Getting Out of the Weeds: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana in the Workplace

Webinar (EDT)

Nathaniel Glasser and Valerie Butera, Members of the Firm, will present "Getting Out of the Weeds: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana in the Workplace," a webinar hosted by Lawline.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana, yet the drug remains classified as a Schedule I illegal substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This dichotomy has left employers with many questions about how to safeguard their workplace and enforce drug-free policies without running afoul of applicable laws. This session will discuss the effect of state legalization laws on drug testing, drug-free workplace policies, and the discipline and accommodation of marijuana users. Strategies for dealing with the changing landscape will also be presented.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the various protections provided by state legalization laws, including decriminalization, nondiscrimination, and accommodation
  • Identify current federal enforcement priorities under the Controlled Substances Act
  • Discuss the effect of state legalization laws on drug-free workplace policies
  • Explore whether employers must accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana
  • How to respond to increasing numbers of pre-employment and on-the-job positive test results for marijuana
  • Recognize elevated hazards presented by marijuana use by employees required to operate motor vehicles
  • Address OSHA’s recommendations for dealing with employees who use marijuana
  • Propose strategies for dealing with inherent conflicts in state and federal law

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