Employers Need to “Weed” Their Drug Policies: Cannabis Legalized for Recreational Use in New Jersey

New Jersey became the latest state to legalize recreational use of cannabis on February 22, 2021, when the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMMA) was enacted. The impact of this new law will be felt with particular force in the employment context, as the employment provisions of the law restrict …

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Masks Off for Fully Vaccinated Employees?

A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated recommendations for individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, sparking a multitude of discussions nationwide as states and localities address the confusion, and raising even more questions for businesses and employers. The CDC recommendations, in summary, provide that “fully vaccinated …

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How Should Employers React Once the FDA Grants Full Approval of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Can employers require their employees to be vaccinated before returning to work? As is true of nearly all pandemic-related employment issues, the answer is in a state of flux. One of the factors that has likely made employers hesitant to mandate vaccination, and some individuals reluctant to get the shots, is that all three available …

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Is This the Year the Independent Contractor Wall Comes Tumbling Down?

For more than a decade, a war has been raging between companies and workers who want to utilize an independent contractor relationship on one hand, and labor unions and governments that seek to reclassify millions of such workers as employees on the other. On May 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded a …

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