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Immigration and Summer Travel, Part I: COVID-19 Travel Issues, Obtaining Visa Stamps, Automatic Visa Revalidation, I-94 documents, and Visa Validity Periods



In part one of this two-part podcast series, Claudia Martorell and Christina Kelley discuss a host of issues that affect noncitizens who want to travel outside of the United States. The speakers address COVID-19–related concerns, including how COVID-19 restrictions impact obtaining visa stamps abroad, automatic visa revalidation, I-94 documents, and visa validity periods. Stay tuned for part two of this travel series, which will cover travel while an H-1B petition is pending, travel while in the green card process, emergency advance parole, and more.


German Podcast Series – Neue Spielregeln für Arbeitsverträge



In diesem Podcast stellen Ihnen Jacqueline Piran und Andre Appel aus dem Berliner Büro von Ogletree Deakins wichtige arbeitsrechtliche Neuregelungen zum 1. August 2022 vor. U.a. wurde das Nachweisgesetz gravierend verschärft und der Katalog der vom Arbeitgeber zu dokumentierenden Arbeitsbedingungen erheblich erweitert. Sämtliche Informationen müssen zwingend in Schriftform an die Beschäftigten ausgehändigt werden; digitale Arbeitsverträge allein sind hierfür nicht ausreichend. In dem Podcast wird auch besprochen, wie Arbeitgeber die neuen Vorgaben in der Praxis umsetzen können.


Visa Bulletin Updates and the Effect on H1-B Extensions: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back



In this podcast, Amanda Mullane and Jennifer Cofer discuss the forward movement in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin and the challenges for foreign nationals seeking to extend their H1-B status. The speakers review the scenarios where this issue tends to arise and examine its impact on the green card process for new hires and existing foreign national employees.


Post-Pandemic Religious Accommodation Requests and Objections: The New Workplace Swords and Shields



In this podcast, James Paul and Michael Eckard discuss recent developments with regard to religious accommodations in the workplace, and how employees use these accommodations as both swords and shields in the workplace. Our speakers discuss recent litigation regarding religious accommodation requests—both those related to COVID-19 and those that are unrelated to the pandemic. James and Michael also delve deep into the recent disparate treatment Third Circuit Court of Appeals case (brought by an employee who asked to not be scheduled on Sundays), which provided insights on what constitutes an undue hardship.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: OFCCP’s New Compliance and Enforcement Initiatives



In this podcast, Scott Kelly, co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Practice Group, sits down with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content at Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, to discuss recent directives and regulatory initiatives from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Scott examines the practical and legal implications of the changes in OFCCP’s position on covered contractors’ affirmative action plan obligations and the agency’s approach toward compliance reviews, sharing strategic considerations for contractors addressing these heightened demands. He also addresses the increased interagency coordination between OFCCP and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, providing insight into the potential compliance challenges that might come next for contractors.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 9—OSHA’s Focus on Heat Illness



In this podcast, recorded live from Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ annual labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Phillip Russell and Karen Tynan discuss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s plans to develop a new heat illness standard. Phillip, who is the host of our Dirty Steel-Toe Boots podcast series, and Karen share their insights on what OSHA might include in the forthcoming heat exposure standard and examine the provisions of OSHA’s new national emphasis program (NEP) targeting industries where heat-related hazards may exist, highlighting strategies for reducing occupational heat-related injury and illness.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Conducting a Personnel Audit in California—A Step-by-Step Guide



In this podcast, recorded live at Workplace Strategies 2022, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Los Angeles shareholder Betsy Johnson talks with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content, about the ins and outs of conducting personnel audits in California. Betsy shares strategies for conducting these understandably daunting audits and covers considerations unique to the most common form of audits—wage and hour—as well as highlighting common problems and pitfalls to avoid during the process.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Exploring Mental Health in the Workplace



Recorded live at Workplace Strategies, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, this podcast features a discussion with William Grob and Hera Arsen, Ph.D., about employee mental health as a key topic of workplace communications. Starting with a look into the social dynamics and complex considerations that have changed company cultures and employee perceptions, as well as expectations, about mental health in recent years, Bill examines the lingering toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on employee well-being and offers pragmatic tips on how to recognize and respond to employees who are experiencing mental health difficulties.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: Navigating Employee Privacy Rights in California



In this podcast, recorded live from Workplace Strategies 2022, Ogletree Deakins’ national labor and employment law seminar for human resources professionals and in-house counsel, Los Angeles shareholder Betsy Johnson speaks with Hera Arsen, the firm’s director of content, about employee privacy rights under California law and the unique compliance challenges employers face as access to employee personal information increases with technological advancements. The speakers explore the tension between employers’ rights and obligations to safeguard their workplaces and the various invasion-of-privacy risks inherent in following employees on social media, handling medical records and personnel files, conducting background checks of job applicants, monitoring employee internet usage, and implementing drug-testing procedures. Betsy also discusses compliance steps that employers may want to consider taking to set employee expectations of workplace privacy.


Workplace Strategies Watercooler: New OFCCP Regulatory and Compliance Initiatives for Federal Contractors in 2022



In this podcast, recorded live from Ogletree Deakins’ 2022 Workplace Strategies seminar, Leigh Nason and Lauren Hicks discuss certain initiatives launched by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that impose new burdens on federal government contractors and subcontractors to meet their Affirmative Action Program (AAP) obligations. Specifically, Leigh and Lauren examine the nuances of the new Contractor Portal certification process and OFCCP’s directive on pay equity audits, and share key takeaways as to compliance requirements.