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New York State Decriminalizes Possession of Marijuana

Following an effort in the state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana, on July 29, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.6579A/A.8420 (the “Law”), a law decriminalizing marijuana possession in New York State. The Law will take effect on August 28, 2019. The Law expunges many past convictions for marijuana use and reduces the penalty for possession of small amounts (less than two ounces) of the drug from a misdemeanor to a violation.

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Connolly Gallagher attorneys attend “DEAL” signing ceremony

Connolly Gallagher LLP attorneys Timothy Holly, Matthew Boyer and Lauren DeLuca attended the signing ceremony to mark the adoption of their proposed amendment to the Delaware Equal Accommodations Law to add anti-retaliation protections, with Delaware Governor John Carney and Senator Anthony Delcollo.

Also, Tim Holly contributes his employment law insight to the Delaware Business Times regarding Delaware’s anti-retaliation provision.  “The Delaware Equal Accommodations Law (“DEAL”),  in part, prohibits people from refusing, withholding from, or denying others accommodations, facilities, advantages, or privileges of a place of public accommodation, based on protected characteristics of race, marital status, creed, color, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.”

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Best Lawyers: 27 RSS lawyers now listed

RSS is proud to announce that 27 of its lawyers — nearly a third of the team — are included in the 2020 Canadian edition of the Best Lawyers directory, a major international peer-review-based guide to legal professionals.

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Ongoing Surprises with Congressional Efforts to Develop Surprise Bill Legislation

Federal lawmakers are debating legislation to address surprise medical bills that, if passed in its current form, would significantly impact how hospitals, physicians and insurers negotiate payment for the provision of certain out-of-network services. A bipartisan coalition led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) aims to present to the President for signature a bill to curb surprise billing practices by the end of the year.

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New York’s New Child Victims Act Expands Opportunity for Filing Abuse Claims and The Path for Victims’ Justice

Our colleagues Melissa L. Jampol and Yael Spiewak at Epstein Becker green have written a blog post that will be of interest to our readers in the technology industry.

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Employer Insights: Illinois’ Permanent Commitment To Medical Marijuana James Oh and Kathleen Barrett

On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed legislation amending the state’s current medical marijuana pilot program. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act (the “Medical Cannabis Act”) makes the medical marijuana program, which was initially enacted as a pilot program in 2013, permanent and expands the qualifying medical conditions for a medical marijuana card to include at least 12 new conditions, including chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, osteoarthritis, and ulcerative colitis. The Medical Cannabis Act also provides easier access to a medical marijuana card by expanding the range of medical professionals who can certify eligibility of applicants to the program. In addition to physicians, advanced practice registered nurses or licensed physician assistants can diagnose and certify an individual’s eligibility for the medical marijuana program. The amendments to the medical marijuana pilot program are effective immediately.

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Compliance: Employee Benefits Crash Course Webinar Series

Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice now offers on-demand “crash courses” on diverse topics. You can access these courses on your own schedule. Keep up to date with the latest trends in benefits and compensation, or obtain an overview of an important topic addressing your programs.

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Non-Compete Laws: Illinois

Peter A. Steinmeyer and David J. Clark, Members of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices, respectively, authored a Thomson Reuters Practical Law Q&A guide, “Non-Compete Laws: Illinois.”

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CMS final rule overturns arbitration ban in long-term care resident agreements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule amending the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Trump administration’s final rule overturns an Obama-era ban that prevented facilities from entering into pre-dispute, binding agreements for binding arbitration with any resident or resident’s representative.

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August 21 Effective Date for New EPA Standards for Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

We recently outlined key provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Final Rule modifying the standards governing industry management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, which become effective August 21, 2019. Client Alert

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