WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Presented by Aaron R. Gelb and Daniel C. Deacon

Recent state regulatory developments regarding medical and recreational marijuana have created a host of compliance concerns for employers. While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation giving medical marijuana usage the green light. Ten 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 state and federal laws.  Given the growing social acceptance of marijuana use, employers are struggling to develop and effectively implement workplace policies that address employee drug use without lessening the pool of talented employees.  What may be permissible under law may not necessarily be good for the business. 

This webinar explored the changing legal landscape concerning marijuana, review tips for developing effective drug testing policies, and tips for handling employees who test positive marijuana in states where it has been legalized to some extent.   More specifically, participants learned:

  • 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

  • How to address off-duty use of marijuana

  • When and how to drug test an employee

  • How to develop and manage workplace drug testing policies

Presented by Kate M. McMahon, Amanda R. Strainis-Walker, and Beeta Lashkari

In addition to OSHA’s myriad Safety regulations, the agency has also promulgated approx. 30 comprehensive Health standards, and established air exposure limitations for an additional 500 common chemicals present in U.S. workplaces, such as asbestos, lead, and silica.  Knowing when and how to conduct monitoring is complex, and the chemical sampling data collected can be a double-edged sword.  This webinar will help keep you clear about the requirements of OSHA’s occupational health standards, provide useful guidance and tips on the types and frequency of air monitoring or other chemical sampling that may be required or warranted at your facilities, and the programs to implement if you do experience exposure levels above the minimum regulatory thresholds (or other industry consensus thresholds).

​During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • The basics about OSHA’s Chemical Health Standards

  • How long chemical sampling data must be retained

  • When and how to share monitoring data with employees and regulators

  • Prudent actions and policies to ensure your employees are protected from chemical exposures in the workplace without creating OSHA enforcement pitfalls    

Presented by Nicholas W. Scala

MSHA regulations require that mine operators and independent contractors maintain certain records on-site and internally. There is no question that when an inspector requests these records, for the period they are required to be maintained, employers must comply. But what happens when MSHA inspectors, or special investigators, request documents outside these required records? What are the ramifications for turning non-required records over to MSHA, or not doing so?

This webinar will evaluate the document retention and production obligations of operators, and how to deal with document requests and production throughout different types of investigations or litigation.

   

​During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Recordkeeping requirements at MSHA sites;

  • How to respond to MSHA document requests during inspection, investigations or litigation; and

  • Resolutions for document production demands outside the scope of required records.

Presented by Micah Smith, Aaron Gelb and Dan Deacon

Electrical safety has long been an enforcement priority for OSHA. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees against hazards of electric shock, electrocution, flash fires, and explosions.  Too often, workers and/or their employers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, or more often, they are unfamiliar with the nuances of OSHA's regulatory requirements in this area.

This webinar highlighted the top 5 reasons why it is critical to get compliance with OSHA's electrical safety standards right, review the 10 most misunderstood and misapplied provisions of the applicable OSHA standards, and discuss strategies to limit exposure to the most common electrical safety violations.

   

​During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • The top 5 reasons to prioritize compliance with OSHA's electrical safety standards

  • Employer's 10 most common electrical safety mistakes

  • Steps employers can take to minimize exposure to electrical safety hazards and related OSHA violations

Presented by Kara M. Maciel and Mark M. Trapp

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.

   

​During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Keys to effectively prepare for bargaining

  • How to prioritize and formulate strategies on difficult economic and operational issues

  • How to utilize appropriate tactics and techniques to reach a solid agreement incorporating the company’s desired changes

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