OFCCP Facing FOIA Request for EEO-1 Reports: What The Disclosure of Type 2 Consolidated Reports Could Mean for Contractors

In this podcast, Scott Kelly and Lauren Hicks of Ogletree Deakins’ Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Practice Group discuss the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) received seeking the disclosure of data from EEO-1 reports. The broad request asks for the agency to disclose Type 2 Consolidated information filed by federal contractors between 2016 through 2020. Scott and Lauren cover the scope of the request, published guidance from OFCCP, and considerations when evaluating whether to submit objections to the release of the information by the September 19, 2022, deadline.

A Discrimination Trial Tale: Jury Instructions, Closing Arguments, and More Lessons From the Trenches

In this podcast, Justin Grose, an attorney in Ogletree Deakins’ Oklahoma City office, sits down with Dallas shareholders Adam Dougherty and Sean Urich to share key takeaways from his recent jury trial victory. Justin secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client in a race and reverse gender discrimination case that involved allegations of sexual harassment and the full array of procedural considerations unique to employment litigation. The discussion takes listeners through the nuances of pre-trial litigation practice preparation, including preparing key witnesses, and offers insight into how to use that preparation to build an effective courtroom strategy and then implement that strategy at trial.

German Podcast Series—Germany’s New Employment Contract Requirements (English)

In this podcast, Andre Appel and Jacqueline Piran, attorneys in the Ogletree Deakins Berlin office, discuss significant amendments to German employment laws, which recently took effect on August 1, 2022. As a result of these changes, German law requires employers to provide employees with written documentation of the key terms and conditions of their employers that the employer prints and signs with wet ink signatures. Accordingly, German employers cannot fulfill these obligations with digital employment contracts. Jacqueline and Andre examine the new rules and the various measures employers may want to take to comply. (A German-language version of this podcast is available on the Ogletree Deakins podcast channel.)

Monkeypox in the Workplace: An Update on the Fast-Moving Developments for the Latest Health Crisis

In this podcast, Shareholder Kathy Dudley Helms—who represents a wide spectrum of employers, with a particular emphasis in the healthcare industry—and Of Counsel Val Butera—who focuses her practice on workplace safety and health matters—sit down with Jim McGrew, the firm’s Chief Client Services Officer to discuss the latest news, resources, and insights regarding monkeypox. The discussion includes tips for employers regarding their obligations—under the ADA, the FMLA, and OSHA’s workplace safety requirements—given the nature of monkeypox and its characteristics. The speakers also discuss issues that are on the forefront of employers’ minds as they consider policies regarding privacy, hygiene, travel, vaccine distribution, and protective gear.

Immigration and Summer Travel, Part II: Travel During the Green Card Process and H-1B Cap Processes, Requesting Emergency Advance Parole, and More

In part two of this podcast series, Claudia Martorell and Christina Kelley continue their informative discussion of issues that affect noncitizens who want to travel abroad. The speakers discuss single versus dual intent status, circumstances that may qualify for emergency advance parole, and the impact of H-1B and L-1 status, PERM and I-140 petitions, and F-1 student status on ability to travel.

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.