Weekly catch-up

Constangy is #1 midsize law firm for women! Law360 has ranked us number one among law firms with 150-299 attorneys. Firms were not even eligible to be ranked if they didn't have at least 49 percent female attorneys, so we are the creme de la creme. Heather Owen, proprietor of FOCUS, our women's leadership blog, has more here.

Like no business I know . . . In our latest installment of ConstangyTV's Close-Up on Workplace Law, host Leigh Tyson interviews Nestor Barrero, who came to our firm from NBCUniversal, about employment law issues unique to the entertainment industry. Even if you're not in "the biz," you will find it interesting and, dare we say? - entertaining. To save you a long, exhausting trek over to YouTube, I have it here:


PS - If you haven't already subscribed to ConstangyTV, please do so!

They changed the I-9 - again? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a new Form I-9, less than a year after the last change. The new version is available now and must be used starting September 18. The most significant change is that the instructions appear to indicate that I-9s should be completed by the time the employee starts work (rather than at the close of the first work day). Elizabeth Joiner has all you need to know.

Medical marijuana use may have to be accommodated under state disability-rights law, Massachusetts court says. Ellen Kearns, head of our Boston Office, has an excellent analysis of the (IMO) groundbreaking decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Although the court's decision applies only to Massachusetts employers, it is very possible that courts in other states that both allow the use of medical marijuana and have state disability protections will follow.

Image Credit: From flickr, Creative Commons license, by Jelene Morris.

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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