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High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

Connecticut and Massachusetts Expand Protections for Pregnant Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Two laws mandating pregnancy accommodations for employees were recently passed. On July 6, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (“Connecticut Act”). The...more

After Failing to Consult With Client, Counsel Ordered to Pay 60% of Discovery

by Zapproved LLC on

Judge Shifts Costs to Counsel in Employment Discrimination Case - Bailey v. Brookdale Univ. Hosp. Med. Ctr., No. C 16-2195 (ADS) (AKT), 2017 WL 2616957 (E.D.N.Y. June 16, 2017). In this employment discrimination case,...more

UPS Maximum Leave Policy Results In $2 Million Settlement With The EEOC

The EEOC announced this week that it has settled a lawsuit it has been litigating with United Parcel Service, Inc., since 2009. The EEOC alleged that UPS violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by enforcing an...more

Mass. Court Clouds Marijuana in the Workplace Issues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent unanimous decision by the highest state court in Massachusetts sends a warning signal to employers in all states. Marijuana in the workplace is a complex and unsettled legal issue that will require all employers to...more

Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, requiring Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable accommodations” for their...more

Massachusetts Finalizes New Pregnancy Workplace Law: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

by Fisher Phillips on

Massachusetts just joined 21 other states and the District of Columbia by enacting a comprehensive pregnancy workplace law with unanimous support from the legislature, employee advocates, and the Massachusetts business...more

Expecting A Big Change: Nevada’s New Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

by Fisher Phillips on

The state legislature recently enacted the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) to expand the scope of protection for employees and applicants. The NPWFA is based on the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA),...more

Get To Know New Nursing Mothers’ Law For Nevada Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Although the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) already protects nursing mothers from employment discrimination and retaliation while requiring employers to provide them with reasonable break time and a private space to...more

Medical Marijuana Usage Protected Under Massachusetts Handicap Discrimination Law

In Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that an employer could be sued for handicap discrimination under state law for firing an employee who tested positive for...more

Use Of Medicinal Marijuana Not A Facially Unreasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Employment Discrimination Law

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a case that may be a precursor of things to come across the country as more and more states “legalize” the medicinal use of marijuana, in a July 17, 2017 decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, SJC...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: An Employee's Balm; an Employer's Bane

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On July 17th, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts employers may not terminate an employee merely because of his or her off-site use of medical marijuana. According to the Court, the use of medically-prescribed...more

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana as a Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace

As our readers know, we have been monitoring decisions regarding the ability of employers to take disciplinary action against employees for using marijuana at work. The most recent high court to weigh in on this topic is the...more

San Francisco Employers Face New Gender Equality Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has just added two new employment ordinances to the burgeoning list of employment-related ordinances in the City by the Bay. First, the Parity in Pay Ordinance prohibits employers from...more

Medical Marijuana Use May Be Reasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a much-anticipated decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on July 17, 2017, that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under the...more

Massachusetts Employers See Medical Marijuana Defense Go Up In Smoke - Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Requires Employers To Engage...

by Fisher Phillips on

The highest state court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a decision yesterday announcing that handicapped employees who have been prescribed medical marijuana may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the...more

Connecticut Expands Anti-Discrimination and Accommodation Protections for Pregnant Employees and Applicants

Earlier this month, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (the “Act”), which enhances employment protections for pregnant employees and applicants under the...more

SCC upholds employer's "no free accident" alcohol and drug policy: Stewart v Elk Valley

by Dentons on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30). This is a landmark decision, reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

“Mark Of The Beast” Workplace Concerns Lead To Half-Million Dollar Verdict

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

The Devil is in the ... Biometric Scanner? Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Failed to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Belief

Just how far do you have to go to accommodate an employee’s off-the-beaten-path religious belief? The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that you at least have to give the same accommodations you give to disabled...more

Can We Lawfully Terminate an Employee After He Submits a Vague Doctor's Note Seeking an Extension of Leave? In a Word, Yes.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

An employee’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave has exhausted, and over the past several weeks, he’s provided you a series of vague doctor’s notes typically containing nothing more than a one-liner extending his medical leave of absence...more

Costs of Accommodation: British Columbia Supreme Court Reaffirms High Threshold for Undue Hardship

by Dentons on

In a July 2016 decision, Providence Health Care v. Dunkley, 2016 BCSC 1383, the British Columbia Supreme Court held that Providence Health Care (PHC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) failed to establish that the...more

Sky Signs, Colossal Murals and Billboards, Oh My

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Two recent New York cases brought to mind the well-known poem about trees. No, not the one written by Joyce Kilmer. The other one, written by Ogden Nash. Who can ever forget those immortal words. “I think that I shall never...more

Nip/Tuck Leave: When Employees Take Leave for Elective Procedures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers are usually mindful of the many laws governing employee medical leaves and how they interact. But what about accommodation for non-medically necessary leaves? This post discusses the basics of...more

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