Monthly Archives: November 2020

Get Out the Toke: State Ballot Initiatives Legalize Marijuana and More

Take a deep breath. Now exhale. While the country awaits the results of the presidential race and many others that are still too close to call, the 2020 election made one thing clear: the march toward 50-state legalization of marijuana (and now perhaps other drugs) continues. On Tuesday, voters in five states decided to legalize recreational or medical marijuana, while Oregon voted to decriminalize most hard drugs, including heroin and cocaine. We summarize each ballot initiative and its outcome below.

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The Ransomware Pandemic Rages On: Tips and Tools to Mitigate Risk

Ransomware basics

Ransomware is a serious form of cyber extortion that employs malware to prevent users from accessing their systems or data, either by locking the system or encrypting critical files until a ransom is paid. The hacker holds the key to unlock the system and usually demands payment in cryptocurrency.

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And the Winner of This Year’s Election Is… the California Privacy Rights Act

While the 2020 United States presidential election took center stage, California voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) ballot measure. The CPRA makes significant changes to the existing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the landmark state privacy law that went into effect on January 1, 2020. This means that many businesses will have to revisit their CCPA compliance programs (again). For those who have yet to develop a privacy compliance program, now is an opportune time to put one in place while considering the new changes that are on the horizon. Read more…

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Howard & Howard Ranked Among Nation’s 2021 Best Law Firms by U.S. News—Best Lawyers®

ROYAL OAK, Mich., November 5, 2020 – Howard & Howard has been named to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the following areas:

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Reminder: Cannabis Companies Must Comply with Federal Workplace Anti-Discrimination Laws Too

Although cannabis (marijuana) remains an illegal substance under federal law, companies in the cannabis industry are not exempt from complying with federal laws in general. A recent flurry of complaints filed in federal courts and with federal administrative agencies have highlighted the obligation of companies in the cannabis industry to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (the “ADEA”), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”). These employers must also remain compliant with state and local anti-harassment training regulations. Not only are such trainings required in many jurisdictions, but when considering the factual scenarios in the cases below, one can readily understand how the trainings can help reduce the risk of exposure to claims of harassment and discrimination. While employers may find the bevy of federal, state, and local anti-harassment laws overwhelming, Epstein Becker & Green’s Halting Harassment® program is 50-state compliant and designed to help employers ensure compliance. Our Halting Harassment® program can help new cannabis companies navigate the gamut of anti-discrimination laws, and avoid the pitfalls of compliance.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Using the Rainmaking Cycle to Become a Rainmaker (Part 2(b) – Networking Continued)

Need a break from doom scrolling about the election? Focus on making productive strides in your practice instead with this week’s Rainmaking Recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field.

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U.S. News -Best Lawyers Recognizes Connolly Gallagher in 2021 “Best Law Firms” Guide

Wilmington, DE (November 5, 2020) –U.S. News –Best Lawyers® has once again ranked Connolly Gallagher LLP in its annual guide of the “Best Law Firms.” In the 2021 edition, the firm was selected for 17 law practice areas in Delaware.  The rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, survey responses, and peer review.  They  include:

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California Voters Pass Proposition 22, Allowing App-Based Ride Share and Food Delivery Companies to Treat Drivers as Independent Contractors

As we have written here before, ride share and food delivery companies doing business in California had a lot at stake in the November 3, 2020 election. In fact, it was possible that those businesses might even cease doing business in California depending on the outcome of the election – or dramatically change their business models in the state.

Specifically, on November 3, 2020, California voters were asked to decide the fate of Proposition 22, the ballot initiative that would remove those companies from the scope of AB 5 and allow drivers to be treated as independent contractors. (As we explained here, AB 5 codified and expanded the controversial “ABC” test adopted by the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court for determining whether workers in California should be classified as employees or as independent contractors.)

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Video: OSHA Issues COVID-19 Citations, Michigan Enacts Liability Shield, and States Battle for Telecommuter Taxes – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, workplace safety and liability issues are top of mind while employers also look ahead to the tax issues telecommuting will cause this tax season.

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Delaware Today Recognizes Connolly Gallagher Lawyers in Top Lawyers ® 2020

Wilmington, DE (November 2, 2020) – Delaware Today has released its 2020 Top Lawyers® list.  Connolly Gallagher LLP lawyers were selected for inclusion in nine practice categories. The results are based on a poll issued to all 4,900 members of the Delaware Bar Association to vote.

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