North State SHRM News & Legal Updates
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President-elect Joe Biden supports marijuana decriminalization, but efforts to legalize cannabis consumption are likely to continue at the state level for now. In 2021, employers will need to review their policies and ensure they comply with evolving laws, particularly those covering medical marijuana patients.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser just signed into law one of the most restrictive pieces of legislation in the nation relating to employers’ use of non-compete agreements to prevent employees from working for competitors. The Act not only completely bans non-compete agreements for District employees, but also goes beyond the restrictions commonly contained in many other non-compete statutes by imposing strict notice and other requirements that differ from other existing laws. For example, employers will be required to provide employees with notice of the new law regardless of whether they use non-compete agreements, and are banned from preventing employees from being “simultaneously” employed elsewhere, effectively calling into question the viability of relatively common “moonlighting” prohibitions.
2021 brings new laws and many expansions to existing laws that you need to be aware of to successfully comply with employment laws. Here is just a glimpse:
This is your opportunity to make sure you are on track in the new year. Mark’s training is always well attended and we are thrilled that he has graciously agreed to come back again to help us move into 2021!
Mark Vegh, Attorney
Mark A. Vegh has more than 30 years’ experience representing and counseling employers in all employment and labor law issues. His clients include businesses with one employee, Fortune 500 corporations, and all types of companies in between, both private and public.
Companies with employment law issues require a legal partner with knowledge of the continually expanding California and federal laws. Mr. Vegh has vast knowledge of employers’ legal requirements. Employment law solutions are uniquely practical. Mr. Vegh has decades of experience resolving legal disputes inside and outside of the courtroom.
Mr. Vegh advises and represents employers on all employment and labor laws, including wage issues, disabilities accommodation, whistleblower and retaliation issues, workplace discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, mandated leaves of absence, workplace privacy, drug and alcohol testing, confidential information and trade secrets, layoffs and business reorganizations, labor relations and collective bargaining, and hiring and disciplinary issues.
Mr. Vegh has successfully litigated and tried hundreds of jury and court trials, hearings and arbitrations for employers. He conducts presentations and lectures extensively on employment and labor laws, and has presented more than 1,000 seminars and training sessions for employers in several states.
For over 10 years Mr. Vegh has also been a highly-rated adjunct professor teaching college courses in law and human resources management.
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As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are administered in the United States, employers have much to consider with regard to mandating the vaccine for their employees. Access the article.
An employee with multiple sclerosis who agreed to transfer to a position with greater teleworking opportunities to settle her disability discrimination claim did not show she was targeted for discrimination or retaliation, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
For much of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many California employees have use leave entitlements through federal, state and local paid-sick-leave laws. Here’s what employers need to know about expired and continuing paid-leave obligations.
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