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Employment Law

Restrictions on Employee Communication Could Lead to Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Employer Takeaway: Employment handbook provisions restricting the content or method of employees’ communications with co-workers about their employment may constitute an unfair labor practice. Employers should review these policies to ensure that they cannot be interpreted as restricting the ability of employees to discuss the terms and conditions of employment. Any restrictive provisions should be connected to a business justification and be tailored to address that justification.

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Employment Law

D.C. Prohibits Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Marijuana

Employer Summary: Under a new law, employers hiring in D.C. may not test applicants for marijuana usage until after the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment for the position. Along with D.C.’s recent “ban the box” law on criminal background checks, this new enactment may require employers to adjust their application and hiring processes.

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Employment Law, Litigation

Businesses Face Obstacles to Legal Efforts to Confront False Internet Reviews

In days gone by, consumers primarily relied on word of mouth, advertising, and reviews from authoritative sources such as print publications in deciding which businesses to frequent. In today’s Internet age, however, consumer decisions have become “crowd-sourced,” as consumers search for businesses online and read customer reviews on websites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, Open Table, or Angie’s List.

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Employment Law

D.C. Enacts Workplace Protections for Reproductive Health Decisions

On December 19, 2014, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The bill, which is subject to the requirements of mayoral approval and congressional review, would expand the prohibition in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) against employment discrimination based on sex (i.e., gender) to also include “reproductive health decisions.”

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