In February 2019, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One ruled that the Arizona State Legislature overstepped its authority in 2016, when it prohibited Arizona cities and other municipalities from enacting their own employee benefits ordinances. That ruling reinstated part of a 2006 law that permitted Arizona municipalities to pass local ordinances requiring employers to provide employment benefits more favorable than those provided under statewide laws. On August 27, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court denied review of the Court of Appeals decision. Thus, Arizona municipalities continue to be free to enact ordinances that may be more “employee friendly” than other applicable statewide laws.
On June 30, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill (S2105) extending the effective date of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act to October 1, 2010. As reported in the February 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, absent this extension, the Act would otherwise have been effective on July 1, 2010.
The latest version of Article L. 1235-3 of the French Labor Code, based on the “Macron Ordinances,” has recently been the subject of major dispute, with several labor tribunals issuing conflicting decisions.
The city of Newark, New Jersey recently passed an ordinance effective November 18, 2012, that will impact most employers in Newark. The new ordinance applies to employers with five or more employees that do business, employ, or take applications for employment within the city of Newark. The ordinance contains several requirements related to the application process, including requirements related to criminal background checks.