TECHPLACETM Talk: AI and Emerging Technologies



In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs, Jenn Betts, Stephen Riga, and Justin Tarka discuss artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics, robotics, and other emerging technologies, and the compliance issues that arise from their use, including privacy concerns.


Third Thursdays with Ruthie: The SAFE Workers Act



On January 13, 2021, the Secure and Fair Elections for Workers Act (SAFE Workers Act) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the March edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe discusses the proposed legislation and the current state of mail- and manual-ballot representation elections.


Employment Law Legends, Episode 6: The ADA Strikes Back in Sutton v. United Air Lines, Inc.



Is a person who wears glasses considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The answer to this question would perplex the courts for years and lead to a legendary showdown between Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. When the dust settled, disability law would be changed forever.


The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Employers’ ADA, FMLA, PDA, and State Law Obligations



On February 15, 2021, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Charles Thompson and Lisa Burton discuss the protections in the proposed legislation. The speakers also address employers’ current obligations with regard to pregnant workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and state-specific statutes.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 3: COVID-19 Outbreaks



In the final episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the term “outbreak” as it is defined in the standards, employers’ reporting obligations, and testing requirements. They also provide some predictions and insights on what ETS amendments may be forthcoming.


California Meal Break Requirements: Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC



On February 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of California addressed meal break periods in its opinion in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC. In this podcast, Charles Thompson and Doug Farmer discuss the three holdings of the opinion and address the ruling’s practical implications for employers.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 2: Hierarchy of Controls



In the second episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards , Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss the hierarchy of controls, which may include workplace modifications such as solid partitions, air quality improvements, and the use of personal protective equipment. The speakers also address reporting positive cases, excluding employees from the workplace, and returning employees following exclusion.


Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Part 1: Definitions and Requirements



In the first episode of our three-part podcast series on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS), Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland provide background on the ETS. In addition, the speakers discuss the key elements and implementation of the standards, including the written COVID-19 Prevention Program, recordkeeping, COVID-19 exposure protocols, and notices.


Global Solutions, Episode 24: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing



In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Andre Appel and Jaslyn Johnson provide an overview of the use of COVID-19 surveillance testing globally. The speakers also address the types of COVID-19 testing and data protection concerns arising under the General Data Protection Regulation. Ogletree Deakins’ Global Solutions podcast series includes country-specific flash briefings, full episodes on relevant topics for multinational employers, recap episodes, and companion materials.