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Katherine G. Rigby and Asha A. Santos of Ogletree Deakins in Boston Shares Her Insights on Various Employment Law Issues

Employee Evaluations Why should employers conduct employee valuations? What are the risks of poorly drafted performance evaluations? What should employers do to avoid when they are in the position of giving a negative review? Who should conduct an employee's evaluation? ...

Employee Drug Testing and Bashful Bladders; It's a Wicked Pissah!

Your business drug tests job applicants as a condition of employment. What would happen if a male applicant refused to take a urine test because he claimed that he had paruresis , otherwise known as "shy bladder syndrome" or "bashful bladder syndrome"? Would you have to accommodate...

May My Company In New York Subject Its Employees To Random Drug Testing and Lawfully Fire Workers Who Test Positive For Illegal Drugs?

Random testing means choosing workers for tests at random, without suspicion, and without advance notice of when the test will take place. Random testing may also encompass the testing of all employees in a company (or a given division of a company) when the date of the testing is not announced,...

Florida Legalizes Medical "Marijuana" But You Can Still Be Fired For It

Florida's Governor signed a bill legalizing a form of medical "marijuana" called Charlotte's Web this week. The law will go into effect next year. I'm underwhelmed. While it's a bit of a victory for patients covered under this new law (cancer or a physical medical condition...

New York Enacts Law Enabling Some Chronically Ill Workers to Use Medical Marijuana on the Job

On July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Compassionate Care Act, N.Y. State Senate Bill S07923 , N.Y. State Assembly Bill A06357E (the “NYCCA” or the “Act”), which, effective immediately, legalizes and comprehensively regulates the manufacture...

Regardless of State Laws, the Use of Marijuana Remains Unlawful Under Federal Law

by Kyle Abraham On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] . This case is an important reminder that the use of marijuana remains unlawful under federal...

Legal Marijuana Remains Off-Limits in the Workplace

It is likely that when Ohioans go the polls this November, we will have the opportunity to vote on whether to amend our state constitution to permit for the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana . Meanwhile, Cleveland.com reports that business groups are concerned over certain language in the proposed...

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination for Medical Marijuana Use

Colorado has a quirky little statute that makes it unlawful for employers to terminate employees for "lawful" outside-of-work activities. As you may know, Colorado also has some pretty marijuana-friendly laws on the books. Enter Brandon Coats. Brandon has a state license that allows him to...

Medical Marijuana as a Reasonable Accommodation?

Yesterday, I blogged about the Colorado Supreme Court's decision that an employer could terminate an employee for medical marijuana use despite a state statute forbidding employment termination for "lawful" off-duty conduct. The decision did not specifically address whether off-duty medical...