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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. Contact us with topics you’d like to hear, questions, and feedback at client.services@ogletree.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter (@OgletreeDeakins).

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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. Contact us with topics you’d like to hear, questions, and feedback at client.services@ogletree.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter (@OgletreeDeakins).

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English

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Episodes

TITLE Immigration in the Life Sciences: Visa Categories in Groundbreaking Industries

3/1/2024
In this podcast, Amanda Goodman and Geeta Shah discuss the overlapping complexities and nuances of the U.S. immigration system and the dynamic world of the life sciences industry. The speakers cover visa categories and classifications uniquely suited to professionals in the life sciences industry and available H-1B cap exemption options for employers, as well as other considerations and challenges for employers operating in these crossover industries.

Duration:00:11:14

Safety Consultants and Workplace Safety Attorneys: Allies for Employers

3/1/2024
In this podcast, shareholders Karen Tynan (Sacramento) and Kevin Bland (Orange County) discuss how workplace safety and health professionals and attorneys can work together to best serve their employer-clients. Kevin and Karen, who is the West Coast chair of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, offer best practices for employers in situations that have crossed from being preventative to potential litigation. The speakers provide real-world examples of attorneys and safety consultants working together, as well as identify key problem areas. They also review the circumstances under which the attorney work-product doctrine and privileged communications come into play.

Duration:00:22:07

Multistate Monday: The Top 6 Groundhog Day Compliance Issues From Onboarding to Terminations and Everything in Between

2/19/2024
In this episode of our Multistate Monday podcast series, Lucas Asper (co-chair of the firm’s Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group), Susan Gorey, and Alejandro Perez review the top compliance challenges that come up frequently for multistate employers. The discussion focuses on six areas that can be problematic during the lifecycle of employment: onboarding, leaves of absence, remote work, wage and hour, protective covenants, and separation. Our speakers discuss notices employers are required to provide to employees, pay transparency developments, classification challenges, minimum wage rates across states and localities, best practices on leave administration, and the latest on noncompete agreements.

Duration:00:23:14

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: OSHA’s Proposed Transformation of the Fire Brigade Rule

2/13/2024
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast series, Frank Davis (shareholder, Dallas) and John Surma (shareholder, Houston) discuss OSHA’s comprehensive proposed rule on fire brigades that would update a 40-year-old standard to cover everything from training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to physical fitness and medical requirements to vehicle operation and vehicle standards. Frank and John cover details of the 250-page rule—which stands to significantly transform the fire brigade standard into an emergency response standard focusing not only on firefighting but also on emergency medical services (EMS), tactical rescue, and equivalent services provided by employers in workplaces. Finally, they discuss how this rule would change the face of emergency response across the country.

Duration:00:24:55

FMLA Case Studies: Lessons From Recent Leave Litigation

2/13/2024
In this podcast, Charles Thompson (co-chair of the firm’s Leaves of Absence/Reasonable Accommodation Practice Group), sits down with Stacy Bunck (shareholder, Kansas City), and John Stretton (office managing shareholder, Stamford) to discuss three new federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) decisions. The speakers cover the FMLA’s notice requirements and deadlines, the definition of a serious health condition, and the nuances involved with returning an employee to an equivalent position following a leave of absence.

Duration:00:20:46

Cross-Border Catch-Up: Considerations for Employers With Teleworkers Outside of the United States

2/2/2024
In the first episode of our new Cross-Border Catch-Up podcast series, Patty Shapiro (San Diego) and Lina Fernandez (Boston), both of whom are members of Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border Practice Group, discuss a broad range of issues to consider when employers expand their businesses with remote workforces in new countries. Patty and Lina highlight the importance of balancing the desire to enter new markets with the hurdles that strict employment laws may present. Our speakers cover protections for pregnant workers and mothers returning to work after the birth of a child; challenges related to remote employment relationships; and the timing and notification requirements for conducting lawful layoffs.

Duration:00:18:24

COVID in California in 2024? The Isolation Guidance and Cal/OSHA’s Regulations

2/1/2024
In this podcast, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the latest news and guidance from California on COVID-19 protocols. Kevin, who is a shareholder in Ogletree’s Orange County office, and Karen, the West Coast chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, cover the state’s break from federal CDC guidelines; Cal/OSHA’s non-emergency COVID-19 standards; and the new CDPH order changing protocols on outbreaks, the definition of “close contacts,” the duration of the infectious period, contact tracing, and more. Karen and Kevin also cover the shift in the definition of an outbreak from three cases in fourteen days to three cases during a seven-day period.

Duration:00:21:59

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: A Q&A on OSHA 300 Logs

1/30/2024
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast series, Frank Davis (shareholder, Dallas) and John Surma (shareholder, Houston) answer common questions about what must be recorded in OSHA 300 logs. Frank and John review the recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 and related agency guidance. They also cover how to determine what constitutes a significant injury or illness and days away from work, as well as rules that apply in the event of restricted work or a job transfer after an employee returns to work. They conclude with an explanation of whether a workplace qualifies as an “establishment” requiring its own injury logs under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Duration:00:31:37

Multistate Monday: A 2024 Forecast Covering the Biggest Issues of the New Year

1/30/2024
In this installment of Multistate Monday, the co-chairs of the Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, Dee Anna Hays (shareholder, Tampa), Lucas Asper (shareholder, Greenville), and Susan Gorey (of counsel, Indianapolis) provide an overview of the most pressing issues that multistate employers will be tracking in 2024. Our speakers tackle hot topics for the year, including OSHA’s amended recordkeeping and reporting requirements, OSHA’s national emphasis program on heat illness prevention, the NLRB’s final rule on joint employment, the DOL’s rule on independent contractors, the Supreme Court’s upcoming Chevron deference opinion, and federal and state developments in the area of noncompetition laws. Finally, Dee Anna, Lucas and Susan discuss the trend to legalize recreational marijuana use and various kinds of state paid leave requirements.

Duration:00:25:21

Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 22: The OSHA Buzz for 2024

1/30/2024
In this episode of Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Phillip Russell (shareholder, Tampa) is joined by Jim Plunkett (shareholder, Washington, D.C.), who is chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Governmental Affairs Practice Group and author of our weekly Beltway Buzz, to discuss the political, regulatory, and legal landscape in Washington, D.C., in 2024 and, in particular, what employers can expect from OSHA. Phillip and Jim cover the forthcoming Supreme Court decision addressing court deference to executive agencies; leadership changes at the DOL and OSHA; the federal budget and OSHA’s 2024 budget; the impending walkaround, heat, and workplace violence rules; and the impact the 2024 elections may have on all things related to OSHA.

Duration:00:27:14

Reasonable Accommodation and the ADA: New Cases Highlight Compliance Tips for Employers

1/26/2024
In this podcast, Charles Thompson (co-chair of the firm’s Leaves of Absence/Reasonable Accommodation Practice Group) sits down with Stacy Bunck (shareholder, Kansas City) and John Stretton (office managing shareholder, Stamford) to discuss three new reasonable accommodation decisions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They cover aspects of the litigation regarding remote work and whether applicants are qualified for a position. Charles, Stacy, and John also cover the courts’ emphasis on the duties and essential functions of the job in considering whether a requested accommodation is reasonable.

Duration:00:27:33

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: OSHA’s Expanded Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

1/16/2024
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast series, Frank Davis and John Surma discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new rule that requires some employers to submit injury and illness data electronically. Frank (shareholder, Dallas) and John (shareholder, Houston) review which employers are covered under the rule’s employee-count and industry definitions and where to find helpful information on the OSHA website. They also break down applicable deadlines, including the traditional February 1 posting deadline for the paper OSHA Form 300A and the new March 2 electronic submission deadline. John and Frank also cover the need to protect employees’ personally identifiable information and employers’ confidential and proprietary business information.

Duration:00:19:35

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Practical Pointers for the New Year

1/2/2024
In the first episode of the Safety Perspective From Region 6 podcast series in 2024, shareholders Frank Davis and John Surma offer practical tips for starting the new year off right, including reviewing records for accuracy and completeness, confirming that all trainings are up to date, and examining the workplace for hazards. Frank and John discuss OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Form 300, Form 300A, and Form 301, and they address the importance of checking that the logs match, are certified and signed, include proper coding, and are posted at the required time.

Duration:00:22:04

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: 2023 in Review and What to Expect in 2024

12/12/2023
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast, Frank Davis (shareholder, Dallas) and John Surma (shareholder, Houston) recap workplace safety and health developments from 2023, including the announced expansion of the instance-by-instance citation policy and whether it led to increased grouping of violations of the same standard into one citation. Frank and John also look ahead to 2024 and discuss the likelihood of new standards for heat injury and illness, infectious disease protections, workplace violence, and the future of the walkaround rule.

Duration:00:18:33

Multistate Monday: Data Privacy Laws—Breaches, Monitoring, AI, and More

12/11/2023
In this installment of Multistate Monday, Dee Anna Hays, who is chair of the Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, and Susan Gorey (of counsel, Indianapolis) are joined by Rebecca Bennett and Ben Perry to discuss multijurisdictional data privacy issues. Ben and Rebecca, both of whom are members of Ogletree’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group, discuss comprehensive data privacy laws, such as the GDPR and the CCPA/CPRA, and a number of areas that are related, including biometric privacy laws, employee monitoring, artificial intelligence, and surveillance. Our speakers discuss the surge in data breach lawsuits, common causes of action, data subject rights, and statutory private rights of action.

Duration:00:28:34

California Workplace Safety Case Studies: Lessons From Skylight Fall Cases

12/1/2023
In this podcast, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss skylight fall cases they have handled over the years and the unique issues these cases present for employers. From fall protection standards and due diligence requirements to BOI investigations and potential criminal penalties, this conversation covers a number of considerations for employers to keep in mind regarding skylight incidents. Kevin, a shareholder in Ogletree’s Orange County office, and Karen, who is the West Coast chair of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, also discuss the impact these events have on coworkers, post-incident tips, and preventive measures.

Duration:00:18:12

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: OSHA and the NLRB Working Together

11/28/2023
In this episode of our Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast, Frank Davis and John Surma review the October 31, 2023, memorandum of understanding entered into by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Frank and John discuss the impact of the agencies’ agreement to share information and to potentially conduct coordinated investigations and inspections. They also offer practical tips to help prepare employers for this new framework, including how effective and timely communication with employees may foster positive employee relations and lessen the chance of complaints that can lead to government investigations.

Duration:00:26:39

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Citations for Ineffective Training

11/14/2023
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast, John Surma (shareholder, Houston) and Frank Davis (shareholder, Dallas) discuss the increasing number of ineffective training citations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been issuing. John and Frank provide practical pointers on how to make training more effective, including tailoring training to different learning styles. The speakers cite videos, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises as teaching methods that can lead to successful training and a safe workplace.

Duration:00:24:38

Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Tales and Lessons From the Field

10/31/2023
In this episode of the Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast series, shareholders Frank Davis (Dallas) and John Surma (Houston) recount real-world workplace safety and health scenarios and lessons learned from those experiences. John and Frank, both members of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, review accidents involving manufacturing presses, a marijuana-related incident, and stacked pallets. Our speakers offer insights gained from these situations, including the importance of training, adherence to procedures, and not cutting corners.

Duration:00:25:14

Safety by the Numbers: How DOL Data, Stats, and Trends Can Help Employers

10/30/2023
In this podcast, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) data and statistics on workplace safety issues and reflect on how statistics and trends can help employers across different industries make business decisions. Kevin, who is a shareholder in Ogletree’s Orange County office, and Karen, the West Coast chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, also discuss how employers can use DOL information on everything from inspection records and accident abstract records to records of no violation and strategic code records to make more informed decisions for their safety programs.

Duration:00:28:33