Delaware extended employment rights to volunteer firefighters and other first responders who must miss work due to emergencies or injuries sustained while providing volunteer rescue services. Continue reading
Last week was a busy one at the Governor’s office, where Governor Jerry Brown signed into law no less than three new laws with a pro-labor, pro-employee theme. The first two laws were a package deal, making California is the first State to enact legislation that prohibits employers and educators from requesting employees’ and students’ social-networking passwords. Gov. Brown announced that he’d signed the twin bills into law via a Twitter post on Thursday.
California is the second State after Delaware to prohibit universities and colleges from requiring students to turn over their passwords to their social-networking accounts. It is the third State, following Maryland and Illinois, to enact similar legislation providing these privacy protections to employees and applicants. And similar legislation is pending in several States. New Jersey’s version of the Facebook-privacy law was released by a Senate committee at the end of September.
The day after Gov. Brown signed the bills into law, he signed a third bill, which declared May to be Labor History Month. What, you ask, does this actually mean? Well, it means that school districts in the State will commemorate the month with educational exercises intended to teach students about the role of the labor movement in California and across the country.
The bill extends Labor History Week into a full month and moves the observation from the first week of April to the month of May. According to the Sacramento Bee, many of California’s school districts are on spring break the first week of April, and supporters of the bill said the rest of the month is busy for students because they are preparing for statewide tests.
I think it’s safe to say that last week was a good week for the pro-labor movement in California.
Delaware employers in the long-term- and community-care industries are subject to new background-check requirements. The Delaware Code as amended by S.B. 216 to establish an electronic web-based “background check center” for employment in long-term care or community settings. S.B. 216 was signed by Gov. Markell on July 5, 2012. Continue reading
Delaware’s version of the “password-privacy” laws currently pending in state legislatures across the country lives to see another day. H.B. 308, titled the “Workplace Privacy Act,” was released from Committee last month and made it to the House a few weeks ago. It’s slowly been making its way to the top of the agenda and closer to a vote by the House of Representatives. Continue reading
It’s only Wednesday but this has been a busy week already. If time allowed, I could write posts on several important employment-law-related topics. But, alas, my day job is keeping me busy, so this short-form recap of some of the more notable items will have to suffice. Continue reading
Delaware’s medical-marijuana program has gone up in smoke. According to the News Journal, Gov. Markell “has suspended the regulation-writing and licensing process for medical-marijuana dispensaries–effectively killing the program.” The decision comes in response to a letter from U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III. Continue reading
Medical-marijuana laws have been blazing a trail across the U.S. since California’s passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. This year, the Delaware General Assembly began experimenting with marijuana legislation. With the passage of Senate Bill 17 (“S.B. 17”), on May 11, 2011, which was signed by Governor Markell immediately, Delaware joined the 15 other states and the District of Columbia that have bills legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Continue reading
Last night, Governor Markell signed Delaware’s civil union bill into law. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
See our prior posts regarding how the new law will affect Delaware employers:
The Delaware House of Representatives voted yesterday in favor of Senate Bill 30, a bill that would create same-sex civil unions in Delaware, and recognize civil unions performed in other states. The bill also changes all sections of the Delaware Code where marriage is mentioned, by requiring that the word “marriage” be read to mean “marriage or civil union.” Continue reading
I reported last week that the Delaware Senate was considering a bill that would recognize civil unions. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the State Senate voted to approve the Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011 yesterday. The House is expected to vote on the legislation on Thursday, April 15, so stay tuned.