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Government Shutdown Ends, CHIP Funded for 6 Years

January 23, 2018

Congress brought an end to a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young undocumented immigrants. Read More

Helping Employers Wade Through the Weeds of California’s Marijuana Legalization Law

January 23, 2018

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which immediately made it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess and cultivate specific amounts of marijuana for recreational use. (Through a variety of legislative actions, this law and the existing California law pertaining to medicinal marijuana were combined, and the combination is now known as the Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.) As of January 1, 2018, California adults can now buy marijuana from dispensaries licensed by the state of California.  While several states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, only eight have legalized recreational marijuana, and only very recently.  In this brave new world, many employers will have questions about how these new laws affect their existing substance abuse and drug-testing policies.    Read More

California Nurses and Anthony Rendon are Still Sparring Over Single-Payer Bill

January 23, 2018

Time has not healed all wounds between Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the California Nurses Association. Rendon, a Paramount Democrat, infuriated the nurses last June when he abruptly shelvedSenate Bill 562, the measure they sponsored to create a government-run universal health care system in California, calling it “woefully incomplete.” Read More