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Labor & Employment Law Update

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Interplay between Federal and State Laws Regarding Medical Marijuana Usage.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has a reputation as an employee-friendly forum. Yet that Court recently rendered a decision that employers should applaud. In Carlson v. Charter Communications, LLC, the Ninth Circuit refused to revive a former employee's lawsuit against his employer in which he alleged that he was wrongfully terminated due to his legal use of medical marijuana. Interestingly, the panel of the Court that issued the decision consisted of two judges appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama and one judge appointed by President George W. Bush. The case involved a Montana statute known as the Montana Marijuana Act, which allows patients with state-issued medical marijuana program cards to have a certain amount of marijuana in their possession. More.
New Year Legislative Update: A WECA Webinar on Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes Affecting Your Business. Free for WECA Members and Their Employees; Reserve Your Seat Today.
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law 1,016 of the bills the California Legislature introduced since January 2018. Many will significantly impact California contractors. At this WECA's Legislative Update, lobbyist Richard Markuson will try to explain which measures were signed into law and how these new laws will impact California contractors in 2019 and beyond. Topics will include: Construction law, Sexual Harassment, General Business law, Independent Contractor Status, and emerging trends in enforcement and litigation. Register here.
2019 Legislative Visit Day - Tuesday, January 29, 2019
This once-a-year event, jointly sponsored by WECA and PHCC, starts at the Masonic Lodge of Sacramento and continues on to the Capitol for contractors to tell the merit shop story. Talk with industry experts and regulators about current issues affecting your business and the industry. Topics will include PAGA lawsuits which have made providing flexible working conditions more difficult for California businesses. Instead of protecting workers, predatory trial lawyers take advantage of this law. Come speak with your legislative representatives about this law and other contractor legislation important to you. Register today and make plans to bring your voice and power to impact the issues that impact you and your business! For additional information, contact PHCC of CA at evp@caphcc.org. Register here.