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February 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Discharge of Employee in Safety-Sensitive Position Who Tested Positive for Cocaine

On February 6, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wyandotte County, Kansas, did not violate the U.S. Constitution by discharging an employee in a safety-sensitive position after he tested positive for cocaine...more

The Hazy Truth Regarding Workplace Drug Testing

John has been a good technician throughout his relatively short tenure at your dealership. But today he is a bit careless as he test-drives the customer vehicle he just finished working on. As John returns the car to the...more

Is Post-Accident Drug Testing Still Legal?

Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a final rule that (1) made explicit the requirement that employers have a reasonable procedure for their employees to report work-related...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Refusal to Submit to Drug Testing Requires Evidence of Intent, in Kansas Workers’ Compensation Case

An appellate court in Kansas ruled that an insufficient urine specimen, without evidence of intent to thwart the drug test, is not a refusal to submit to a test for purposes of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Byers v. Acme...more

New Drug Testing Rules in Oregon Follow OSHA

Employers are probably aware that OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule is now in effect. (See our post here discussing the rule.) However, as we blogged previously, many states have their own reporting...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2017

For many years there has been disagreement about whether or not employees who bring discrimination claims under Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practices Act can get punitive damages (not just compensatory damages for lost...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: January 31st Public Hearing

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills: Proposed H.B. No. 5151 AN ACT CONCERNING TIMETABLES FOR MUNICIPAL...more

2017 Indiana Legislative Update: Employment Law Bills to Watch

The Indiana General Assembly returned for its 2017 session on January 3, 2017. While the budget is a central focus this year, there are many employment-related bills that have been introduced that could have a significant...more

Right to Light? Maine’s New Marijuana Law Prohibits Employers from Discriminating Against Recreational Users

An important provision in the recreational marijuana ballot initiative approved by Maine voters back in November has so far generated limited buzz among Maine employers, but they will need to pay closer attention now that key...more

DOT To Add Synthetic Opioids To Its Drug Testing Panel

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in which it proposes to amend its drug testing program regulation to add four synthetic opioids (hydrocodone,...more

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in...more

Can Employers Continue Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing?

On January 1, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new recordkeeping and reporting rule took effect. The main impact of this rule requires employers to electronically file annual injury and...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Case Alleging That Hair Follicle Drug Testing Has Disparate Impact on African-Americans Allowed To Proceed

A municipal employer that conducted hair follicle drug testing on police officers was not entitled to summary judgment on a Title VII disparate impact claim, because a reasonable jury could conclude that an alternative to...more

Disparate Impact Threat Can Set Policy

A recent disparate impact claim over drug testing sets the stage for participants to dictate improvements in employer policies. In Jones et al v. Boston, No. 15-2015 (1st Cir. Dec. 28, 2016), the court considered claims by...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Despite Challenge From Industry Groups, New OSHA Standards Went Into Effect On December 1, 2016

In addition to waging a successful challenge of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime regulations, industry groups had also fought the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) relatively new...more

What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved...more

Green Grass and High Tides: The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act

On April 17, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program into law, making it the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. The new law — Act 16 or the “MMA” — will protect...more

Employment Law Changes in the Trump Administration

When Donald Trump takes office in January 2017 he will enjoy Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, which should allow him to take quick action on a number of employment law issues. Although there issome...more

"Employment Flash - December 2016"

This edition of the Employment Flash looks at a Texas court's grant of a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of a DOL rule that would have more than doubled the minimum salary requirements for the executive,...more

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule – Three Things Employers Should Do Now

A Texas federal court has refused to enjoin OSHA’s new rule regarding workplace safety and injury reporting, which went into effect on December 1, 2016. Similar to employers’ recent successful challenge of the DOL’s overtime...more

Federal court ruling means OSHA drug testing limitations are now live

As we previously discussed, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration made waves earlier this year with its newly announced position that employers who conduct post-accident drug or alcohol testing might violate...more

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