Posts by: foleyfoleypc

Should You Relax Your Marijuana Drug Testing Policy?

September 28, 2022 |

Last summer  Amazon removed marijuana from its pre-employment drug screening for all positions (excluding where required under federal law). Amazon recognized the change in the cannabis landscape: 19 states have legalized recreational marijuana use. A ripple effect was predicted at that time and in fact, many other employers have done the same in this tight […]

Lessons from the Railroads

September 22, 2022 |

Thankfully, this is not a post about a railroad strike, which was narrowly averted. What pushed the railroad workers and their unions to the brink? Time. Specifically, time off from work and the ability to take sick days. According to the NY Times: Unions complained that to manage a shortfall of employees, the carriers effectively […]

New Books, New Laws

September 7, 2022 |

The backpacks are all packed and it’s back to business for students. Fall is also a great time for employers to look ahead at what’s around the corner for employment compliance. There are many new laws that will become effective January 1, 2023, so why not get ready now? If your state is not included […]

I Am the Walrus: Not in Your Workplace

August 31, 2022 |

We all love our pets. And for some people, pets could include alligators, snakes, ducks–you name it. Some people need their pets or animals for emotional support. Others need a service animal, not a pet,  to help perform their job. Do you have to let animals into your workplace? First, what is the difference? The […]

Law & Logic: Not for Independent Contractors in MA

August 17, 2022 |

From Tim Kenneally, who heads up our Litigation Department, comes the following update: “The aim of philosophy is the logical clarification of thought.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein  The aim of the courts—at least in Massachusetts—is confusion when it comes to independent contractors. We recently received another court decision “clarifying” independent contractor status under the law. The case involved […]

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