A Moment of Simple Justice: Legal Weed
Medical Marijuana In Canada: Weeding Through the Risks and Opportunities
The dramatic inconsistency between federal and state law with regard to the use of marijuana may mean that employers with zero tolerance policies for marijuana use will face an increasing likelihood of litigation over the...more
On November 4, 2014, voters approved a law legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District of Columbia. D.C. joins Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington in approving marijuana for recreational use....more
On November 4, 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Alaska passed a similar law the same day). As of July 1, 2015, it will no longer...more
Alaska voted on Nov. 4, 2014, to decriminalize possession, use, display, purchase, and transport of marijuana. Alaska has now joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing recreational marijuana use....more
So far, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and in two states, Colorado and Washington, it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Let’s take a look at Washington’s recreational-use law and...more
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
New York's Compassionate Care Act, enacted on July 7, 2014, places New York in the company of 22 other states and the District of Columbia who permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Important for employers, the law...more
On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization law—the Compassionate Care Act ("Act"). The Act (which was actually signed on July 5, 2014, after weeks of...more
A recent Ontario decision suggests that laypersons - such as supervisors – may assess whether a person is impaired from drugs or alcohol, and their assessment will be considered in legal proceedings.
In a “drug...more
Minnesota recently became the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana use and, as part of the new law, to enact new potential employment protections for registered users of medical marijuana. Minnesota’s new marijuana law...more
I thought only elephants had two-year pregnancies. As I’ve discussed here before, “pregnancy” for purposes of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act includes a lot of things besides the actual nine months of physical...more
On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not...more
Fifty years ago when Title VII became law and 23 years ago when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, it would be inconceivable that someone would be blogging about accommodating employees by allowing them to smoke...more
The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations that became effective on April 1, 2014, could substantially increase the number of Canadians who are using lawfully prescribed medical marijuana. As the number of prescribed...more
On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation making Minnesota the 23rd jurisdiction to adopt a law authorizing the use of medical marijuana. The new Minnesota medical marijuana law (MML)...more
Once a policy that typically needed little attention or updating, the legalization of marijuana — even for the limited purpose of medical use — is throwing companies’ drug & alcohol use policies into the spotlight.
In This Issue:
- Employers Face Increasing Number of Religious Bias Suits
- Small Business Owners Concerned About Overtime Pay Requirements
- Rising Number of Wage Theft Lawsuits Highlight Enforcement Issues
This is the sixth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VI focuses upon "Use of Marijuana in the Workplace."
Recent publicity about the enactment of laws in several states legalizing...more
A California Superior Court dismissed criminal charges against two individuals for practicing medicine without a license. The individuals own a corporation that operates medical marijuana clinics in which licensed physicians...more
We have been getting a lot of questions from employers about how employees' legal use of marijuana impacts an employer's ability to enforce its drug testing policy. Most of these questions were generated by the recent actions...more
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