CBD “Edibles” Face Opposition from States, FDA

Gummies, brownies, sodas, cookies . . . consumer appetite for food and dietary supplement products containing cannabidiol (“CBD”) has grown over the last few years as states have moved to legalize cannabis for medical or limited recreational use.  With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018, which legalized the cultivation of hemp for certain purposes, the “edibles” industry appeared poised for further expansion.

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NYC Commission on Human Rights Adopts Rules Establishing Broad Interpretation of Laws Prohibiting Gender Discrimination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) has adopted new rules (“Rules”) which establish broad protections for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals. The Rules, which define various terms related to gender identity and expression, re-enforce recent statutory changes to the definition of the term “gender,” and clarify the scope of protections afforded gender identity status under the New York City Human Rights Law. New York State also just added gender identity and expression as protected classifications under the state Human Rights Law, following the adoption of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

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Super Bowl Commercials – The Ugly of 2019

It’s the post I know you’ve all been waiting for – as ads have gotten milder the last few years, each season, I wonder whether there will be any commercials worthy of the “ugly” moniker. This year, we had three!

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The Rise of the Chief Data Officer

There is a new kid on the block . . . the Chief Data Officer (CDO).  There is no surprise in our data-driven world that such a role would exist. Yet, many organizations struggle with defining the role and value of the CDO. Effective implementation of a CDO may be informed by other historical evolutions in the C-Suite.

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The rite of spring: declaring wages to the CNESST

February 13, 2019 — Most of us are eagerly awaiting the early signs of the arrival of spring. However this expectation should not cause employers to forget that they must file a declaration of wages with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail before March 15.

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ILN Today Post

Het retentierecht in de bouw

Elke aannemer ziet zich er op enig moment mee geconfronteerd: de niet-betalende opdrachtgever. Zeker indien deze aannemer al investeringen heeft gedaan om een werk te realiseren, kan het uitblijven van betaling vervelende consequenties hebben. Om te voorkomen dat de aannemer volledig met de gebakken peren blijft zitten heeft de wetgever de aannemer – onder omstandigheden – een nuttig hulpmiddel verstrekt: het retentierecht. In deze blog wordt kort stilgestaan bij het retentierecht; wat is het en hoe werkt het?

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NHFIC a piece of the puzzle to solve Australia’s housing affordability woes

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) is providing much needed ammunition to those fighting for more affordable housing in Australia.

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New appointment strengthens Hall & Wilcox’s litigation and dispute resolution practice

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has strengthened its national litigation and dispute resolution practice with the appointment of new Special Counsel Scott Meacock, who joined the firm on 4 February.

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Super Bowl Commercials – The Bad of 2019

Most of the commercials that I saw during the Super Bowl fell into what I’d call the “meh” category. They weren’t terrible, but they didn’t blow my socks off either. But there are a few that I’ve got squarely in the “bad” and “ugly” categories for you, and based on some of the YouTube comments, they may surprise you.

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Act Now Advisory – It’s Official: New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Will (Gradually) Increase to $15/Hour

Joining California and New York, New Jersey has become the third state with a phased-in $15 minimum wage requirement for most employees. On February 4, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A15 (“Law”), which raises the state minimum wage rate for employers with six or more employees to $10.00 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2020. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase annually on January 1 by $1.00 per hour until it reaches $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2024. The minimum wage hike will phase in at a slower rate for employers with five or fewer employees and for “seasonal employers” (defined below). Thus, the current minimum wage of $8.85 per hour will increase as follows: ­­

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