The legalization of cannabis use in the United States has become a fiery issue. Many states have legalized the medical use of cannabis, while others either have legalized, or are in the process of legalizing, its recreational use as well. The conflict between state law and federal law, however, presents a myriad of issues for employers and employees alike. Employers are facing potentially confusing questions about how to respond when prospective or existing employees disclose their use of medical cannabis. Employers in states that have legalized cannabis use for medical purposes also have to balance several interests. Employers must comply with federal and state laws and provide employees with a safe and productive workplace. At the same time, employers must accommodate employees with disabilities that may require medical cannabis.
In this compliance webinar, we will review various challenges employers face in connection with employees’ lawful medical or recreational cannabis use to help you better understand these issues. We will analyze the impact state legalization of cannabis use has on employers’ ability to maintain a drug-free workplace, as well as the effect state laws have on private employers and their employees.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of:
- The basic provisions of state medical and recreational cannabis laws and the effect they have on employers and employees
- How to handle conflicts between state and federal laws
- Cannabis and the American with Disabilities Act
- Employment law regarding cannabis drug testing
- Medical and recreational marijuana discrimination
- The treatment of “zero tolerance” policies under the law
- Best practices for responding to an employee’s disclosure of medical cannabis use
- Tips for modifying workplace drug policies to avoid liability
BONUS MATERIAL: Attendees will receive state specific expert forms and checklists to include: a Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy, Drug and Alcohol Testing Authorization, and Employee Handbook Review Checklist