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In May 2018, Congress passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Under the Act, consumer reporting agencies must provide “national security freezes” free of charge to consumers. These national security freezes restrict prospective lenders from obtaining access to a consumer’s credit report, making it harder for identity thieves to open fraudulent accounts.
While many states have enacted legislation permitting marijuana use in some form (you can find more information on marijuana in the workplace in VA, MD, and D.C. here), marijuana use is still prohibited under federal law. Specifically, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is prohibited as a Schedule 1 illegal drug. While the Americans
With so many states enacting legislation permitting marijuana use in some form, new questions have developed as to employers’ rights regarding marijuana use by employees. 30 states and the District of Columbia currently permit marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Of those states that allow medicinal marijuana, 9 states and the District of Columbia also permit
In a recently decided case, Update Inc. v. Samilow, the Eastern District of Virginia held that a non-compete agreement with a one-year duration and 50 miles from any office geographic scope was enforceable. There, the plaintiff, Update, Inc. (“Update”), employed defendant, Lawrence Samilow. Update provides eDiscovery and legal staffing services throughout the United States. Samilow
The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) serves to protect the rights of employees and employers while restricting certain management practices that may harm workers. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) is the federal agency that enforces the NLRA. Section 7 of the NLRA protects an employee’s right to engage in concerted activity, organize, and bargain
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A recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis upheld employers’ use of class-action waivers in arbitration agreements. No. 16-285, 2018 WL 2292444, at *1 (U.S. May 21, 2018). Based on this ruling, employees that have signed such agreements are no longer able to join together to sue employers and instead must use
Business relationships fail for many different reasons:  business partners may have long-term disagreements, a change in leadership, or simply a desire to go in different directions. Even successful businesses may have to deal with business divorce issues if business partners decide that the benefits of continuing their business relationship are outweighed by the costs accompanying
Summary:  California Supreme Court has established a new standard that makes it much more likely that workers will be W-2 Employees – not 1099 Contactors. The distinction between a 1099 independent contractor and a W-2 employee is an important one, as this classification affects both federal and state tax issues, and it is important that
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