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WEBINARS

What to Expect from the Biden Admin. on the OSHA/MSHA and Labor and Employment Fronts

Presented by Amanda WalkerNicholas Scala, and Lindsay DiSalvo on June 16th at 1 pm ET

During the first 100 days of his Administration, President Biden has focused on addressing the ramifications of COVID-19 and pursuing policies intended to fast track an economic recovery.  While employers are scrambling to adapt to the recently released CDC guidance on vaccinations, face coverings and physical distancing, both OSHA and the EEOC are similarly taking stock of how these changes impact their respective enforcement priorities. Meanwhile, as the Biden Admin. prepares to turn the page from COVID-19, the regulated community is likely to see an increase in enforcement, as well as efforts to pass regulations that were in the works during the Obama Admin., like OSHA’s proposed rule on workplace violence, as well as new legislation focused on matters such as pregnancy accommodations in the workplace.

Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • Potential changes in approach to combatting COVID-19

  • The latest updates on key leadership positions at the relevant federal agencies (OSHA, MSHA, EEOC, etc.)

  • Potential regulatory priorities and changes in the regulatory landscape

  • Impact on agency enforcement efforts and initiatives

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The State of the Law Regarding Marijuana, Drug Testing and Background Checks

Presented by Dan DeaconAaron Gelb, and Ashley D. Mitchell on July 13th at 1 pm ET

The green wave continued to roll through America during 2020, as several new jurisdictions legalized marijuana in some form. However, new regulatory developments regarding medical and recreational marijuana have created a host of compliance concerns for employers. 35 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation giving medical marijuana usage the green light. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Several states have also enacted laws making the possession of small amounts of the drug a civil, not criminal, offense. Although marijuana is currently still illegal under federal law, for the first time in fifty years, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to remove marijuana from the Schedule I controlled substances list in the Controlled Substances Act. In sum, it seems to be only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized in some form throughout the entire country.
 

This webinar will explore the changing legal landscape concerning marijuana, analyze potential issues related to zero-tolerance policies and review tips for developing effective drug testing and background check policies.

Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • The changing legal landscape regarding medical and recreational marijuana in states around the country and the District of Columbia

  • How state marijuana laws affect your federal compliance obligations under the DOT and other agencies

  • Which state laws provide explicitly for employee non-discrimination protections

  • Whether medical marijuana usage may qualify as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or state disability discrimination laws

  • How to address off-duty use of marijuana in states where it is legal

  • An overview of both Federal and state background check laws and various state and local nuances

  • Tips to conduct a legally compliant background check

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Mid-Year Review of OSHA Developments

Presented by the Partners in Conn Maciel Carey's national OSHA Practice on July 22nd at 1 pm ET

Having shared a series of predictions during our January webinar regarding how OSHA would tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its priorities under new leadership during the first year of the Biden Administration. We will now take stock of what has happened at DOL and OSHA during the first months of the Biden Administration, discuss surprise developments, and look ahead at the remainder of 2021 and beyond. We will take a close look at senior leadership now in place or on the way, and analyze what those appointments likely mean for employers. We will also review OSHA’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including the anticipated emergency temporary standard and related enforcement. At the same time, we will examine President Biden’s efforts to make good on his promises to increase OSHA’s budget, grow the number of inspectors and generally ramp up enforcement. We will also review key changes regarding compliance assistance, Voluntary Protection Programs, and expected rulemaking efforts.

Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda, including rulemaking and policy setting priorities around COVID-19 and other hazards

  • Status of Presidential Appointees and other key organizational changes at OSHA

  • New or renewed enforcement initiatives and emphasis programs

  • Predictions for what employers can expect from OSHA going forward

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