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The midterms are over and my mail is no longer filled with HUGE political direct mail pieces that hide my favorite magazines and my 20-percent-off-one-item coupons to a store that has EVERYTHING anyone could possibly need. Anyhow, yesterday was a busy day at ThinkHR as we analyzed the ballot measures, notifying our customers same-day about…

Marijuana in the Workplace In June 2018, the Vermont Attorney General released a guide (Guide to Vermont’s Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace) to help employers understand how the state’s legalization of medical and recreational marijuana impacts the workplace. The guide: Discusses how Vermont’s marijuana laws interact with other workplace protections, such as legal protections…

Portland Minimum Wage On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Portland, Maine increases to $10.90 per hour. The city released a letter notifying employers of the increase and a new minimum wage poster. Read the city’s letter to employers and see the poster Human Trafficking Awareness Signs Required for Certain Businesses On May 2,…

Question: In states where recreational marijuana is legal, how does that affect federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations?  For example, what can we do if an employee is involved in a motor vehicle accident while on the job and tests positive for marijuana? Answer: DOT regulations take precedence over state laws when it comes to…

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy February’s column on the hazy situation created for employers in the…

Recreational Marijuana Legalized On January 22, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 511) legalizing recreational marijuana. According to Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 18, § 4230(a), this new law does not: Require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale, or growing of marijuana in the workplace. Prevent…