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Marijuana Issues at Work:
An Employer Compliance Workshop

In this 75-minute training, you will learn:

  • To stay in legal compliance

    Federal law … state law … the FMLA … the ADA … they all intersect to make compliance difficult (and dangerous).

  • Necessary changes to your policies and handbook.

    Know the marijuana rules of conduct you can set for employees, and how to update your employee handbook this summer.

  • Ways to legally apply discipline.

    How to identify signs of a marijuana problem and when you can legally discipline or fire.

The times (and the laws) they are a-changin’

Can you fire workers for off-duty marijuana usage? Can you still test for it? How must you accommodate medical marijuana? How do the FMLA and ADA interact with current laws? Is it time to rewrite your pot policy (probably!)?

The complex maze of state and federal laws on marijuana use — along with the increasingly relaxed public attitude about the drug — has left employers in a haze about how to handle pot-related issues of hiring, terminations, workplace safety and more.

Most states have made marijuana legal for medical purposes … 17 allow it for recreational usage … a growing number have “decriminalized” it. The situation keeps changing, as do the employer traps for failing to stay on top of the compliance decisions. Some employers have even begun offering coverage of marijuana as a health benefit.

Finally get legal clarity on this important issue in plain English (no legalese!) and discover the changes you need to make NOW.

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Agenda for Marijuana Issues at Work

  • Written marijuana policy. Rethink your written marijuana policy to stay on the right side of all applicable laws
  • Best practices. Learn the best practices on hiring, discipline and safety decisions
  • Drug testing. Discover what’s legal (and realistic) when it comes to drug testing, including remote staff
  • FMLA and ADA. Determine what the FMLA and ADA allow for marijuana and drug accommodations (usage, treatment, disability, etc.)
  • Medical Marijuana cards. Master the rules for managing employees with Medical Marijuana cards
  • Off-duty behavior. Set marijuana rules for off-duty behavior — and what that means for your WFH employees
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Jenn Betts is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Ogletree Deakins. She represents and counsels employers regarding complex traditional labor and employment matters. Jenn has extensive experience with employment issues, and has defended numerous employment class and collective actions for clients in a wide array of industries including retailers, manufacturers, banks, and in the energy sector. Jenn has been quoted in national articles on AI and the workplace, and her writings appear frequently in national and local publications. She is an in-demand speaker on social media topics and other HR-related subjects. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Jenn also regularly conducts training sessions for managers and supervisors.

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This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



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If Marijuana Issues at Work: An Employer Compliance Workshop fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund every penny you paid – no hassles, no questions asked.