Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Redskins Workers Fight For Their Right to Rights

Click here for a brief write up of the ticket workers' case against the Redskins.  It is focused on the fact that the Redskins required my clients to sign arbitration clauses as a condition of employment.  I have written about such clauses several times on this blog

Monday, December 21, 2009

License To Smoke Pot May Not Hold Much Weight In The Workforce

A local reporter interviewed me about how DC's new medicinal marijuana law may affect workplace rules. Not much is the answer:
"Once it affects your work performance, it's the employer's rule, just like with any other drug."

In other words, whether or not marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, if you come to work under the influence you can be fired (just like if you come to work under the influence of other legal substances, i.e., alcohol). Also, most states allow random drug testing and zero tolerance policies and possession of marijuana is still a federal offense. So, even if the use of marijuana does not affect your job performance, if your employer finds out you are using it, your employer can terminate you.