Category Archives: Legal

Employment Law Legends, Episode 4 – The Burdens of Proof: McDonnell Douglas Corporation v. Green



In the fourth episode of Employment Law Legends, Paul Rinnan examines the evolution of the famous McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting framework and its lasting impact on the nature of proof in employment lawsuits.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: The Intersection of Technology and Labor Law



In this special crossover episode of the “Third Thursdays with Ruthie” and “Tech-Tuned Workplace” podcast series, Ruthie Goodboe, Jennifer Betts, and Zeb Curtin (Senior Labor & Employment Lawyer and Team Lead at Cargill) discuss artificial intelligence (AI) in the labor law space. They cover how employers and unions might use AI, automation’s impact on labor organizing, and key takeaways for employers for harnessing the power of AI—and avoiding the risks.


Tech-Tuned Workplace, Episode 4: The Rise of Digital Workplace Apps



In the fourth episode of our “Tech-Tuned Workplace” series, Jennifer Betts, Ruthie Goodboe, and Evan Moses discuss the rise of digital workplace apps. They address the kinds of digital workplace apps that employers use, the gamification of the workplace, the benefits and risks of digital workplace apps, and how to minimize these risks.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: New Union Election Regulations



In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe and Tom Davis discuss the new final rule on union elections that the NLRB issued on December 13. The Board did not rescind the “ambush” or “quickie” election regulations that went into effect in 2015, but did alter some—though not all—of the provisions that many employers found particularly challenging.


Multiemployer Fund Withdrawal Liability



In this podcast, Tom Vasiljevich and Grace Ristuccia discuss withdrawal liability and the sale of assets exemption under ERISA § 4204. Tom and Grace explore why structuring an asset sale to comply with this exemption might serve the interests of not only the seller but also the buyer.


Lots of Leaves: Managing FMLA Abuse and Other Challenging Leave Issues



From Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) fraud and abuse to intermittent leave, the number of challenging leave situations that employers potentially face may seem infinite. In this podcast, Sarah Platt and Suzanne Watson provide employers with practical tips and tools for managing vexing leave issues and curbing misuse of leave.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: The Intersection of Religion and Labor Law



In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe examines how religious discrimination and accommodation intersect with traditional labor law. She will cover religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, best practices for handling requests for religious accommodation when an employee is governed by a collective bargaining agreement, and how Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act comes into play with religious accommodation.


Building and Maintaining a Positive Manufacturing Work Environment



In this podcast, Mike Cramer and Tim Wolfe discuss ways to strive for a harassment-free and litigation-free manufacturing work environment. They will cover four key strategies: maintaining strong policies, implementing regular training, conducting good investigations, and not just having good policies, but living them as well.


Workplace Safety in California, Episode 5: California Safety Regulations



In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss how California safety regulations are enacted. Kevin and Karen explain the rulemaking process, including how potential regulations are introduced, the benefits of participating in the review and commentary process, how long it takes to enact a regulation, and when businesses can obtain variances.


Tech-Tuned Workplace, Episode 3: The Role of Technology in HR



In the third episode of our “Tech-Tuned Workplace” series, Jennifer Betts and several HR professionals discuss how technology affects the way that organizations interact with their employees. The speakers address the technologies they use on a daily basis, the challenge of incorporating technology while ensuring employees remain connected and engaged, and how technology will continue to evolve and impact the workplace.