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On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final rule that will ban most employer-employee non-compete agreements. The rule represents an unprecedented federal initiative to invalidate agreements commonly entered into between employers and employees. Read on for details about the final rule and the challenges the rule’s implementation faces.

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On April 15, 2024, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the long-awaited final regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The regulations will take effect on June 18, 2024. Read on for a summary of the additional clarity and guidance the regulations provide as to the scope and application of the PWFA.

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On Oct. 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule that significantly broadens the definition of “joint employment” under the National Labor Relations Act, marking the fifth change to the board’s joint employer standard since 2015. Read on to learn more about how this rule affects employers.

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In late August, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended rescheduling marijuana from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule III substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Meanwhile Congress is weighing a bill that would create federal safe harbors for financial institutions to accept deposits from state-sanctioned marijuana business operators. Read on for details

On Dec. 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to the owners of online hemp, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol retailer Hemp-xr.com for introducing adulterated foods into interstate commerce. FDA took issue with certain cookies, edibles, gummies and honey containing delta-8 THC and CBD because they “bear or contain an unsafe food additive.”

On Dec. 6, the Federal Trade Commission issued a proposed order against ExotoUSA LLC and its owner to resolve allegations that they improperly marketed products online using unqualified Made in USA claims and other false or misleading claims. Read on for details about this case and takeaways for companies that label and market their products

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law the California Food Safety Act and amendments to the 2020 Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act. Together, they ban four additives commonly used in popular snacks and beverages, and an additional 26 chemicals found in many personal care products.

Read on for details about these developments impacting food and personal care