Category Archives: Legal

Oregon Employment Law, Episode 2: Managing Medical and Religious Accommodation Requests Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

In this episode of our Oregon Employment Law podcast series, Paul Cirner and Florence Mao discuss the requirements of federal and state statutes regarding religious and medical accommodations—including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Oregon’s disability and antidiscrimination laws—and their relevance to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The speakers also provide key considerations for employers responding to medical accommodation requests.

Oregon Employment Law, Episode 1: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates—What Oregon Employers Need to Know

In the first episode of our new Oregon Employment Law podcast series, Paul Cirner and Florence Mao discuss recent changes to the Oregon Health Authority’s temporary rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees in healthcare settings. The rule now includes an updated effective date and documentation requirements for medical or religious exceptions. The speakers also address the interplay between the pending emergency temporary standard from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 4: Corporate Safety Culture

In this episode of Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, a podcast for employers about OSHA enforcement, Mark Ligon, vice president of safety and risk management for the Vecellio Group, joins Phillip Russell to discuss how businesses can create and maintain cultures of corporate safety, as well as leverage employee and management engagement to achieve success.

New York’s COVID-19 Vaccination Law: the Latest on the ‘Key to NYC’

On September 13, 2021, New York City began enforcing Executive Order No. 225 (“Key to NYC”), which requires individuals show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering certain indoor establishments. In this podcast, Kelly Cardin and Jessica Schild discuss the key requirements of the executive order, including exemptions and penalties. The speakers also address significant compliance considerations implicated by the New York City Human Rights Law.

In The Breakroom With Bill, Episode 3: What to Expect From OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Mandatory Vaccinations

In this episode of In the Breakroom, a podcast series on hot topics related to employment law, Bill Grob and Phillip Russell discuss President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021, announcement of a strategy for combating the COVID-19 pandemic that calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and implement a new emergency temporary standard (ETS). The speakers discuss the features that employers might expect from the anticipated ETS, including a requirement that employers with 100 or more employees mandate full vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing of their employees, as well as who will pay for weekly testing. The speakers also address the “grave danger” standard required for OSHA to issue an ETS.

Investigations in a New Era

Over the past few years, social and cultural movements have changed the nature and types of complaints that employers receive from employees. In this podcast, Monique Gougisha Doucette and Andre’ Caldwell discuss with Jim McGrew the evolution of complaints and the various tools that employers can implement to respond effectively to new allegations of discrimination, including with respect to internal investigations and organizational assessments.

Global Solutions, Episode 26: Global Mandatory Vaccination Policies

In this episode of our Global Solutions series, Ethan Isaac and Andre Appel provide an overview of the laws regarding the implementation of mandatory vaccination policies in workplaces globally. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes additional country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.

In The Breakroom With Bill, Episode 2: Restrictive Covenant

Welcome to In the Breakroom, a podcast series on hot topics related to employment law. On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued the “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” which, among other things, seeks to limit noncompete agreements. In this episode, Bill Grob and Caren Marlowe address changes to the use of restrictive covenants following the presidential action, including noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements. The speakers also discuss the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and analogous state laws, including California’s and Florida’s respective uniform trade secrets acts.

This Is Labor in California, Episode 8: Labor Considerations for Mandatory Vaccination Policies

In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas and Daniel Adlong discuss the labor implications when employers implement mandatory vaccination policies for both union and non-union employees.

Third Thursdays With Ruthie: The NLRB General Counsel Prepares to Upend Labor Law

On August 12, 2021, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued Memorandum G.C. 21-04, which outlines a road map to tilt the balance in favor of organized labor and greatly expands NLRB scrutiny of a wide array of employer obligations, including the duty to recognize and bargain with unions and remedial issues. In this edition of our Third Thursdays podcast series, Ruthie Goodboe is joined by Fito Agraz and Brian Hayes to discuss the memorandum’s implications for employers.