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May 26, 2021

Alabama Legalizes Medical Marijuana While Allowing Employers Discretion as to Participating Workers

On May 17, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey signed Alabama’s new medical marijuana law, known as the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act, making Alabama the 37th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

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May 25, 2021

Montana Legalizes Marijuana for Recreational Use and Will Protect Lawful Off-Work Use

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte recently signed two bills designed to establish the framework for recreational cannabis and to begin to implement voter initiatives regarding the sale, use and possession of recreational marijuana.

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May 21, 2021

Beyond COVID-19: Washington SB 5115 Expands Workers’ Compensation Liability and Notice Requirements for Infectious Diseases

On May 11, 2021, Washington State enacted SB 5115, the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA), which expands the workers’ compensation framework for infectious and contagious diseases and imposes new notice requirements on employers.

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May 14, 2021

Giving it Our Best Shot – Statewide Vaccination Plans

This chart provides links to state agency websites, vaccine allocation plans, and other guidance related to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as basic vaccination plan phases.

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May 4, 2021

Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Banning Marijuana Tests for Many Prospective Employees

On April 22, 2021, the Philadelphia City Council passed a new ordinance prohibiting employers from conducting pre-hire marijuana testing, which Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law on April 28, 2021.

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May 4, 2021

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Issue of First Impression on “No-Hire” (or “No-Poach”) Agreements

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided an issue of first impression regarding “no-hire” (or “no-poach”) provisions in commercial contracts between two companies.

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May 3, 2021

New York City Executive Order Imposes Sexual Harassment Reporting Requirements on Organizations that Contract with City Agencies

By Adriana Foreman New York City Executive Order 64 (the “Order”) imposes new sexual harassment reporting requirements on organizations that contract with New York City agencies for “human services.”

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June 17, 2021

New York HERO Act Requires Workplace Safety Measures

In an effort to prevent the occupational exposure to an airborne infectious disease, the New York legislature has passed the aptly named New York Health and Essential Rights Act, or NY HERO Act, which amends the New York Labor Law.

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April 19, 2021

New Mexico Will Join the Growing List of States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal

On April 12, 2021, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two bills into law, legalizing the use and possession of recreational cannabis and allowing for the expungement of certain cannabis-related criminal records.

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April 14, 2021

Are You Prepared for the Return of the War on Employee Handbooks?

The National Labor Relations Act governs what most private-sector employers can say and do with respect to employee “concerted” or group activities, whether they are represented by a union or not.

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