Maine becomes first state to protect marijuana use outside of work

AuthorValerie Bolden-Barrett PublishedFeb. 1, 2018Dive Brief:Beginning today, employers in Maine are prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their marijuana or marijuana byproduct use outside of work, attorneys at Littler Mendelson report. Maine's Labor Department also removed the drug from the list of substances for which employers may test applicants. The law prohibits employers from …

Insurer says it shouldn’t have to pay for medical marijuana

The Maine supreme court is wading into the issue of medical marijuana and workers' compensation AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers' compensation for medical marijuana.It's the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement …

Last month, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act

By UpCounsel Employment Attorney Josh GarberLast month, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act, a controversial piece of legislation that would allow private-sector employees to trade overtime pay for compensatory time off, which the employee could use to take time off from work at later date.Although its supporters tout the bill as pro-employee, there …

Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island

    By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and …