Caught In The Weeds: Reconciling Massachusetts And Federal Laws About Marijuana

In Massachusetts, medical marijuana has been legal since 2013. People need only obtain documentation from their physicians certifying that they suffer from a debilitating medical condition and the use of medical marijuana helps alleviate some of their symptoms. But, without a valid medical marijuana card, it was still illegal to possess or use marijuana. This was true until last year, when the people of the Commonwealth voted to decriminalize marijuana altogether. Now, recreational marijuana use is legal for anyone 21 or older. This means that as long as you are 21 or older or have a valid medical marijuana card if you are under 21, you are free to use marijuana at your discretion.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Resident Advisors Are Subject To Union Organizing

In a recent decision involving George Washington University (“GWU”) and the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) Local 500, the National Labor Relations Board determined that students who serve as full and part-time resident advisors at GWU were “employees” within the definition of the National Labor Relations Act, and, therefore, were an appropriate unit for the […]

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Institutions Must Take Note of Recent Changes to CORI Regulations

In April, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) released amendments to the regulations governing access to and the use of information maintained in the Commonwealth’s Criminal Offender Record Information System (CORI). The amendments to the regulations will effect use of the iCORI system to conduct background checks.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Reading Past the Headlines: Computer Programmers Are Still Eligible for H-1B Visas

Earlier this month, headlines blared that “Computer Programmers May No Longer Be Eligible For H-1B Visas.”  This seems to have been an example of the media sensationalizing, or perhaps just misunderstanding, the actual content of the memorandum issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 31, 2016, entitled “Rescission of the December 22, […]

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Ineffective Remedial Measures Expose Institutions to Liability Under Title IX

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to take action when on notice that existing measures are ineffective. Wills v. Brown Univ., 184 F.3d 20, 26 (1st Cir. […]

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Federal Court Reaffirms Institution’s Responsibility for Off-Campus Activity Under Title IX

In Farmer v. Kansas State University (“KSU”), a federal district court revisited the issue of when off-campus activity that would violate Title IX becomes the responsibility of a college or university to investigate and, if necessary, remediate. In this particular case, the plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity party. Under […]

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

Federal Court Allows FLSA Claim for Salaried Employee to Proceed

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York denied a college’s motion to dismiss an employee’s claim for unpaid overtime hours under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Richard Edelmann worked at Keuka College as a Senior Technical Support Technician. When he was hired, the College offered […]

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page