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National Labor Relations Board Decision, Senate Bills 854, 863 and Comcast vs Entertainment Studios

On March 21st, the governor of Virginia signed into law an access to personnel records law. Under the law, every employer, upon receipt of a written request from a current or former employee or employee’s attorney furnish a copy of all records or papers retained by the employer in any format reflecting

  1. The employee’s dates of employment with the employer.
  2. The employee’s wages or salary during employment.
  3. The employee’s job description and job title during employment.
  4. any injuries sustained by the employee during the employment with the employer.

A couple of weeks ago the National Labor Relations Board issued a significant 3-to-1 decision for a case involving the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The board ruled that the Medical Center could permissibly forbid a union from coming in and soliciting the employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center public cafeteria if the prohibition would be equally applicable to any other entity seeking to solicit or distribute literature in the same area. This case is significant because it overturned a decades-long decision, which held that unions could, in fact, engage in solicitation and distribution in a public cafeteria or public area maintained by an employer.

Finally, two new pieces of legislation were recently introduced in the Maryland legislature that passed in the Senate but not in the House. Senate Bill 854 was passed by the Senate and it would have stated that a covered or dependent employee is not entitled to workers’ compensation or associated benefits if his or her accidental injury or occupational disease was caused solely by medical cannabis use, and such use was not pursuant to a legitimate medical prescription. The second Senate Bill 863, which passed the Senate but did not pass the House, would have prohibited employers from requiring employees or applicants to disclose their use of marijuana and cannabis.

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