Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Construction Risk Management Symposium

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Construction Risk Management Symposium

About the Conference

Friday, February 7, 2020 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Westin Baltimore Washington Airport

1110 Old Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Keynote Conversation

Description

Please join us on February 7, 2020 for a program discussing the evaluation and avoidance of significant risks facing modern building and development projects. Caroline Kenney, the Managing Director of Public-Private Ventures at Urban Atlantic, a Washington area developer of transformative urban communities, and Regina Stilp, a Principal of Farpoint Development, LLC, an iconic Chicago area commercial developer, will provide our keynote discussion of their current projects and risk management efforts.

Panel 1

Recent Developments in OSHA Regulations Governing Multi-Employer Worksites

Description

Our panel of safety professionals and consultants will examine how OSHA’s multi-employer safety and training regulations govern various worksite scenarios in the industry, including temporary and contract employees, hired either directly for individual projects or through temporary employment agencies.  The panel will address practical examples and application of OSHA’s responsible employer categories such as the "creating," "exposing," "correcting," and particularly "controlling employer" defined in the regulations.  Finally, we will address the ever-changing “reasonableness” standard applied to these categories and OSHA liability decisions.

Panelists

Panel 2

Managing the Use and Abuse of Prescription Drugs and Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Your Workplace

Description:

When a job applicant or an employee is in pain due to an accident or chronic condition, a treating doctor may prescribe potent opioids, prescription drugs and, now, medical marijuana to manage the patient's pain. At least ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use even though federal law continues to prohibit marijuana consumption. Those prescription drugs and other substances could hinder judgment and decrease mental sharpness, especially while operating heavy machinery, driving for work, or otherwise engaged in conduct that requires mental clarity. When persons are under the influence of these substances, it is important for supervisors and managers to be able to recognize signs of impairment. Otherwise, you run the risk of creating the predicate for a lawsuit alleging discrimination, an unsafe work environment and the prospect of liability for property damage and personal injury they may cause.

What should frontline supervisors and managers be looking for when hiring and managing such employees? How should they address a situation in which they believe an employee is under the influence of a legally prescribed or legally available recreational substance that could render his or her performance deficient or downright unsafe? When is drug testing permitted and to what extent? Where does a job applicant's or employee's right to privacy begin and end when it comes to drug use? How does one comply with differing state and federal laws governing the same issue? What should a supervisor or manager do when confronting an employee suspected of having drug-related issues and what should never be done to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and other laws?

Panelists:

  • ModeratorGarry Boehlert, Partner - Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Dena Calo, Partner – Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Jo McGuire, Executive Director - National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association

 

Testimonial Body: 

Identify, Measure and Mitigate – Streamlining Your Risk Management Process

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