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New York Department of Labor Publishes Guidance Addressing Recreational Marijuana In The Workplace; Most Drug Testing For Marijuana Is Prohibited

The New York Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently published guidance and FAQs entitled “Adult Use Cannabis And The Workplace – New York Labor Law 201-D” to address questions related to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”).  MRTA legalized marijuana use and possession for adults who are 21 and older, effective March 31, 2021, and...
October 19, 2021

Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rates, Maximum Benefit Payment Limits for 2022

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced the employer contribution rates and benefit amounts under the state Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) beginning January 1, 2022. Read more about the changes to the PFMLA effective January 1, 2022. Continue Reading
October 6, 2021

October Brings Changes to D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law and D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act

The District of Columbia has enacted emergency legislation expanding the District’s Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA). The legislation takes effect on October 1, 2021, and lasts for no more than 90 days. In addition, the D.C. Mayor signed legislation to make these changes permanent. That legislation is in its 30-day Congressional review period. The legislation... Continue Reading
October 5, 2021

OCR Speaks to HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, Privacy, and the Workplace

When use or disclosure of an individual’s health information or medical records is at issue, the assumption seems to be, much more often than not, that the HIPAA privacy and security rules apply. This has certainly been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, it is true that in most healthcare settings, HIPAA is... Continue Reading
October 5, 2021

Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave to April 2022

The temporary COVID-19 Massachusetts emergency paid sick leave (MA EPSL) has been extended through April 1, 2022. In spring 2021, Massachusetts established a statewide mandate for employers to temporarily provide employees up to 40 hours of MA EPSL when they are unable to work due to specific qualifying reasons related to the pandemic. The law was... Continue Reading
September 30, 2021

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Enacts Paid Sick Leave with New Ordinance

On September 14, 2021, the Allegheny County Council unanimously approved a new paid sick leave ordinance (the “County Ordinance”) requiring employers with 26 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to its employees.  The County Ordinance comes on the heels of a nearly identical paid sick leave law vetoed in March of this year.... Continue Reading
September 30, 2021

DEA Issues Public Safety Alert Concerning Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a public safety alert on September 27, 2021 to warn Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.  Calling its public safety campaign “One Pill Can Kill,” the DEA’s first public safety alert in six years seeks to raise public...
September 29, 2021

How to Handle Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Leave Periods Spanning Between 2021-2022

Amendments to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CTFMLA) will go into effect on January 1, 2022, and employees will be entitled to 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period, instead of the current 16 weeks of leave in a 24-month period. (The amendments also provide that employees may be entitled to two additional... Continue Reading
September 29, 2021

California Statewide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Set To Expire

A flurry of employment law-related bills are headed to Governor Newsom for consideration, however, no bills are being presented related to statewide supplemental paid sick leave. In March 2021, California resurrected and expanded statewide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.  The legislation sunsets on September 30, 2021, and there is no legislation pending to extend it. Read... Continue Reading
September 24, 2021

Court Upholds Termination of Employee Who Used Prescription Medication That Was Prescribed 5 Years Earlier

A federal court in Indiana dismissed the disability discrimination and retaliation claims of a DOT-regulated driver who failed a random drug test due to prescription opioid use, holding that he did not sufficiently adhere to the employer’s policy or DOT regulations when he failed to produce a Safety Concern Letter from the prescribing physician.  Ross...
September 24, 2021

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