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Conn Maciel Carey LLP is a boutique law firm focused on Labor & Employment, Workplace Safety, and Litigation. The clients we serve — from multi-national organizations to individuals — seek us out for strategic guidance ranging from day-to-day employment counseling to managing government regulatory investigations to leading complex litigation. What sets us apart is our special emphasis on workplace challenges, our creativity in crafting positive solutions, and our passion for serving our clients' interests.

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Tuesday February 7, 2023 at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST

OSHA's LEP for Midwest Food Manufacturers

Presented by Aaron Gelb and Ashley Mitchell

OSHA is now conducting inspections in Illinois (and Ohio) as part of a new Local Emphasis Program (LEP) for the Food Manufacturing Industry announced in late 2022. This LEP empowers Illinois OSHA offices to inspect food manufacturing and processing sites with a focus on machine guarding hazards, the employer’s hazardous energy control (LOTO) program, and the sanitation program (hazard communication and Group LOTO). OSHA has the ability under this LEP to conduct inspections for all referral and complaints, formal or non-formal, which contain allegations of potential worker exposure to serious hazards associated with operating food production machinery or performing service, maintenance, and sanitation tasks on food processing and ancillary equipment.

Establishments can be selected for an inspection even if they have an exemplary safety record, have not been the subject of any complaints, and have not recently reported a serious incident. Join us for this discussion about what to expect and how to prepare your company for an OSHA inspection.

Attendees will hear directly from FDR Safety’s Steve Hawkins, former Head of Tennessee OSHA, and Aaron Gelb, Head of Conn Maciel’s Midwest OSHA Practice. Together they will answer the following questions:

  • What is an emphasis program and how do programmed inspections differ from accident and complaint-based inspections?

  • Which NAICS codes will be targeted?

  • What are the consequences of failing to prepare for an LEP inspection?

  • What should employers expect to happen during an LEP inspection?

  • Which aspects of your operations will draw the most scrutiny?

  • What are the hazards our presenters see most often in food manufacturing?

  • How should employers prepare for LEP inspections?

Attendees will be given a checklist they can use to self-assess key compliance aspects of their safety and health programs to better prepare for an OSHA inspection.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1 PM EST/10 AM PST

Navigating the New Normal: Remote Work Challenges

Presented by Lindsay A. DiSalvo and Darius Rohani-Shukla

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a significant surge in remote work nationwide, allowing more and more employees to work from their homes or some other location locally or in a completely different state from the employer’s brick and mortar location. This has created significant employment hurdles for employers because remote employees are generally subject to the laws of the city and state where they are physically located and perform work. Depending on state law and conflict of law principles, there may be exceptions for employees who are temporarily located in a state or not considered “based” within a state. But certainly for those who intend to continue to work from a different state on a more long-term basis, its likely that a particular state’s laws could apply, requiring the employer to comply with state laws about which it would otherwise have no awareness and potentially legal requirements not incorporated in its policies and procedures to date. 

And the challenges created by remote work are ones that are unlikely to disappear any time soon. Statistical projections show that by the end of 2022 remote work will make up about 25% of all jobs in North America. Notably, in 2021, about 67% of white-collar workers worked either partially or exclusively from home and almost 98% of remote workers surveyed said they would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers. This desire to work remotely combined with the challenges in hiring and retaining workers that many employers are experiencing, makes it likely that employers will have to continue to grapple with if and how to incorporate remote work into their current structure, including how to effectively monitor employee performance and the employment laws that may be triggered related to this unique work environment. 

Participants in this webinar will learn: 

  • The pros and cons of a fully remote or hybrid work environment

  • Challenges with monitoring and reviewing employee performance

  • Legal implications for employees who work remotely in other states

  • Unique legal issues related to remote workers 

Click here to register for this webinar.

This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HRCI®.

Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST

Annual Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update

Presented by Andrew Sommer, Fred Walter, Megan Shaked, and Samuel Rose

Cal/OSHA and the California legislature have continued to focus their efforts on extending workplace mandates associated with COVID-19, heat illness and wildfire smoke. This update will cover the transition from Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to the Non-Emergency COVID-19 Rule as well as other workplace safety mandates that have been recently adopted or are under consideration. 

During this webinar, participants will learn about: 

  • Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Non-Emergency Standard and the status of rulemaking over a general infectious disease standard

  • Updates to the COVID-19 exposure notice and outbreak reporting requirements - Assembly Bill (AB) 2693

  • Extended sunset date for law creating a disputable presumption, under specified circumstances, that a COVID-19 related illness is compensable for workers’ compensation purposes – AB 1751

  • Mandate for Cal/OSHA to develop rulemaking proposal for revising the heat illness and wildfire smoke standards– AB 2243

  • Law establishing “Fast Food Council” to promulgate minimum employment standards for fast food restaurants, including standards on wages and working conditions – AB 257

  • Workplace posting requirements to include specific languages other than English – AB 2068 

  • Other regulatory developments from the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, such as the status of the proposed indoor heat illness rule and the workplace violence prevention rule for general industry

  • Insight into DOSH enforcement trends and strategies for managing the regulatory landscape 

Click here to register for this webinar.

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