID-19, remote working, and global mobility. They also discuss the top five areas of interest for employers in 2021.


Global Solutions, Episode 22: Key Considerations for Employers as the COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available
12/31/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Emery and Katie Krouse discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and across Europe. The speakers address key considerations for employers, including vaccination policies, responding to employee concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and access to employee health information.


Third Thursdays With Ruthie: What to Expect From Organized Labor in 2021
12/18/2020

In the December edition of our Third Thursdays series, special guests Tom Davis, Tim Kamin, and Elizabeth Soveranez discusses recent trends and predictions for organized labor in 2021. The speakers address the impact of the 2020 elections, appointments by the Biden administration, and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019.


Global Solutions, Episode 21: Can Employers Fire Workers who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine and Other Conundrums
12/18/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Stephen Shore and Michael Comartin discuss factors that Canadian employers may need to consider as distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine nears fruition. In this webinar, the speakers will address the pros and cons of employer policies mandating vaccinations and considerations related to implementation of mandatory and voluntary policies.


Global Solutions, Episode 20: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
12/08/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Curtis Chow and Ethan Isaac address the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on holiday travel. In this webinar, the speakers discuss considerations for employers, including country-specific entry restrictions, work visas, and how to protect the workplace following travel by employees.


Global Solutions, Episode 20: Puerto Rico’s Reporting Requirement
12/04/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Enrique Del Cueto-Pérez discusses reporting requirements for confirmed and suspected positive cases of COVID-19 for employers with employees in Puerto Rico.


Global Solutions, Episode 19: To Party or Not to Party? That is the Question
11/25/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Jean Kim discuss whether employers can host workplace holiday parties during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gathering restrictions in a number of jurisdictions. The speakers also provide alternatives to in-person gatherings to aid employers in maintaining employee morale.


Third Thursdays With Ruthie: NLRB Election Procedures During COVID-19
11/20/2020

In the November edition of our Third Thursdays series, special guest Tom Davis discusses about the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) election procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Davis reviews the new guidelines from the November 9, 2020, NLRB’s decision regarding the use of manual- and mail-ballot elections.


TECHPLACE™ Talk: The Future of Work—A Global Perspective on the Impact of the Pandemic
11/17/2020

In this podcast, Danielle Ochs, Jenn Betts, Bud Bobber, and Simon McMenemy discuss the global shift to remote work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers explain recent strategies regarding telework, including digital collaboration tools, robotics and automation, cybersecurity advances, data collection and privacy, and technological solutions that facilitate remote productivity, among other recent trends.


Global Solutions, Episode 18: Workplace Transmission During the COVID-19 Pandemic
11/13/2020

In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Jaslyn Johnson and Rebecca Emery discuss what constitutes a COVID-19 workplace outbreak or cluster in various jurisdictions. The speakers also cover the different requirements placed on employers that are faced with an outbreak, including mandatory disinfection procedures, the use of contact tracing apps, business closures, protocols for sending employees home and returning them to work after a quarantine, and seeking health information from employees.


This Is Labor in California, Episode 2: Concerted Refusals to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
11/05/2020

In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas and Sean Kramer discuss the rights of employees to refuse to work and how those rights have been exercised during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers also address how the National Labor Relations Board evaluates what constitutes protected activity.


A Deeper Dive Into Cal/OSHA Litigation, Part Three: Due Process, Vagueness, and Independent Contractors
11/05/2020

In the third episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA litigation, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss violations of due process such as whether Cal/OSHA workplace safety citations and notices of penalty give clear notice and provide employers with the ability to prepare a defense. In addition, the speakers discuss whether workers may be independent contractors and the ins and outs of employee misclassifications under California’s new ABC test.


California’s Fair Chance Act: New Criminal History Use Regulations on the Ban-the-Box Law
11/03/2020

In this podcast, Charles Thompson and Betsy Johnson discuss the California Fair Chance Act and the new regulations and guidance that the California Fair Employment and Housing Council and Department of Fair Employment and Housing have issued about the law. The speakers explain the state law’s prohibitions on what employers can ask applicants regarding their criminal histories in addition to covering local ban-the-box ordinances.


A Deeper Dive Into Cal/OSHA Litigation, Part Two: Jurisdiction and Citation Classifications
11/03/2020

In the second episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA litigation, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss Cal/OSHA’s jurisdiction versus the jurisdiction of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In addition, the speakers discuss the various classifications of workplace safety citations, including classification and characterization appeals.


Global Solutions, Episode 18: Mexico’s Outsourcing Laws and Internal Work Regulations
10/28/2020

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Mauricio Romero discusses Mexico’s laws regarding outsourcing and subcontracting work. The speaker also explains mandatory internal work regulations in Mexico. Listen to additional Global Solutions podcasts. Ogletree Deakins Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center – Global


A Deeper Dive Into Cal/OSHA Litigation, Part One: Appeals, Defenses, and Burdens of Proof
10/28/2020

In the first episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA litigation, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the burden of proof in litigation over a Cal/OSHA citation, late-filed appeals, late petitions for reconsideration, and reporting requirements for serious injuries. The speakers also address affirmative defenses regarding the length of time to issue citations.


COVID-19 Litigation and Labor Relations: Recent Union Trends During the Pandemic
10/22/2020

In this podcast, Ashley Cuttino and Bindu Gross discuss the wide scope of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on both unionized and nonunionized workforces. The speakers also explain recent tactics unions have used to promote organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Global Solutions, Episode 17: Global Mask Requirements
10/21/2020

In this episode of the Global Solutions podcast series, Rebecca Marks and Andre Appel provide a high-level roundup of mask mandates in various countries around the world. The speakers explain how these mandates impact employers and the new enforcement requirements for their workplaces. Listen to additional Global Solutions podcasts. Working During the Pandemic—Current Occupational Safety Regulations in Germany COVID-19: FAQs for Employers Doing Business in Germany Cal/OSHA Recommends Emergency COVID-19 Regulation With PPE and Training Provisions San Francisco Issues Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public and in Workplaces California Issues Employer COVID-19 Playbook Guidance for Enforcing Mask Requirements Ca...


The Top Five Remote Workplace Investigation Mistakes
10/20/2020

In this podcast, Andre’ Caldwell and Diana Nehro discuss lessons learned about conducting remote workplace investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers explain the benefits of flexibility, how company culture matters to investigation results, the advantages of planning ahead, and mastering technological devices that facilitate remote investigations.