Employment Hot Topics 2020: Cannabis, Employee Leave Laws & Immigration Compliance

May 11, 2020

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This program provides the most recent developments in three important and ever-changing aspects of employment law in 2020: Cannabis, Employee Leaves of Absence and Immigration.

  1. Cannabis. Although cannabis is illegal under federal law, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical use and ten states, as well as D.C., have legalized it for recreational use - a dichotomy that presents a unique and complex challenge for employers and employees. This presentation provides an overview of federal and state marijuana laws, discusses specific aspects of the employment relationship affected by the legalization of marijuana in certain states and offers practical guidance for employers on how to navigate this new and developing area of the law.

  1. Employee Leaves of Absence. There are many complexities facing employers relating to employees who take various leaves of absence under various statutes (e.g., FMLA, Workers' Compensation). These statutes always overlap with and intersect with employer legal responsibilities towards disabled employees under the Americans With Disabilities Act (and similar state laws). This CLE explains and clarifes the relationships between these laws and what the employer’s compliance obligations are and how to best implement workplace policies that address all of these issues

  1. Immigration. This part of the presentation covers important aspects of immigration and workplace compliance, including Form I-9 Compliance, SSA No-Match letters and ICE inspections.