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Labor & Employment E - Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft' - Big Companies, States Urge High Court to Rule on Gay Marriage - Firms Continue to Increase Background Checks on Job Candidates - Obama...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 29: Wellness Programs, Smoking Cessation and e-Cigarettes

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) generally prohibits discrimination in eligibility, benefits, or premiums based on a health factor, except in the case of certain wellness programs. Final...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Senators express concern about FDA’s use of draft guidance documents to...more

Fast Track for Tax Changes

HB 1050 - Omnibus Tax Changes, which we've written about already this week, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee...more

Omnibus Tax Bill Passes the House. On to the Senate.

After two days of debate HB 1050 - Omnibus Tax Changes passed the House. (Bills that raise revenue must be have 2nd and 3rd readings on separate days)....more

E-Cigarettes Light Up Controversy Among Employers

First marketed internationally in 2002, battery-powered e-cigarettes are exploding stateside and may soon shake up many employers who need to decide whether or not to allow e-cigarettes in the workplace. Sales in the United...more

Week in Review

The assault on internet security continues to fill news headlines this week. On the heels of the Heartbleed bug, Microsoft announced this week that a security vulnerability exists in all versions of Internet Explorer, with no...more

Quirky Question #228, E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not to Vape at the Workplace”

Our California company has a no smoking policy but had not thought to include a ban on e-cigarettes, as we had not experienced any problems with them at the workplace until now. A handful of our employees use e-cigarettes...more

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Proposed Regulation: FDA Seeks to Bring E-Cigarettes Within Its Regulatory Authority

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that will expand its authority to regulate items like electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”). The Proposed Rule...more

FDA Proposes Tobacco Products Rule; E-Cigarettes, Cigars To Be Regulated

The rule would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and other products to those under 18; would require warning statements on product packages and in advertisements; and would require manufacturers to register...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Passwords Affected from Heartbleed – HealthCare.gov, the website for the federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, reset user passwords in the aftermath of Heartbleed, a security flaw in...more

Local Governments Should Participate in FDA e-Cigarette Proposed Regulation Process

Acknowledging that the current state of the e-cigarette market is akin to the Wild West, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to issue regulations. As NPR’s Health blog reports, the proposed rulemaking would invite...more

FDA Says Product Containing No Tobacco is a “Tobacco Product” – FDA Expands Authority to Include E-Puffing

In an effort that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials say was motivated by the (Big Brother?) desire “to correct a misperception by consumers that tobacco products not regulated by FDA are safe alternatives to...more

E-Cigarettes Reputation As Safe Alternative To Tobacco Is Just More Smoke and Mirrors

E-Cigarettes Reputation As Safe Alternative To Tobacco Is Just More Smoke and Mirrors The dangers of e-cigarettes exposed by a new study showing e-cigarettes can cause cancer and the realization that many of the “safe”...more

Chicago Extinguishes E-Cigarette Use In Enclosed Places

The city of Chicago has decided that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) should be treated the same way as more conventional cigarettes. Effective April 29, 2014, e-cigarettes will be banned in enclosed public places and...more

Philadelphia City Council Extends Smoking Ban to Include E-Cigarettes

The Philadelphia City Council recently approved a bill that adds electronic cigarettes (or "e-cigarettes") to Philadelphia's existing smoking ban. The bill prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed areas within public...more

What Your City Should Know About E-Cigarettes... And How Other Cities are Dealing with this Growing Trend

Electronic cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But this month, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat...more

Medical Journal Studies on the Health Effects of E-Cigarettes May Help Local Governments

Evidence continues to drift out of the scientific community as to the health effects of e-cigarettes. The latest, a study by the Journal of Adolescent Health as reported by Stephanie M. Lee on SFGate.com. ...more

Are E-Cigarettes A Reasonable Accommodation?

Much has been written in the last several weeks about the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). States are proposing legislation to protect teens as well as prohibit use in public places. But the...more

Electronic Cigarette Advertising Practices Draw Legislative Attention – Will Regulations Follow?

Advertisements for electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” are increasingly drawing scrutiny from consumer advocates and public health groups who are calling for the federal government to regulate these advertisements in...more

Gavel to Gavel: E-cig regulations will develop

We’ve all grown accustomed to the sight of lonely smokers, standing a discreet distance from building entrances as they satisfy their need for nicotine. These Oklahomans may soon be joined by their more modern brothers and...more

Students and Electronic Cigarettes: Implications of Governor Malloy’s Proposed Legislation

Recently, there has been a lot of debate in the media about electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes.” E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that are used to ingest nicotine by inhaling a vapor. (For more detail, the...more

E-Cigarettes Banned In Some California Workplaces

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that emit vaporized doses of nicotine (or non-nicotine) that is inhaled. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes is smokeless and does not contain the amount of harmful chemicals...more

California Municipalities Ban E-Cigarettes with Greater Frequency

The topic of e-cigarettes has become increasingly combustible over the past weeks for municipalities across California. While many cities are choosing to ban the use of the electronic replacement for traditional cigarettes,...more

E-cigarettes advertising in Italy – yes you can!

E-cigarettes regulation in Italy is a fluid and developing area. Law Decree 28 June 2013 n. 73, converted into Law 9 August 2013 no. 99, stated a general ban of e-cigarettes advertising by applying the regulation on tobacco...more

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