David Fortney on OSHA: Inspections & Investigations Panel on August 26, 2020

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, experts will provide and discuss scenarios related to handling OSHA inspections and investigations amid business reopening (rebound effect) with a focus on issues specifically related to OSHA enforcement actions and methods during the pandemic.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Overview of the OSHA investigation/inspection process
  • Employer policies and other potential mitigation actions that could be taken before a positive test or investigation/inspection
  • How to address an outbreak or positive case in the workplace
  • Recordable/Reportable events related to a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace
  • The use of grids or bubbles to help contain outbreaks and contact trace in the workplace

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Participating ELA Speakers

Rosalee McNamara (Moderator)
Partner
Lathrop GPM LLP
Kansas

David S. Fortney
Co-Founder
FortneyScott, LLC
District of Columbia

Michael Glassman
Partner
Dinsmore & Shohl
Ohio

Joseph M. Kraska
Associate Attorney
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Arkansas

FS Attorneys to Present at the NILG Virtual Conference in July

The NILG 2020 National Conference Planning Committee and the NILG Board has announced a series of FREE webinars to the contractor community in July and August. Programming is underway and OFCCP Director Craig Leen will open the Virtual Conference.

How can Employers Move the Diversity Needle Without Running into Legal Trouble/Tuesday, July 14th 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

FS Attorneys Nita Beecher and Consuela Pinto will present with Paul Francisco (State Street) and Marina Williams (Lockheed Martin):  Employers are under increasing pressure to diversify their workforce and maintain a culture of inclusivity. The pressure to move the needle is significant, particularly for Federal contractors. Striking a balance between innovative diversity and inclusion programs and applicable legal parameters is tricky. Participants will leave with: (1) an understanding of legal requirements; (2) practical recommendations for creating a culture of inclusivity; (3) innovative approaches for achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce at all levels.

An All-Female Pay Panel: ‘Women-splaining’ Pay Equity/Thursday, July 30th from 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

FS Attorney Elizabeth Bradley will present with Joanna Colosimo and Lisa Harpe (DCI), and Michelle Duncan (Jackson Lewis):  An all-female, multi-disciplinary expert panel will converge to discuss their perspective on pay equity, the Pay Gap, and the Glass Ceiling. Learning objectives: (1) developing knowledge on the interconnection between pay equity and glass ceiling analytics to provide organizational recommendations; (2) avoiding pitfalls when implementing salary remediation strategies; (3) developing practical strategies for establishing a successful pay equity or glass ceiling project- with a focus on the end result and impact it will create.

Visit this website for updated information on the webinar series and how to register.

 

FortneyScott’s June 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing: COVID-19 Update and the Supreme Court’s Ruling

REGISTER HERE to  join FortneyScott’s complimentary Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 22nd from noon to 1:00 pm ET.  

During this Weekly Briefing, after reviewing the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar will discuss the critically important decision of the Supreme Court extending Title VII protections to LGBTQ individuals.  The briefing will be provided by FortneyScott attorneys Leslie Silverman, former Vice-Chair of the EEOC, Burton Fishman and David Fortney who will address the key developments, including:

  • The key recent federal updates affecting the workplace;
  • A summary of the Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia expanding Title VII protections;
  • The impact of the Court’s ruling on employers – on employment policies and practices, training, potential liability; and
  • Key takeaways, including how employers should respond to Bostock

This briefing is the twelfth in the weekly series offered by FortneyScott to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

Register for FortneyScott’s June 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and the response to it – businesses and organizations are facing a myriad of challenges relating to their business operations and managing their workforce. FortneyScott is dedicated to helping our clients navigate this unprecedented situation, and providing you with information and resources you need to overcome these challenges.

We firmly believe that we all need to face this challenge together. With this in mind, FortneyScott will be hosting weekly briefings to provide updates and insight on developments impacting the workplace. Please join us to hear our subject matter experts address legal issues related to the outbreak such as compliance with new legislation, managing leaves of absence, workplace safety, EEO/ADA issues, layoffs and furloughs, implementing new HR policies, and other related issues. The weekly briefings will also provide unique opportunity for employers to anonymously ask questions and share insights about the issues they are facing.

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 22nd from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

*If you register for this FS Weekly Briefing, you will be automatically registered for all future FS Weekly Briefings.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

 

 

FortneyScott’s June 15, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing:Handling Workers’ Mental Health Issues after COVID-19

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 15th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

During this Weekly Briefing, FortneyScott’s attorney and WorkPlace HR consultant will be joined by Joanne Irving, an expert on mental health issues in the workplace. We will discuss the growing impact of COVID-19 on mental health in the workplace including:

  • Outlining the documented impact of COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on workers’ mental health as businesses began to reopen;
  • Explaining employers’ legal obligations to workers impacted by mental health issues including reasonable accommodation under ADA and Section 503;
  • Recommending best practices as to help employers ensure the mental health and well-being of their employees; and,
  • Discussing the importance of training and resources for management and workers that support their mental health and well-being.

This briefing is the eleventh in the weekly series offered by FortneyScott to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus. We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

FortneyScott’s June 8, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing: Key Wage & Hour and Compensation Challenges Employers Face During the Pandemic

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 8TH from noon to 1:00 pm ET.  

During this Weekly Briefing, FortneyScott’s attorneys will discuss the most recent developments and updates, and also address key wage and hour and compensation challenges employers face during the Pandemic, including:

  • Ensuring that changes in compensation, assignments, or schedules and duties do not impact exempt employees’ classification
  • Tracking time and fully compensating employees for time worked
  • Government contracting obligations, including compliance with the Service Contract Act prevailing wage and benefits obligations
  • Steps to avoid systemic compensation discrimination claims

This briefing is the tenth in the weekly series offered by FortneyScott to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

Register for FortneyScott’s June 1, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and the response to it – businesses and organizations are facing a myriad of challenges relating to their business operations and managing their workforce. FortneyScott is dedicated to helping our clients navigate this unprecedented situation, and providing you with information and resources you need to overcome these challenges.

We firmly believe that we all need to face this challenge together. With this in mind, FortneyScott will be hosting weekly briefings to provide updates and insight on developments impacting the workplace. Please join us to hear our subject matter experts address legal issues related to the outbreak such as compliance with new legislation, managing leaves of absence, workplace safety, EEO/ADA issues, layoffs and furloughs, implementing new HR policies, and other related issues. The weekly briefings will also provide unique opportunity for employers to anonymously ask questions and share insights about the issues they are facing.

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 1st from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

*If you register for this FS Weekly Briefing, you will be automatically registered for all future FS Weekly Briefings.

 

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

If you were unable to attend the earlier FS Weekly Briefings, you can access them below.

View FS May 18 Weekly Briefing – Responding to key legal challenges employers face.

View FS May 11 Weekly Briefing – Discussion of what employers are doing to reopen businesses and how to prepare for a possible resurgence of COVID-19.

View FS May 4 Weekly Briefing – Review of the legal and practical issues that will arise when employers re-open their businesses.

View FS April 27 Weekly Briefing – Overview of the operational changes and key developments from the federal agencies governing the workplace in response to the pandemic.

View FS April 20 Weekly Briefing – Providing an overview of the new Federal Guidelines, Federal Agency developments, and addressing FAQs.

View FS April 13 Weekly Briefing – Addressing legal and HR challenges in the current workplace.

View FS April 6 Weekly Briefing – Providing an update on key developments and the new and expanded unemployment benefit provisions under the PUA and FPUC.

View FS March 30 Weekly Briefing – Addressing the new federal paid sick and family leave enacted in the Family Friendly and CARES Acts.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

 

 

St. Louis ILG Webinar: Update on Federal Government’s Response to COVID-19 and Employers’ Concerns on Reopening

You are invited to join the St. Louis ILG for a special webinar with David Fortney and Nita Beecher on Wednesday May 27th  | 12pm to 1pm CDT

Employers are very concerned about how and when to reopen their businesses as all the states loosen their stay-at-home orders. David S. Fortney, Co-Founder of FortneyScott LLC an acknowledged Washington insider, and H. Juanita (Nita) Beecher, also of FortneyScott, will first provide participants with an update on the federal response to COVID-19 pandemic including the latest from EEOC, OSHA, Wage & Hour and OFCCP. David and Nita then will discuss the major issues employers need to consider to avoid liability to workers, vendors and customers as they begin to reopen their businesses.

 

 

Novus Law Firm & FortneyScott’s Back to School Webinar: Higher Education Post-COVID-19 Legal & Compliance Concerns

Please REGISTER HERE to join Novus Law Firm and FortneyScott on Thursday, May 28th at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST for the first in a series of webinars discussing the myriad of legal and compliance concerns facing institutes of higher education looking to reopen their campuses for the 2020 Fall terms.

In this first session, Natasha Baker, Esq. and Elizabeth Bradley, Esq. will lead a discussion on the initial personnel considerations to review when reopening your institutions.  This discussion will be moderated by David. S. Fortney, Esq.  These panelists, with their extensive experience in higher education law, will provide thoughtful recommendations and legal perspectives.

During this first session, the panelists will discuss faculty-focused topics including virtual instruction and curriculum adjustments in the context of shared governance; workforce modifications, given contractual, tenure and collective bargaining agreements; and compensation considerations in the event of reduced class schedules. The panelists will also provide a look at how best practices are currently developing with respect to the health and safety of an institution’s personnel as well as accommodation practices that institutions should be considering.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the seminar, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

Novus Law Firm is a San Francisco Bay Area firm whose practice is focused on higher education and labor and employment law.  We are engaged thought leaders in our areas of expertise and use technology to deliver efficient legal services to our clients.

NERC ILG Meeting: COVID-19 with Fortney Scott

FortneyScott attorneys David Fortney, Burt Fishman, and Nita Beecher provided an update to the Northeastern Regional Corporate ILG on what the federal government, Congress, and federal agencies are doing in response to COVID-19. The FS attorneys went on to have an interactive discussion with the NERC members on the issues of most concern to employers.