On May 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule, effective immediately, withdrawing a pro-business independent contractor rule that would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, rather than as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. … Continue Reading
The latest episode of Ballard Spahr’s Business Better podcast features a conversation on the legalization of marijuana in certain states and its impact on the workplace. Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment attorneys Jay Zweig, Emily Daher, and Joseph Wiltse review what they’re seeing in their specific states and discuss other topics, including: what employers can and can’t do in regulating marijuana use by their employees, guidelines for implementing drug testing policies, how to deal with so-called “safety sensitive” positions, and the interplay of state and federal law.… Continue Reading
On March 10, 2021, less than three weeks after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana and establishing employee protections for off duty marijuana use, a State lawmaker has introduced a bill (NJ S 3525) to amend the employment related provisions of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (“NJCREAMMA”) to address concerns that employers will not be able to control marijuana use, or the effects of marijuana use, in the workplace for safety sensitive positions. … Continue Reading
President Biden issued a new Executive Order on “Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” The Executive Order—which he issued on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021—directs the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, to propose policy changes within the next 100 days.… Continue Reading
In November, New Jersey voters said “yes” to the legalization of recreational marijuana. On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that legalized and decriminalized recreational marijuana and established a system for a recreational marijuana industry in New Jersey.
Importantly, the new legislation addresses many issues of significance affecting the employer-employee relationship. … Continue Reading
On February 4, 2021, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) reintroduced federal legislation designed to significantly expand the rights of workers to unionize and enhance protections to employees whose efforts to do so are impeded by employers, or who are retaliated against for engaging in protected activity.… Continue Reading