June 27, 2024

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McGuireWoods latest installment of its bimonthly brown-bag lunch series that explores important topics affecting the consumer product and retail industries. This webinar covers cannabis industry news and speakers answer questions from attendees..

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The H5N1 virus, commonly referred to as the bird flu, is spreading through U.S. cattle herds and the virus has been detected in pasteurized milk on grocery store shelves. The World Health Organization labeled the outbreak an animal pandemic, but fears of animal to human transmission are rising.

Read on to learn how to prepare for the financial impact of this looming outbreak and why businesses in the livestock and dairy industries should carefully review their policies to maximize coverage for the losses the outbreak will cause.

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.

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.

Illinois legislators recently joined California and New York in proposing bans on several food additives that a growing number of studies have shown to be harmful to human health. Read on for details and comparison of the three state bills and an update on related federal-level activity.

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 as Made in USA.

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.” Read on for details about this development and implications for the cannabis and marijuana industries.

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 about these developments and implications for the industry.

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.