Category Archives: Legal

Employee Well-Being and the Post-Pandemic Return to the Office



In this podcast, Chris Olmsted is joined by special guest Dr. Suzanne Hoffman to discuss the impact of remote work and the COVID-19 pandemic on employees as they return to the office. The speakers identify potential signs of a decline in engagement and morale among employees and offer tips to ease the transition back to the on-site workplace. The speakers also address the role that employee assistance programs can play in the transition process.


Conversations About Race: Ethnicity Pay Reporting in the UK



In this episode of a podcast miniseries in partnership with NOTICED, Justin Tarka and Rebecca Emery discuss the recent push for ethnicity pay reporting in the United Kingdom. The speakers compare ethnicity pay reporting with gender pay gap reporting. The speakers also address the challenges of implementing ethnicity pay reporting and discuss the current status of government action on mandating ethnicity pay reporting.


Nontraditional Workers and the ADA, Part II: Volunteers and Student Interns



In this follow-up to their podcast on nontraditional employees, Jana Baker and Jim Paul discuss the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to volunteers and student interns, including medical residents. The speakers also address the interplay between the educational institutions and placement sites.


Third Thursdays With Ruthie: Employer Free Speech Under the NLRA



In the June edition of our Third Thursdays podcast series, Ruthie Goodboe discusses Section 8(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in the context of a case recently decided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The speaker explains the distinctions between permitted and prohibited employer communications.


Current Trends in Vaccine Incentives



In this podcast, Nonnie Shivers and Jessica Kuester discuss six common types of vaccination incentive programs. The speakers address the employment law concerns raised by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance of May 28, 2021, as well as issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The speakers also explain the impact of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 on each type of vaccine incentive program.


Navigating Economic Incentives, Legislative Initiatives, and Workplace Issues in the Age of Social Protest



Over the last year, many employers have responded internally and externally to issues raised by an increasing number of social justice movements. In this podcast, Randle Pollard and Simone Francis address the concerns and considerations that may arise when employers engage in social justice conversations, including the possible implications for tax incentives and employee engagement.


TECHPLACE Talk: New United States and European Union Guidance Relating to Update on Regulation of Artificial Intelligence



In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs and Jenn Betts are joined by Colleen DeRosa, Stephen Riga, and Justin Tarka to address new guidance relating to employer use of artificial intelligence. In particular, the speakers discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent guidance in the United States and the European Commission’s proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Act.


Third Thursdays With Ruthie: Collective Bargaining for COVID-19 Vaccinations



In the May edition of our Third Thursdays podcast series, Ruthie Goodboe and Ethan Picone discuss an employer’s duty to bargain with a union when seeking to implement a vaccination policy and corresponding requests for information. The speakers also address other considerations for employers relating to mandatory vaccination policies, including responding to employee refusals to be vaccinated.


Nontraditional Workers and the ADA, Part I: Temporary Staffing of Nurses



The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented increase in the use of alternative staffing for employees in healthcare settings. In this podcast, Jana Baker and Jim Paul address accommodation issues raised by the temporary staffing of nurses in healthcare settings. The speakers also explain the duties imposed by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on staffing agencies and healthcare facilities. In addition, the speakers cover best practices for engaging in the interactive process.


This Is Labor in California, Episode 6: Where Safety Meets Labor



In this episode of our California labor law podcast series, Maria Anastas and Daniel Adlong are joined by Karen Tynan to discuss the impact of the proposed revisions to Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards on traditional labor. The speakers address distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, potential bargaining obligations, and privacy concerns arising from employee data.