[Webinar] Trust the Process: A Deep Dive into Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern  Aaron R. Gelb and Daniel C. Deacon of Conn Maciel Carey will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Trust the Process:  A Deep Dive into Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, unless to do so would cause undue hardship.  Generally, reasonable accommodations can include modifications or adjustments to a job shutterstock_212097706 (1).jpgapplication process, modifications or adjustments to the work environment or to the manner or circumstances under which the position is customarily performed, or modifications or adjustments that enable a disabled employee to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated employees without disabilities.  When an employee requests a reasonable accommodation, his or her employer must engage in a back-and-forth exchange of ideas and information in an effort to determine whether and how the employee can be accommodated.  While this interactive process sounds simple, employers often fall short of what the law requires, resulting in costly and unnecessary investigations and/or litigation.

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[Webinar] Marijuana and Drug Testing Update

On Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Aaron R. Gelb and Daniel C. Deacon of Conn Maciel Carey will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Marijuana and Drug Testing Update.”

Recent state regulatory developments regarding medical and recreational marijuana have created a host of compliance concerns for employers. shutterstock_375677665.jpgWhile marijuana is still illegal under federal law, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation giving medical marijuana usage the green light. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. And, several states have enacted laws making the possession of small amounts of the drug a civil, not criminal, offense.

The web of varying state laws regarding when and how an employer can drug test an employee and what drugs an employer may test for further compounds these challenges, requiring that employers maintain a delicate balance between business objectives, employee rights, and compliance with state and federal laws.  Continue reading

[Webinar] Strategies for Success in Collective Bargaining

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Kara M. Maciel and Mark M. Trapp of Conn Maciel Carey will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Strategies for Success in Collective Bargaining.”

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This webinar will focus on strategies for success in your company’s next contract negotiations. Specifically, we will discuss how to effectively prepare for collective bargaining, as well as successful execution of the company’s strategy at the table, with particular emphasis on “big ticket” items such as withdrawal liability and ongoing participation in a multiemployer fund, maximizing savings on wages and benefits and regaining flexibility in the workforce.

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In-Person OSHA, MSHA, and Labor Briefing (and Launch Party) in Columbus, OH – October 1, 2019

Join Conn Maciel Carey for an In-Person OSHA, MSHA, and Labor Briefing in Columbus, OH on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and stay for a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of our new Columbus, Ohio Office.

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This complimentary program will feature panel discussions with representatives from the National Labor Relations Board, OSHA, and MSHA addressing key policy trends and regulatory developments.  The government representatives will be joined by senior corporate counsel from several multi-national corporations and Conn Maciel Carey’s Labor & Employment and Workplace Safety Law specialist attorneys.  The plenary sessions will cover topics including:

  • OSHA policy and enforcement developments
  • NLRB rulemaking and Board case law updates
  • MSHA regulatory and enforcement priorities
  • Other trending topics (joint-employer, pension withdrawal liability, whistleblower / anti-retaliation claims)

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[Webinar] Joint-/Multi-Employer, Temp, and Independent Contractor OSHA and Employment Law Issues

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Jordan SchwartzEric J. Conn and Lindsay Disalvo of Conn Maciel Carey will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Joint- and Multi-Employer, Independent Contractor, and Temp Labor OSHA and Employment Law Issues.”

Employment relationships can take many forms, and employers’ perceptions of their legal responsibilities for certain workers is not always reality. An employer may classify workers as temporary or independent contractors, but that does not mean DOL will agree. This is particularly challenging due to continuous changes in the law relating to these types of employment relationships.

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One particular area in flux over the past several years has been the joint-employer standard, significantly expanding in the Obama-era NLRB decision in Browning-Ferris, but in the wake of change through an ongoing NLRB rulemaking. Similarly, the boundary between employees and independent contractors has also been a moving target. Although the prior administration took the view that a majority of workers are employees in its guidance to employers, the Trump Admin. has signaled a change in direction.

Even where there is not a legal employer-employee relationship, companies may have certain safety and health obligations and potential liabilities depending on their role at multi-employer worksites or the use of temporary workers. Protecting temporary workers and enforcing the responsibilities of host employers and staffing agencies was a priority of OSHA in the Obama Admin. through a Temporary Worker Initiative that continues today.  OSHA has also continued to defend its multi-employer worksite enforcement policy through legal challenges.

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[Webinar] Best Practices for Protecting your Company’s Primary Assets: Its Workforce, Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 1 pm EST, join Jordan B. Schwartz and Daniel C. Deacon of Conn Maciel Carey’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group for a complimentary webinar: Best Practices for Protecting your Company’s Primary Assets: Its Workforce, Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships.

The protection of trade secrets and confidential and proprietary information are essential for companies.  As a result, employers must be vigilant against the continued threat of such information being compromised.  Proprietary and confidential shutterstock_confidential.jpginformation is at particular risk during times of significant employee movement.  Proactive companies should address this risk and appropriately protect and preserve data, as well as develop proactive policies for employee separations, such as requiring confidentiality agreements and non-compete and/or non-solicitation agreements. Continue reading

[Webinar] Summer Loving – Managing Relationships in the Workplace, Nepotism and Other Interpersonal Issues

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 1 pm EST, join Andrew J. Sommer and Megan S. Shaked of Conn Maciel Carey’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group for a complimentary webinar: Summer Loving – Managing Relationships in the Workplace, Nepotism and Other Interpersonal Issues.

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Is love in the air?  Even in the age of dating apps, romantic relationships still often blossom at work.  How does an employer navigate these waters while protecting company productivity and morale and managing potential risk associated with such relationships?

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