January 18, 2021

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#WorkforceWednesday: CA Passes Proposition 22, New Marijuana Laws, New Administration’s Impact on Your Business

It’s #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we focus on key state-level election results impacting employment law and what a new administration will mean for your business.

Proposition 22 Passes in CA, Further Narrowing AB5 (Video)

California voters passed Proposition 22, which will exempt app-based transportation and delivery network companies from the state’s AB5 worker classification law. Attorneys Amy Ramsey and Kevin Sullivan tell us what this means for CA employers and the gig economy more broadly. You can read more here.

Marijuana Wins Big on Election Day (Video)

Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota approved adult recreational marijuana use. Mississippi and South Dakota also legalized medicinal marijuana. Employers should review workplace drug and testing policies and be aware they may also need to provide reasonable accommodations for medical marijuana users going forward. Read more.

New York Travel Advisory Revamped

Employers should assess their workplace safety policies after New York updated its COVID-19 travel advisory. Now, travelers from any U.S. jurisdiction can shorten the 14-day quarantine period through a “testing out” process.

NAACP Challenges Diversity Training Order

The NAACP sued to invalidate the Trump administration’s executive order that prohibits “divisive concepts” in diversity training. The lawsuit argues that the order violates, inter alia, the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Cannabis Industry Compliance

Although marijuana won big on Election Day, it remains an illegal substance under federal law. Companies in the cannabis industry should remember they are not exempt from complying with federal laws in general, like anti-discrimination laws. Learn more.

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Amy S. Ramsey Labor & Employment Attorney Epstein Becker & Green Los Angeles, CA
Member of the Firm

AMY S. RAMSEY is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Los Angeles office of Epstein Becker Green. She partners with her clients to deliver innovative and practical solutions to employment-related issues, leveraging her two decades of legal experience.

An accomplished litigator, Ms. Ramsey develops strategies that reduce the scope and value of cases to minimize the expense and business disruption of litigation and to expedite resolution.

In addition, Ms. Ramsey:

  • Has extensive...
Kevin Sullivan, Epstein Becker Green, labor, employment lawyer

KEVIN SULLIVAN is an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Los Angeles office of Epstein Becker Green. Mr. Sullivan focuses his practice on employment law; litigating all forms of employment law cases, with a concentration on wage and hour class and collective actions; and client counseling.

George Carroll Whipple III, Epstein Becker Green, Workforce Management Lawyer, Hiring Matters Attorney

GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He hosts the firm's innovative weekly video program, Employment Law This Week.

Mr. Whipple:

  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws

  • ...