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The People Have Spoken, and It’s Time to Start Smokin’. . . Or Just Say No

It’s July 1, 2015, and Oregon law now allows adults to lawfully use marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Many employers have already faced questions from employees about the impact of the state’s new...more

Colorado Medical Marijuana Case is Not as Far-Reaching as Expected

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Coats v. Dish Network. In a unanimous decision, the court in Coats upheld the termination of an employee who failed a random drug test...more

Recent Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana Highlights Risks Facing Employers in Connecticut Who Seek to Enforce...

As many of our clients know, we frequently train and counsel employers on the implications of Connecticut’s medical marijuana law in the workplace. Although medical marijuana use remains illegal under federal law,...more

Medical Marijuana Still “Unlawful”

The Colorado Supreme Court considered whether a state law prohibiting discrimination based on an employee’s “lawful” off-work activities applies to the employee’s use of medical marijuana as permitted under state law. Coats...more

Update On Recent And Anticipated Federal Regulatory Developments

Federal white collar exemptions: According to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, proposed rules revising the regulations implementing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are...more

Canadian Employment News Series - June 2015

Employees and Independent Contractors: The Changing Nature of Employment - Organizations are increasingly retaining the services of individual contractors rather than hiring employees in order to increase the...more

Despite State Laws, Marijuana Use is Illegal and Can be Grounds for Discharge

A client in North Carolina recently asked me whether it was lawful to fire an employee for smoking marijuana. “Of course,” I replied. She then added another fact: the employee had been on vacation in Colorado and returned...more

Colorado Allows Firing of Employee Who Used Medical Marijuana

As more states jump on the medical marijuana bandwagon, employers are faced with increasing questions about how these changes in the law affect drug testing policies. The conventional wisdom has been that medical marijuana...more

Coats v. Dish Network, LLC: The Colorado Supreme Court Provides Added Certainty Regarding a Colorado Employee’s Use of Medical...

On Monday, June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision in the Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, case, confirmed what actions employers may take against employees in Colorado who use medical marijuana...more

Every Step You Take…Can Your Employer Be Watching You?

It sounds like something out of an Orwell novel: an employer demands an employee provide electronic notice of her whereabouts at all times, on and off the clock. The employee must now face a choice – protect her privacy...more

Even in Colorado, you can be fired for off-duty drug use

Remember this one about the employee fired for legal drug use? How about this one? It seems that we have been talking more about the impact of legal marijuana use on employment since 2012, when voters in Colorado and...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Employers’ Right To Fire Employees That Test Positive For Medical Marijuana

In a case which has been monitored by employers nationwide, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld an employer’s decision to terminate an employee for testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in a random drug test....more

Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Right to Discharge Medical Marijuana User Who Tested Positive in Violation of Zero Tolerance Policy

Today, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Coats v. Dish Network, No. 13SC394 (June 15, 2015). The court held that Colorado’s lawful off-duty conduct statute does not prohibit employers from...more

Colorado Supreme Court Ruling on Employee Marijuana Use Has National Implications

In a much anticipated decision, the Colorado Supreme Court reaffirmed an employer’s right to enforce its drug policy even against a medical marijuana user. Because the court’s decision on Coats v. Dish Network, LLC is rooted...more

Department of Labor Seeks Information about Employees' Use of Smartphones

The Obama Administration used the occasion of Memorial Day weekend to release its required Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda, which is not binding on the DOL, lists a number of items including two specifically related...more

Ah, Social Media: Blurring the Lines Between Work Life and Personal Life

Andy Warhol is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How prophetic you were Andy. These days a single post on social media can travel around the world faster than you can say Snap...more

Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer...more

Employee Who Admits To Smoking Marijuana Off-Duty and for Non-Medicinal Purposes Eligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

If an employee admits to smoking marijuana and is subsequently discharged based on that admission, you would think that if the employee later files for unemployment insurance benefits he would be deemed ineligible…, right?...more

Can Employers Be Liable for Accidents Outside the Workplace?

Can an employee be "worked to death?" According to the family of a nurse, who died in a single-car accident on her way home from work, the answer is yes....more

Out of hours conduct - when is it a workplace issue? (Australia)

The line between conduct that may be said to have taken place within or outside the workplace is often quite blurry. While the conduct of an employee in any part of their life has the potential to affect the reputation of...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators

Off Duty Conduct - Fountain v. British Columbia College of Teachers, 2013 BCSC 773 (British Columbia Supreme Court) - Fountain, a teacher, fired a shot from a rifle over the heads of his sons in the aftermath of...more

Employers Beware: You May be Liable for Your Employees’ Tortious Off-Duty Conduct during Their Commutes

In Moradi v. Marsh USA, Inc., the California Court of Appeal concluded that employees who are required to use their personal vehicles to travel to and from the office and make other work-related trips during the day are...more

Unlawful Limited Access Policies

The National Labor Relations Board enforces the National Labor Relations Act which provides non-supervisory employees with the right to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual...more

Textual Harassment Could CRE8 Liability For Employers

Originally published in Westlaw Journal Employment (Volume 27, Issue 15), February 20, 2013. Consider the following three scenarios: Scenario one: Terrence worked as a flight attendant for Fly Right Airlines. While...more

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