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Weed in the Workplace: A Hazy Situation

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The increasing legalization of marijuana has affected many peoples’ opinions on the usage of the drug.  One of the lingering issues revolving around marijuana is how and if employers should allow it to be used by their employees (or if they are required to allow its use). Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia have all legalized marijuana in some form and this raises an interesting question for employers: Can an employer take an adverse action when employees can legally use marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes? Generally, the answer is, “yes,” and here’s why: marijuana remains illegal under federal law…

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Plan For The Worst: How To Withstand Crises and Disasters

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In the wake of the devastating effects from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many businesses and their employees are scrambling to figure out how to recover and move forward.  Companies that are located near coastlines are probably accustomed to the threat of natural disasters, and likely already have policies and plans in place for these emergency situations.  The same can be said of businesses in areas that are affected by tornadoes, wildfires, and West Coast offices that have to be prepared for earthquakes.  But, it’s not just natural disasters to consider — we can all too clearly remember the devastation from…

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Avoid Probs by Describing Jobs

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There are many effective strategies that can be employed by companies focusing on maintaining success, expanding their brand outreach, or looking to hire.  But one necessity can sometimes be overlooked: comprehensive job descriptions. Thorough job descriptions are obviously needed to summarize jobs for recruitment and hiring purposes, they are also an integral part of sustaining internal order.  Employers can utilize job descriptions to meet a number of company initiatives.  Job descriptions are a great way to align your employees’ jobs to the mission, vision, and goals of the company.  While the optimal situation is for employees to always have a…

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Can You Fire for Off-Duty Behavior?

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The age social media and transparency has presented pros and cons for employers and employees alike.  There may be no better example of this than the events that occurred in Charlottesville earlier this month. Numerous neo-Nazi marchers were featured in pictures/videos that went viral, causing, among other things, their employers to scramble and figure out the proper course of action. Most companies have no tolerance for racism or discrimination IN the workplace — but the events in Charlottesville occurred outside of the office.  So, even though employees who took part in the white nationalist marches were engaging in racist behavior,…

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