By Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press BOSTON — Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory and political environment. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine’s close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs. But the drug is still against federal law. A closer look at what it all means for workers and businesses: CAN MY EMPLOYER STILL TEST ME FOR POT? Bottom line: You can’t come to work high. You can still be drug tested. And you can still be fired — or not hired — for … [Read more...] about Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is joining the growing list of places recruiting remote workers — with a thrill-seeking twist. A public-private program launched Monday will try to lure outdoor enthusiasts to live in the rural state with enticements of cash and free passes for recreational destinations. The goal is to leverage one of West Virginia’s most appealing assets, its epic natural beauty, to stem the tide of population loss in the only state that has fewer residents now than in 1950. READ MORE: $2.2M Settlement Reached In Pennsylvania State Police Sex Discrimination Lawsuit The new program represents a more targeted effort than a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice for a massive income tax cut, which fell apart in the Legislature just before the regular session ended Saturday. Under the remote worker program, out-of-state participants who move to West Virginia will receive $12,000 along with passes for a year to indulge in whitewater rafting, golf, rock … [Read more...] about West Virginia Offers Remote Workers $12,000 And Other Perks To Move To State
Odor-detecting “electronic noses” deployed this past month mark Denver’s latest push to purge its olfactory environment as foul fumes again waft into neighborhoods, intensifying with spring as the weather warms. Irked residents complain to the city about every two days, records show, and municipal inspectors focus on familiar industrial emitters, including a 91-year-old pet food factory, marijuana producers, asphalt factories, an oil refinery, and processors of grocery and slaughterhouse waste. “It’s horrible, to wake up in the morning to that smell,” Dawn Diaz, 38, said in front of her house in hard-hit Globeville, where her extended family and five children with respiratory ailments have lived all their lives. “Definitely somewhere I wouldn’t choose to live,” said Diaz, who finds her eyes water frequently and relies on nasal spray and allergy meds for relief. “You get sick more.” Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio, recalling marathoners’ disgust during a race along … [Read more...] about What’s that smell? Denver deploys “electronic noses” in new push to purge foul odors in the air