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Medical Marijuana in the Arizona Workpla...

By Lindsay G. Leavitt With the enactment of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”) in 2010, the number of medical marijuana card holders in Arizona is over 65,000 and growing.[1] Chances are your business does or will employ one of them. This article will answer the five most pressing questions facing Arizona employers with the goal of helping them avoid the legal weeds[2]...

U.S. Supreme Court Questions Abercrombie...

By: Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) issued its decision reversing the Tenth Circuit’s award of summary judgment in favor of Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. in the closely watched employment discrimination case.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended (“Title VII”) provides for two...

Are Unpaid Internships Illegal in Arizon...

By Lindsay G. Leavitt To pay, or not to pay? For Arizona employers offering internships, that is the question. Since the Great Recession, the number of unpaid internships has mushroomed, presumably because employers desire to reduce costs while students still need to bolster their resumes. What for-profit employers need to know, however, is that most unpaid internships violate Federal...

NLRB Rules that Employees May Use Compan...

By Keith F. Overholt A new name has entered the lexicon of American labor law:  Purple Communications.  It will turn employers several shades of red when they learn that, on December 10, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that if an employer makes its e-mail available to its employees for use in connection with their job, the employer must permit employees to use the...

EEOC Sues CVS Pharmacy Claiming Its Sepa...

By John G. Sestak, Jr. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commenced litigation against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging that its separation agreements unlawfully prevented employees from communicating with the agency (the EEOC) or filing discrimination claims.  Legal commentators have indicated that the form of separation agreement used by CVS is fairly standard for...

EMPLOYERS MAY LOSE BENEFIT OF OVERTIME E...

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), most employees are entitled to receive overtime compensation (1.5 times their regular rate of pay) for all hours they work above 40 hours in a workweek.  However, the FLSA also exempts certain executive, administrative and professional employees who are paid on a salaried basis and make at least $455 per week.  President Obama...

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