COVID-19 Litigation Series: Leave of Absence Trends and Pitfalls During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of our COVID-19 Litigation series, Ashley Cuttino, Charles Thompson, and Tina Bengs address the latest litigation trends surrounding leave of absence requests and accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss the possibility of remote work as an alternative to leave, documentation best practices given that agency guidance is in flux, and litigation involving individuals in vulnerable populations.

Global Solutions, Episode 10: China’s New Civil Law on Sexual Harassment and Privacy Rights

In this podcast, Amanda Quan and Skye Hao discuss China’s new law addressing sexual harassment and individual privacy rights, marking the first time that employers in China have been required to make affirmative efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace. Our speakers also address the new civil code chapter addressing the right to privacy and protection of personal information.

In this episode of our TECHPLACETM Talk series, Danielle Ochs and Jenn Betts discuss why employers should take note of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) guidance on consumer-facing artificial intelligence (AI) tools, including its view that the use of AI should be transparent, explainable, fair, and empirically sound, while fostering accountability.

What’s Happening in the California Legislature? An Overview of Pending Employment-Related Bills

In this podcast, Mike Nader discusses pending legislation that could significantly impact employers if passed before the California Legislature’s current session ends on August 31, 2020. Many of the proposed bills relate to the coronavirus pandemic, including a bill that would provide employees with up to 10 business days of bereavement leave and a bill that would make leave and job protection benefits available to employees recovering from COVID-19. Our speaker also addresses Senate Bill 1383, which would expand leave requirements under the California Family Rights Act to apply to small employers with five or more employees—essentially, to most California employers.

Global Solutions, Episode 9: School’s Out For … Ever

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Chris Anderson and Enrique Del Cueto-Peréz discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school re-openings and the various approaches that local and federal governments are taking to assist employers and employees return to work as schools systems move forward.

Third Thursdays with Ruthie: Managing Politics in the Workplace During the 2020 Election Season

In the August edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe and Bud Bobber discuss politics in the workplace and the potential impact on employee productivity and morale during election season. The speakers address the federal, state, and local laws that may apply to political speech and ways that employers can promote civility and productivity through the 2020 election.

Workplace Safety in California: Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Inspections

In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss the process of Cal/OSHA workplace inspections in response to COVID-19 complaints, including on-site inspections, employee interviews, and providing documentation to inspectors.

Global Solutions Series: COVID-19 Testing and Screenings

In this episode of the Global Solutions series, Greg Hawran and Mauricio Romero discuss the legal landscape of COVID-19 testing and screenings for global employers as they continue to return their employees to work during the pandemic.

Back to School: Key Strategies for Employers as Parents Prepare for Virtual Learning

In this podcast, Kelly Cardin and Sarah Platt discuss the various strategies available to employers as their employees deal with return to school issues. The speakers address the applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the state and local laws that may provide paid leaves of absence, and other options that employers may want to consider implementing.

New York Federal Court Rules on U.S. Department of Labor’s FFCRA Regulations

In this podcast, Ashley Cuttino and Burt Garland discuss the August 3, 2020, decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that struck down portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).