Category Archives: Legal

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.


Employment Law Legends, Episode 3 – Testing Title VII: Griggs v. Duke Power Company



In the third episode of Employment Law Legends, Paul Rinnan discusses Griggs v. Duke Power Company, the origins of the disparate impact theory, and the legal battle to define discrimination in the civil rights era.


Contractors’ Duties to Investigate Before Construction Begins



This podcast addresses contractors’ duties to investigate a worksite before construction begins. Randy Ruff and Jonathan Mraunac discuss the importance of reviewing design documents and studying field conditions prior to bidding on a job, what can happen when contractors fail to conduct adequate walk-throughs, the type of information owners must disclose to bidding contractors, and who bears the risk if an issue is discovered later in the process.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Online Gaming and Associated Legal Issues



The dramatic rise in popularity of the online gaming industry brings with it a host of potential legal issues. In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe and Victoria Vish provide background information on online gaming and examine legal issues such as the possibility of unionization in the industry and whether some features can be considered gambling under state laws.


Eye on Investigations: Strategies for Investigating Employee Complaints



In this podcast, Kelly Cardin provides listeners with an overview of workplace investigations from beginning to end, including the types of complaints that can trigger an investigation, best practices for conducting interviews, and how to report your findings to management. She also discusses the potential for retaliation claims and how to minimize this risk.


Workplace Safety in California, Episode 4: Cal/OSHA Hearings



In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss Cal/OSHA hearings. Topics include discovery, admissibility of evidence and hearsay, and general strategy for Cal/OSHA hearings.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Lessons Learned From Recent Cases



In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe examines two recent circuit court labor cases—one involving protections for striking employees and the other involving protected speech versus unprotected threats during union campaigns—and the practical lessons and tips that employers can take away from these two important holdings.