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French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Regulating Smoking Within Community Associations

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places "smoke-free." For its part, the North...more

Quit (Illicit) Smoking – new proposals will affect landlords

by Hogan Lovells on

Landlords could potentially find themselves hit with new lease requirements, periodic checking obligations and even financial penalties following the publication of the ‘Sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion and other...more

Bill in the Maryland General Assembly Would Permit Restrictions and Prohibitions On Smoking By Condos, HOAs and Landlords

by Baker Donelson on

House Bill 500, now pending the Maryland General Assembly, provides for a proposed amendment to Section 11-104 of the Maryland Condominium Act that would allow a condominium’s bylaws to include “a restriction or prohibition...more

Work refusal due to second-hand smoke was not properly investigated: arbitrator

by Dentons on

A correctional officer with sinusitis and sensitivity to second-hand smoke was entitled to have her work refusal investigated by prison management, an arbitrator has decided. Although the prison was a non-smoking...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

by Allen Matkins on

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

by Allen Matkins on

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

by Littler on

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

HUD Activity – Week of November 28, 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD Announces Nationwide Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing - The most talked about HUD development this week has been Secretary Castro’s announcement on Wednesday, November 30th that HUD will require all public housing...more

City bylaw prohibiting hookah smoking in licensed businesses for health and safety reasons is valid: Court

by Dentons on

The City of Toronto Council had the legal authority to make a by-law that prohibited hookah smoking in licensed establishments, an Ontario judge has decided, given the city’s valid health and safety concerns....more

Legislative Developments Affecting California Employers in 2017 and Beyond

This year has brought many changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Department summarizes some of the most important employment law developments that will...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 28, Issue 10

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Annual California Legislative Roundup - Now that the dust has settled on the California 2016 legislative session, it is once again time to round up and review the new laws impacting California employers. Although there...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

California’s Employment Law Class of 2017 (Part I): The Laws, Their Effects and Some Recommendations for Compliance

by Reed Smith on

Amend, extend and clarify: the 2016 legislative session was not so much about creating new rights and responsibilities under California employment law, but more about expanding and addressing lingering questions that stem...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

by Wilson Elser on

Recruiting Practice Reminders - If you are a hiring manager or human resources professional who posts job openings to your organization’s website, carefully review the content to ensure it is specific, clear and concise....more

Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate...more

California Legislative Update

by Littler on

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont...more

Connecticut Addresses E-Cigarettes and Vapor Products, Imposes Signage Requirements on Select Employers

by Littler on

Connecticut has passed a new law regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products in various venues, including numerous places of employment.  Effective October 1, 2015, Public Act No. 15 206 (the Act)...more

Moving company fined under smoke-free workplace legislation

by Dentons on

As one employer learned recently, smoke-free workplace legislation has teeth. According to a Nunavut government press release, a government safety officer, in a workplace inspection, “observed evidence of smoking in the...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

by Dentons on

With the recent expansion of legislation permitting the production, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes, employers should begin to think about crafting a policy which addresses medical marijuana use in their...more

Be Global - June 2015

by DLA Piper on

Whistleblowing: An employer's guide to global compliance - As the global push to combat corruption in government, politics, civil society and business gathers pace, whistleblowing continues to be a topic of ever...more

Arbitrator Strikes Down Employer’s Total Ban On Smoking During Shift

by Dentons on

Starting in January 2015, the employer – which manufactured wire and cable products – banned smoking anywhere on company property, including outside of the plant. Employees were also prohibited from leaving company property...more

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