Bereavement Leave Now Protected in California

On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, which amends the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to require covered employers to provide eligible employees with 5 days of bereavement leave. Read more here. Continue Reading
October 3, 2022

Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rates for 2023

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced changes to the employer contribution rates under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) effective January 1, 2023. Read more here. Continue Reading
September 30, 2022

Now Is Always a Good Time to Evaluate Your FMLA Processes

Based on our experience advising hundreds of employers and closely watching court rulings on cases around the country, we offer a few tips for complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers should follow their own policies with respect to FMLA leave and requests for time off. To avoid potential issues, employers should... Continue Reading
September 22, 2022

California Enacts Law Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based On Off-Duty Marijuana Use, Effective 2024

Governor Gavin Newsome signed into law September 19, 2022 several measures relating to marijuana, including one that prohibits employment discrimination based on off-duty use of marijuana.  The law takes effect on January 1, 2024. The law will prohibit an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment,...
September 19, 2022

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission Publishes Guidance For Employers To Address Marijuana Impairment

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission published guidance on September 9, 2022, for employers to address marijuana impairment in the workplace.  The guidance does not, however, provide the long-awaited certification standards for Workplace Impairment Recognition Experts. In February 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMMA), legalized adult use recreational...
September 16, 2022

DOT Proposes New Guidance For Medical Examiners To Address CBD Use By Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a proposed draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook (MEH), including updates to the Medical Advisory Criteria, in the Federal Register on August 16, 2022.  The FMCSA’s regulations provide the basic driver physical qualification standards for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, in 49 CFR 391.41 through...
September 6, 2022

How Links to Marijuana Industry Can Affect Foreign Nationals’ U.S. Immigration Status

Please click here to visit our Immigration Blog to read:  “How Links to Marijuana Industry Can Affect Foreign Nationals’ U.S. Immigration Status.”
September 5, 2022

Should Employers Continue To Drug Test For Marijuana?

Due to the proliferation of state and local laws legalizing marijuana and protecting off-duty use, employers are struggling with whether it makes sense to continue to drug test for marijuana.  Earlier this month I was privileged to record a podcast with the Disability Management Employer Coalition on the topic of “To Test or Not: Employers...
August 26, 2022

Nevada Court Rejects Claim That Off-Duty Marijuana Use Is “Lawful” Because It Still Is Illegal Under Federal Law

The Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by an employee who was terminated after testing positive for marijuana on a post-accident drug test.  The Court rejected the employee’s claims that his use of marijuana outside of work hours was “lawful use” under state law.  Ceballos v. NP Palace, LLC, No. 82797...
August 25, 2022

Gender Dysphoria is Not Excluded from Coverage under ADA, Fourth Circuit Rules

Gender dysphoria is not excluded from the broad definition of “disability” protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held. Williams v. Kincaid, No. 21-2030 (4th Cir. Aug. 16, 2022). The court’s ruling likewise applies to the analogous Rehabilitation Act.  Read the full... Continue Reading
August 19, 2022