June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019

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New York City Bars Pre-employment Marijuana Testing

As we previously reported, the New York City Council recently passed a bill to prohibit most pre-employment screening for marijuana by public and private employers. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio neither signed nor vetoed the bill within the city charter-mandated 30-day time period, so the bill became law on May 10, 2019. The law, known as Local Law 91 of 2019, will take effect on May 10, 2020, one year from its passage. Prior to the effective date, the New York City Commission on Human Rights is expected to promulgate rules for the implementation of Local Law 91. New York City employers may want to consider the commission’s guidance when reviewing and updating their prehire testing practices.

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Patrick Collins, Ogletree Deakins Attorney, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
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Mr. Collins represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and workplace related disputes. He has successfully litigated single- and multi-plaintiff disputes involving employment contracts and policies, restrictive covenants, employment discrimination, and wage and hour claims in both federal and state trial courts and argued successful appeals before federal and state appellate courts. He regularly defends employers in investigations by and hearings before federal and state departments of labor and human rights agencies.

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Shabri Sharma is an Associate in the New York City office, where she represents and advises management in all aspects of employment law. Ms. Sharma has experience in advising and counseling employers regarding employment discrimination claims, mandatory arbitration policies, independent contractor audits, terminations, severance agreements, recent legal developments, and other related employment issues. Ms. Sharma also delivers employment training to hundreds of employees.

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