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House Clears EEOC Appropriations Bill With Several Limiting Amendments

On May 10, 2012, the House of Representatives approved 247-163 a fiscal year 2013 funding bill (H.R. 5326) for a variety of federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), that includes a series of amendments that would curtail enforcement of certain labor- and employment-related regulations and programs. Last month the House Appropriations Committee […]

Getting Beyond “Name, Rank, and Serial Number”- Nebraska Passes Job Reference Immunity Law

Add Nebraska to the growing number of states that have granted civil immunity to employers that provide job references to prospective employers of their current or former employees. Approved by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, the law, LB 959, will take effect on July 18, 2012. The new law authorizes employers in Nebraska to disclose, with […]

The In-House Lawyer’s Guide to Marijuana Legalization: How Companies Should Clarify Their Policies, and What to Look Out for on the Enforcement Front

In the recent November elections voters in Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. What does that mean for company drug policies? Should I panic? Zero-tolerance drug policies should still be fine. So should drug testing programs. The courts have so far upheld employers’ rights to enforce drug-free workplaces, even […]

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