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What Employers Need to Know About Pennsylvania's New Medical Marijuana Act

SB3, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, was signed into law last week. Employers need to take note because employees have protections in the workplace under this Act, and the law specifically sets forth parameters on how...more

OSHA Publishes Food Safety Whistleblower Final Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule April 18, 2016 setting forth the procedures for retaliation complaints arising under the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety...more

PA’s Medical Marijuana Act: Challenges for Employers

Pennsylvania became the latest state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor Tom Wolf signed the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act into law last week. The statute, which had bipartisan support, establishes a medical...more

As Retaliation Claims Rise, Employers Face New Challenges Under Employment, OSHA and Health Care Laws

As we discussed in a recent webinar, employers are facing an increased risk of defending a retaliation complaint as administrative policy changes and expansive federal laws make asserting these claims easier for employees....more

Yes, Attorneys Too Can Blow the Whistle: But When and How Hard?

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Agency”), an attorney – or any individual, for that matter – should not have to first report misconduct to the SEC to fall under the protections...more

Can You Hear The Whistle Blowing?: OECD Releases Report On Global Whistleblower Protections

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”), an international organization whose goal is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people across the world, recently...more

Medical Marijuana is Legal in Pennsylvania . . . Does Your Drug Testing Policy Have to Go Up in Smoke?

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which legalizes medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania. The MMA, which takes effect on May 17, 2016, includes various provisions related...more

The New California Regulations Part IV: Support Animals in the Workplace

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations drafted by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. These new regulations, covering the entire gamut of employment law topics within the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2016 #2

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Procedures for Handling Retaliation Complaints - This rule establishes the final procedures and time frames for the handling of retaliation or whistleblower complaints under FDA Food Safety...more

Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

On March 9, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law bill H. 187 (“Act”), which will require Vermont employers to provide paid sick leave beginning on January 1, 2017. Vermont has become the fifth state (after...more

Maryland’s Amendment Would Expand Equal Pay to Include “Gender Identity,” Strengthen Protections Along Other More Familiar Lines

As we noted in last week’s coverage of Equal Pay Day’s twentieth anniversary, the issue of equal pay has been drawing increasing attention from regulators, legislators and plaintiffs’ attorneys nationwide. Of particular...more

Blowing the Whistle on Food Safety: OSHA Issues a Final Rule Related to FDCA Complaints

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has issued procedural rules for enforcement of whistleblower complaints alleging violations of the...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Position on Reasonable Belief Standard for Reactive Retaliation Claims

In 2009’s Crawford decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that an employee who participates in an employer’s harassment or discrimination investigation as a third-party witness, falls within federal anti-retaliation...more

Breaking News: European Parliament Approves Trade Secrets Directive

On April 14, 2016 (by a vote of 503 to 131 with 18 abstentions), the European Parliament approved the text of a proposed Directive for the protection of trade secrets in the European Union. Once approved by the European...more

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

New FEHA Regulations: Understanding California’s New Requirements for How Employers Handle Employee Complaints

New California regulations require that employers write discrimination, harassment and anti-retaliation policies which include extensive complaint management and investigation procedures. Snapshot - - What has...more

New York State Enacts Paid Family Leave Law

In what is being called one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the United States, New York State has enacted a paid family leave law that will ultimately require employers to provide eligible employees with up...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: The ACA: New Concerns for Employer Plan Sponsors Under the Fair Labor...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) anti-retaliation provisions have been in effect for several years, but have so far largely gone unnoticed. Now that employees can get financial assistance through the Health Insurance...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - April 2016

Is Labor Law Putting the Franchise Business Model at Risk? - Over the course of the last year, we have kept you abreast of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case law and Department of Labor (DOL) interpretive/...more

Mayor de Blasio Signs New Laws Strengthening NYC’s Human Rights Law

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills (Intros 814-A, 818-A, and 819) amending the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). The amendments strengthen employee protections by changing existing...more

California Employers: New Requirements In Effect April 1, 2016. Is Your Harassment/Discrimination Policy Ready?

On April 1, 2016, recent changes by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council to the regulations implementing the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) took effect. Among the changes are an expanded training...more

New California Regulations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment and Pregnancy Disability Leave

New California anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and pregnancy disability leave regulations went into effect on April 1, 2016.  The substantive law regarding these issues has not changed.  However, the new amendments...more

Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect on April 1 and Impose New Requirements on Employers

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations, dealing with the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, go into effect. The amendments place an affirmative...more

Employers Be Warned: California FEHA amendments take effect April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, amended anti-discrimination regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) will take effect in California. The new regulations broaden the scope of FEHA, including the definition of covered...more

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