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NLRB Makes Union Organizing Easier
The National Labor Relations Board recently caused some big headaches for employers when it ruled that employers generally have to give non-management employees access to the employer's own email system to communicate with each other at work regarding working conditions and possible union organizing.
Obama's SOTU Targets Worker Needs
In his sixth State of the Union address, the president covered a wide range of employment and labor issues, though experts don't expect many to ever see the light of day.
A GOP Effect on the NLRB?
For employers looking to blunt union-organizing efforts this year, the road to success just got even rockier, thanks to three recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. But will a Republican-controlled Congress provide any relief for employers?
The ACA and International Assignees
Large employers need to bear in mind the implications of international assignees and take steps to address compliance for their globally mobile employee base.
Security Screenings Settled?
The Supreme Court recently ruled in Amazon's favor on the long-debated issue of whether to pay employees during security screenings. But some legal experts believe the case also highlights an employee-morale issue, and predict that organizations need to address the issue through their overall compensation plans or else risk future lawsuits.
Job-Misclassification Woes
A class-action misclassification suit against Google is further evidence employers need to ensure their own employee-classification processes are current and compliant, legal experts say.
Biometrics in the Workplace
While the use of biometrics continues to emerge in the workplace, at least one group is pushing back against its use: employees.
The GOP Effect on the EEOC
Legal experts debate whether a Republican-controlled Congress will have any effect on the direction of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's agenda in 2015.
Time to Stand Up to Workplace Bullies
Legal experts say California's new anti-bullying legislation may set a new national standard for employment-law compliance.
CVS Arbitration Policy Raises Concerns
Former supervising pharmacist speaks out about a new opt-out option within a CVS training module he says could rob workers of their rights.
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Question: My company is located in New York, where a law permitting the use of medical marijuana was recently passed. I would like to know if this law, and similar laws passed in other states, protects employees from termination if they are found to be under the influence of marijuana while at work. In other words, how do the medical marijuana statutes impact an employer's right to enforce its Drug Free Workplace policy, and how do these laws affect an employee's right to reasonable accommodations under the ADA and similar state statutes?