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The Federal Government Is Challenging State Legalization of Marijuana – What Does This Mean for Employers?
January 4, 2018
Only days after California started selling recreational pot, which had been legalized under state law, CNN reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is rescinding Obama-era guidance that had set forth a policy of federal non-interference with state legalization laws.
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Five Things Employers Should Know About Marijuana
December 1, 2017
In light of the growing number of states that have enacted legislation addressing the use of medical marijuana (see chart), employers should be aware of the following facts as they deal with this important issue.
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Do Employers Have to Provide Accommodations for Medical Marijuana Use?
September 7, 2017
The consensus amongst employers in the recent past has been that, because federal law categorizes marijuana as an illegal substance, employers could take adverse action against individuals who tested positive for marijuana (refusing to hire, disciplining or terminating).
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Medical Marijuana Usage May Require Accommodations
July 19, 2017
Employers are well aware that many states have adopted laws permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and sometimes without demonstrating medicinal need. Since these laws were enacted, a variety of cases have been percolating in the courts relating to these statutes, some of which allege claims against employers who have enforced policies relating to drug testing and drug use at work.
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Massachusetts High Court: Medical Marijuana User Can Sue for Handicap Discrimination
July 17, 2017
A year ago, a Massachusetts state court considered for the first time whether employers are required to accommodate the off-site use of medical marijuana by disabled employees.  The court answered that question in the negative, ruling that a private employer has no duty to tolerate an employee's use of medical marijuana as an accommodation for a disability under Chapter 151B of the Massachusetts General Laws.
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Marijuana Sows Confusion For Employers
June 30, 2017
As we roll into the holiday, there are two sets of potentially confusing marijuana stories in the air. The Bullard Edge will help you make sense of these concerning stories.
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Termination Because Of Medical Marijuana Cardholder Status Is Unlawful
May 31, 2017
Implications for employers everywhere. We believe the court’s decision will be overturned on appeal.  Nevertheless, there are a number of aspects of it that are relevant for employers in any state with legalized marijuana.
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School Bus Driver Busted for Marijuana Use
April 27, 2017
Last month, 63-year-old New Hampshire resident Ali Mahfuz made headlines across Massachusetts after he was arrested for reporting to the Chelmsford High School allegedly under the influence of marijuana.
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Tweets Follow

Jun 21

Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Bill Passed by Legislature: https://t.co/dforavTZhV

Jun 20

The EEOC Compares Harassment Prevention to Crime Prevention: https://t.co/1L7d1I14NA

Jun 20

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Issues Final Administrative Rules on Predictive Scheduling: https://t.co/aF0v1bUauD