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In a blow to legalized marijuana advocates but a move that is sure to please employers, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that a company could lawfully fire an employee who used medical marijuana on his personal time. The legal status of marijuana, and medical marijuana in particular, remains hazy. While more and more states […]

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Many employers prefer to arbitrate employment disputes to save on legal expenses and bad publicity. Employees, however, often want to litigate in court in hopes of receiving a sympathetic jury.  So how does an employer get an employee to agree to arbitrate when they do not have a written employment agreement?  The 9th Circuit has […]

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On June 29, 2015, Mayor DeBlasio signed the Fair Chance Act, commonly known as Ban the Box.  As we have previously written, Ban the Box is an effort to limit employer inquiries into criminal history at the beginning of the hiring process.  While New York City Mayor Blumberg had previously signed such a bill pertaining […]

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Ever since taking office, New York’s Attorney General (“NYAG”) Eric Schneiderman has zealously targeted various industries with regard to their wage-payment practices, investigating car washes, grocery stores, fast food restaurants and nail salons. Now he has turned his attention to retailers. Recently, as reported by numerous media outlets, the NYAG sent letters to retailers in […]

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OSHA’s new reporting rules expand the list of workplace-related incidents which must be reported to OSHA.  Employers should be aware that incidents which in the past did not warrant contacting OSHA must now be reported to the agency. Previously, employers were only required to report work-related fatalities and hospitalizations of three or more employees to […]

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