By now, many of you have perused newspaper reports on the internet, and have been made aware that effective January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana. It is interesting to note that the State of Illinois will be the first state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis by legislative action rather than public referendum. In point of fact, the State of Illinois will be the eleventh (11th) state to legalize recreational marijuana.
There are very few, if any, individuals who are unaware of the well-publicized recent scandal involving Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. Certainly, Mr. Sterling's unfortunate comments have resulted in unprecedented penalties from the NBA and, in all probability, are the result of the very enflamed situation that grew from a bonfire to a forest fire within a few hours. Regardless of the circumstances of the Sterling scenario, there are lessons to be learned by all employers and management from this situation. Clearly, the actions and comments of employers, owners, and management, whether directed to employees or others, may have dire consequences for a business. Here are five practical tips for all employers to consider to avoid the "Donald Sterling motif."