Legalized marijuana: Maryland and Missouri passed measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. This would not impact an employer’s right to prohibit the use, possession, or being under the influence; however, it could change how employers can use positive marijuana drug test results in making employment decisions. Similar measures did not pass in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
For the next 2 years, we do not expect to see much legislation from the divided US Congress. In fact, the division could create more issues if needed legislation is obstructed, budgets are not passed, and the government is shut down.
However, on the state level, we expect legislation on sick pay, legalized marijuana, paid leave, weapon restrictions or permissions, pay equity or transparency, anti-discrimination, and restrictive covenants depending on the philosophy and needs of different states. The shifting control in some state governments from one party to another or from a split to one party being in control often means a change in legislative agenda with topics often dictated by the party in charge.
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Employers need to stay aware of legislation moving through all levels of government, update policies and procedures as new regulations are implemented, and educate employees on their rights and responsibilities.
The Affinity HR Support Plan was designed to give you peace of mind when it comes to compliance. Connect with us at contact@AffinityHRGroup.com or 877-660-6400 to learn more.