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Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana – Cutting Through The Haze To Understand The Workplace Implications
On June 25, 2019, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB 1438, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act ("CRTA"), which, as of January 1, 2020, legalizes recreational use and possession of marijuana by adults...
United States
25 Jul 2019
U.S. Department Of Labor Says "Gig Economy" Workers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees
On Monday, April 29, 2019, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter in response to an inquiry from an anonymous
United States
17 May 2019
US Supreme Court Rules That Agreement To Class-Based Arbitration Procedures Must Be Explicit
The Court's ruling in Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. v. Varela is the latest in the Court's ongoing pro-employer, pro-arbitration jurisprudence
10 May 2019
"Scabby The Rat" Deflated When The Seventh Circuit Moves His Cheese
Most business owners would shudder at the thought of rats being on their premises, but one rat is particularly unwelcome to employers – "Scabby the Rat."
United States
28 Feb 2019
Arizona Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Law Restricting Local Governments From Requiring Private Employers To Provide Benefits That Exceed State Law Requirements
In 2006, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure which resulted in the passage of the Arizona Minimum Wage Act and established a state-wide minimum wage
United States
15 Feb 2019
Former NLRB Chairman Pearce Withdraws From Consideration For Open Board Seat (US)
Former National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") two-term Chairman and Member Mark Gaston Pearce announced on February 6, 2019 that he would not seek renomination to the Board.
United States
13 Feb 2019
NLRB Issues Important Decision Narrowing What Constitutes "Protected Concerted Activity"
Majority Rules That Skycap's Complaint About Bad Tipping Was Not Protected Concerted Activity
United States
22 Jan 2019
US Supreme Court Unanimously Rules In Favor Of Workers, Holding Trucking Company's Arbitration Agreement Exempt From Federal Arbitration Act
On January 15, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira that a trucking company could not compel its drivers, which it classified as independent contractors
21 Jan 2019
NLRB Issues New Strategic Plan And Provides More Time For Comment On Proposed Joint-Employer Rule (US)
On December 7, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") issued its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, which focuses on four primary goals.
United States
19 Dec 2018
Healthcare Worker's Vaccine Refusal Not Immunized By Americans With Disabilities Act (US)
On December 7, 2018, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit unanimously held in Hustvet v. Allina Health System that an employer did not unlawfully terminate an employee who refused to receive a rubella vaccination.
United States
19 Dec 2018
Kentucky Supreme Court Dismisses Labor Unions' Challenge To State Right-To-Work Law (US)
In 2017, the State of Kentucky enacted a right-to-work law, which, as you will recall from our prior posts (see here), bars employees from being required as a condition of employment to belong or financially contribute to a labor union.
United States
30 Nov 2018
Three New State Laws Legalize Marijuana Use, Sparking More Confusion And Igniting Further Conflict With Federal Law
The mid-term elections are still on people's minds, as recounts and run-offs for federal congressional and state gubernatorial candidates are finally wrapping up.
United States
26 Nov 2018
US Supreme Court Begins New Term With Three Arbitration Cases Set For Oral Argument In October
We've been keeping you apprised of the many developments over the past few years coming from the United States Supreme Court ...
United States
30 Oct 2018
Post-Epic Systems, Kentucky Supreme Court Holds That Under State Law, Employers Cannot Require Mandatory Arbitration Agreements As A Condition Of Employment
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court held in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that employers can require employees to agree to arbitrate disputes ...
United States
30 Oct 2018
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