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  • Monday, April 13, 2020

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm (Central Time)

  • 10:00 – 11:00 am (Mountain Time)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am (Pacific Time)


The legalization of marijuana use in the United States has become a fiery issue. Many states have legalized the medical use of marijuana, 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 marijuana. Employers in states that have legalized marijuana 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 marijuana.  

In this compliance webinar, we will review various challenges employers face in connection with employees’ lawful medical or recreational marijuana use to help you better understand these issues. We will analyze the impact state legalization of marijuana 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 marijuana 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


  • Dena Somers

    Dena Somers

    Esq / Founder finreg PARTNERS

    Dena Somers is a highly regarded bank consultant and compliance attorney. She has provided regulatory compliance and risk management consulting services to financial institutions and companies in highly regulated industries nationwide for more than 20 years. Her areas of expertise include consumer and mortgage lending compliance, Fintech and specialty finance, regulatory compliance training, business strategy and best practice advisement, and corporate governance. Throughout her career, Ms. Somers has advised hundreds of banking and financial institutions— ranging from local community banks to $50 billion financial holding companies— to achieve operational efficiency while ensuring regulatory compliance. Previously, Ms. Somers served as General Counsel to a national mortgage servicing company, Fintech lender, national money service business, and has represented financial institutions in a broad array of complex litigation matters for more than 15 years. Additionally, Ms. Somers is a published author for Lexis Nexis in the areas of Bank Teller training, loan policies, and loan documentation training.


1.0 CPE Credits and 1.2 AAP Credits