Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Social Media Platforms and Labor Law



In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe examines the use of social media in the workplace through the lens of labor law. Delving into the positives—and the pitfalls—she discusses the advantages of using social media, like increased transparency, as well as the potential legal snares.  She explains several relevant advice memoranda from the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel, and she outlines guidance for constructing and implementing a social media policy that does not violate Section 7 rights.


Leaves of Absence in California: Know the Differences



As any employer with employees in California knows, there are some major differences between leaves of absence under federal law and under California law. In this podcast, Karen Tynan and Jill Schubert discuss the types of leaves afforded under California law and the similarities and differences with federal law, as well as best practices for recordkeeping and documentation.


Key Considerations for Employers As the Coronavirus Spreads



Information surrounding the new strain of the coronavirus is rapidly evolving, and employers may begin getting questions from employees. In this podcast, Michael Eckard and Kathy Dudley Helms discuss practical considerations for employers to keep their workforces safe, from educating employees traveling to China and other impacted regions as to the symptoms of the virus, to being prepared to discuss accommodation needs.


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.