New Marijuana Law in the Old Dominion: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Virginia Will Impact Your Workplace
Senate Bill 1406 goes into effect July 1, 2021, legalizing recreational marijuana in Virginia. It will be legal for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to four marijuana plants. Treating marijuana more like alcohol than a Schedule I controlled substance will affect Virginia workplaces, from hiring to termination and everything in between. This article looks at what has changed, what probably won’t, and what may be next on the horizon.
Chancellor McCormick Provides Helpful Guidance on Pre-Suit Litigation Demands Under Delaware Law
Last month, Delaware’s new Chancellor Kathaleen S. McCormick issued a decision largely dismissing challenges to board action after finding that the plaintiff’s emails to the board constituted pre-suit litigation demands, and thus the plaintiff was precluded from arguing that the director defendants were interested or lacked independence for purposes of considering a demand.
Congratulations to O’Hagan Meyer’s 2021 Best Lawyers® Employment Law!
Partners Charles G. Meyer III, Vijay K. Mago, Kelvin L. Newsome (Richmond) and Wood W. Lay (Charlotte) are named 2021 Best Lawyers® in Employment Law.
Congratulations to O’Hagan Meyer’s 2021 Super Lawyers!
We are proud to announce the O’Hagan Meyer attorneys recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars across Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Southern California.
O’Hagan Meyer Adds Team of 12 Attorneys to Financial Services Practice
O’Hagan Meyer is elated to announce the addition of veteran team David Baugh and John Dalton to the Chicago office. Baugh and Dalton join the firm with a combined 40+ years of legal experience, focusing mainly in the Errors & Omissions, Financial Services and Coverage practice areas.
May An Employer in New Jersey Require That An Employee Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Order to Return to Work?
The New Jersey Department of Health has mandated, and the NJ Division on Civil Rights will enforce, employers’ rights to require its employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace.
Third Circuit Enforces Plaintiff’s Obligation to Prove Fitness for Duty
On March 24, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Williams v. Pinnacle Health Family Care Middletown, upheld the dismissal on summary judgment of claims for discriminatory termination where the Plaintiff failed to provide a physician’s fitness-for-duty certification following her cancer treatment.
EEOC Releases Latest Charges Statistics
On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement and Litigation Data. Surprisingly, the numbers were lower than preceding years, and 2020 marked the lowest number of charges filed in over 20 years.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Defines Plaintiffs’ Affirmative Duty to Timely Effectuate Service of Process
On March 25, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered a landmark 4-3 decision that clarifies plaintiffs’ obligations to effectuate original service of process or risk having the case dismissed, Gussom v. Teagle, 2021 WL 1134548 (Pa. March 25, 2021) (Maj. Op. by Baer, J.) (Wecht, J., Dissenting).
The Summer of Overtime Wages: VA Passes New Overtime Act
On March 30, 2021, Governor Northam signed into law the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, creating significantly greater liabilities for Virginia employers beginning July 1, 2021.