North Dakota: Recent Employment Updates


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August 1, 2019


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North Dakota enacted several new laws before the close of this year’s legislative session; key provisions are summarized below.

Volunteer Emergency Responder Leave. Covered leave now includes all volunteer members of the army or air national guard in any state, not just North Dakota.

Marijuana “Decriminalization”. North Dakota reduced penalties for first-time possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana to only a fine, not jail time. However, possession of larger amounts, repeat offenses, and sales or trafficking can still result in harsher sentences. The lessening of punishment for first-time offenders does not make marijuana legal; it merely treats the infraction more like a traffic ticket.

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