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An Update on Key HR Issues

April 10, 2017
 
While major issues often get the headlines, there are always a number of issues that may get lost in the shuffle. Below are a few different items you may have missed. 
 
May Day strikes in the works
 
Advocates for immigrant-worker rights have scheduled another day of protest for May 1, 2017. May 1 is a Monday so employers may face the question of what to do if a significant portion of their work force stays home or participates in a protest march. 
 
AIM issued a blog back on February 28 in advance of the Day without A Woman protest that discusses many of the workplace issues associated with these protests employers may want to review. 
 
Medical marijuana oral arguments at Supreme Judicial Court 
 
AIM has been tracking the first legal challenge to the Massachusetts medical marijuana. An employee who used medical marijuana was hired and subsequently fired following a positive drug test. The employee sued, alleging that the employer discriminated against her based on the medical marijuana law. She lost on her initial claim, but appealed the case to the Supreme Judicial Court to get a legal interpretation that would apply across the commonwealth. 
 
The first step in that process, oral arguments, occurred on March 9. A decision is expected by early summer. Employers thinking about revising their drug and alcohol policies may want to wait to see if the SJC’s ruling has any impact on the content and/or implementation of their policy. 
 
Trump Labor secretary moves closer to vote
 
President Trump’s second nominee for Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, is likely to come up for a vote in the full Senate in the near future. Confirmation will allow the U.S. Department of Labor to address many of the issues that are currently in limbo, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) white-collar regulations that remain on hold due to a federal court ruling last November.
 
If you have any questions about these or any other HR-related matters, please contact the AIM Employer Hotline at 800-470-6277. 
 
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