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Hire and Higher?
June 2010 -- New Jersey & Company
Patricia Graham, quoted at length, notes that a recently enacted New Jersey law legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes does not protect employees in the workplace, does not proscribe employers from enunciating policies that prohibit workplace usage, and do not force employers to accommodate such workers. She notes that the statute doesn't address all issues, including how much protection workers have when the medical conditions that gave rise to their legalized marijuana use makes them part of a protected class.
Marijuana in the Workplace
July 1, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
States that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes have not protected users from being fired if their marijuana use conflicts with company policy, Carol Goodman tells a live network audience. Carol made her remarks in a five-minute segment that included former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who later was administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, regarding a suit filed by a Wal-Mart worker who was fired for smoking prescribed pot to alleviate pain.
SC Leaves Big Questions Open in Text-Message Privacy Case
June 18, 2010 -- E-Commerce Times
Barry Werbin says the Supreme Court's ruling in City of Ontario v. Quon was based on such a narrow and unusual fact pattern that it leaves open the larger questions of how much privacy employees can expect when they use employers' networks and systems for personal communications during work hours. Barry notes that as the cost of technology drops, more employees will have personal communications devices, which should lessen their reliance on employers' equipment.
Pot & The Workplace
April 20, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
Carol Goodman tells a national cable audience that even in states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, workers can be dismissed if they use marijuana -- or even have traces of it in their bloodstreams -- contrary to their employers' policies. She cautions employers, however, to consider whether the marijuana has been prescribed for conditions that might quality as disabilities under various federal and state laws.
When Cupid Strikes at the Cubicle
April 11, 2010 -- The New York Times
In the workplace column Career Couch, Mara Levin is quoted at length on what employers and employees should do when two employees begin -- or escalate -- an office romance. Mara insights include her dubious view of so-called love contracts, which, she says, offer little protection because they cover only the romance and not the break-up.
Marijuana In the Workplace
March 19, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
In a live network appearance, "Marijuana In the Workplace," Carol Goodman analyzes what workplace issues businesses must consider if they are in a state that has decriminalized marijuana and any of their employees have prescriptions for medicinal marijuana.
Wal-Mart worker fired over medical marijuana
March 17, 2010 -- MSNBC.com Your Career
Even though 14 states have laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, they have not enacted legislation requiring that employers accommodate the use of medical marijuana in the workplace, Carol Goodman says. She notes receiving numerous calls from employers, wondering whether they must accommodate such use or revisit their employee handbooks, particularly after New Jersey recently passed a medical marijuana law.
When an Employee Stock Ownership Plan Makes Sense
March 16, 2010 -- MSN Business on Main
Gary Young analyzes when Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) make sense, how they are best implemented, and the costs and possible downsides of them. Tax advantages and a parallel agenda, where employees' and management's fortunes are intertwined, are among the advantages.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet
March 9, 2010 -- NJ & Company
Companies should enunciate clear policies regarding employees' personal use of employers' computers, servers and other electronic communication devices and enforce those policies, Patricia Graham says. In this story, she analyzes the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, both public and private.
"Hot Babes" Blog
February 13, 2008 -- CNBC
Susan Dwyer discusses on live network television the implications of inappropriate blogging content in an office setting.