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Medical Cannabis Implications for Employers in Minnesota

Ogletree Deakins • September 18, 2014
On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed into law Minnesota’s medical cannabis bill (SF No. 2470), which passed the House 89-to-40 and the Senate 46-to-16. The law establishes a registry program for Minnesota residents to legally use medical cannabis for a qualifying medical condition. According to the new law, medical cannabis may only be delivered in limited forms: liquid, pills, vapor with the use of liquid or oil (but which does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form), or any other method, excluding smoking. While the bill is now law, the sale of medical cannabis won’t happen for several months; once it does it will have impact on employers.

Deputy Sheriff Protected by Whistleblower Retaliation Law, California Court of Appeal Rules

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 18, 2014
The California Labor Code’s Section 1102.5(b) whistleblower protections are not limited to the first employee reporting alleged misconduct, the California Court of Appeal has ruled, affirming a judgment in favor of a deputy sheriff on his whistleblower retaliation claim. Hager v. County of Los Angeles, No. B238277 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 19, 2014).

California Adds ‘Abusive Conduct’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 17, 2014
Employers subject to California’s mandatory “AB 1825” sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to revise their programs to include prevention of “abusive conduct,” following an amendment (AB 2053) to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Illinois Enacts Legislation Protecting Unpaid Interns against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 17, 2014
Illinois has become the fifth jurisdiction to expand its workplace laws to protect unpaid interns — joining New York, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Delaware Mandates Pregnancy Accommodations

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 17, 2014
Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell (D) has signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S.B. 212, extending workplace protections afforded to pregnant employees, and employees who have recently given birth, to include requiring employers provide reasonable accommodations to such employees.

Delaware Mandates Pregnancy Accommodations

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 16, 2014
Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell (D) has signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S.B. 212, extending workplace protections afforded to pregnant employees, and employees who have recently given birth, to include requiring employers provide reasonable accommodations to such employees.

California Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 15, 2014
With the enactment of the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB1522), California has become the second state in the nation, after Connecticut, to mandate employers provide their employees, including part-time and temporary workers, paid sick leave.

Is the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Increasing to $13.25 per Hour?

Ogletree Deakins • September 15, 2014
On Monday, September 1 in a Labor Day speech, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his proposal to increase the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017, and to tie the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index going forward. California’s minimum wage increased this summer to $9 per hour, and will increase again to $10 per hour in January of 2016.

Illinois Extends Sexual Harassment Protection to Unpaid Interns

Ogletree Deakins • September 15, 2014
Further extending the Illinois Human Rights Act’s already expansive protection of victims of sexual harassment, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn last month signed into law a bill amending the Act to protect unpaid interns against sexual harassment. The amendment becomes effective January 1, 2015.

More New California Employment Laws... Anti-Bullying Training and Unpaid Intern Harassment

Shaw Valenza LLP • September 15, 2014
The Governor has signed or is about to sign two more employment laws:

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