This blog series addresses common employment-related issues for cannabis industry professionals.

This post addresses overtime rate requirements that manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products should consider to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal law.

In addition to ensuring that employee time is accurately recorded, employers should be mindful of the applicable overtime requirements and

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) into law on September 18, 2022. AB 2188 will amend the state’s employment anti-discrimination law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and make it an unlawful practice for an employer to discriminate against an adult applicant or employee based upon the “person’s use of

This blog series addresses common employment-related issues for cannabis industry professionals.

This post addresses meal and rest break requirements manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products should consider to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal law.

In addition to ensuring accurate timekeeping, employers should be mindful of various state-level meal and rest break laws, if any, that are applicable to their nonexempt employees. For example, California state law generally requires employers to provide nonexempt employees with a paid rest period of 10 consecutive minutes for every four hours of work, or major fraction thereof, and a 30-minute unpaid meal period for every work period of five or more hours in a day. Other states have similar requirements.

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This blog series addresses common employment-related issues for cannabis industry professionals.

This first post addresses timekeeping considerations for manufacturers and retailers of cannabis products to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal law. Future posts will address other employment-related issues, including the administration of meal and rest periods, overtime and regular rate considerations, engaging independent contractors, exempt and nonexempt employment classifications in industry-specific roles, accommodating employee off-duty cannabis use, and similar topics.

Wage and Hour Compliance: Timekeeping

Large-scale class actions and other litigation alleging violations of legal obligations regarding payment of wages and related recordkeeping constitute a large percentage of active employment-related litigation and can expose businesses, including individual founders and owners, to exorbitant financial risk. Ensuring accurate timekeeping and compliance with related requirements is key to avoiding such liability.

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