Recent state regulatory developments regarding medical and recreational marijuana have created a host of compliance concerns for employers. While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation giving medical marijuana usage the green light. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. And, several states have enacted laws making the possession of small amounts of the drug a civil, not criminal, offense.
The web of varying state laws regarding when and how an employer can drug test an employee and what drugs an employer may test for further compounds these challenges, requiring that employers maintain a delicate balance between business objectives, employee rights, and compliance with state and federal laws. Given the growing social acceptance of marijuana use, many employers are struggling to develop and effectively implement workplace policies that address employee drug use without lessening the pool of talented employees. What may be permissible under the law may not necessarily be good for business.
This webinar will explore the changing legal landscape concerning recreational and medical marijuana, review tips for developing effective drug testing policies, and tips for handling employees who test positive marijuana in states where it has been legalized to some extent. More specifically, you will learn:
The changing legal landscape regarding medical and recreational marijuana in states around the country and the District of Columbia
How state marijuana laws affect your federal compliance obligations under the DOT and other agencies
Which state laws provide explicitly for employee non-discrimination protections
Whether medical marijuana usage may qualify as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
How to address off-duty use of marijuana
When and how to drug test an employee
How to develop and manage workplace drug testing policies
This program is valid for 1.00 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
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