Managing Marijuana Laws:
An Employer Compliance Workshop

Drug Issues in the Workplace

The complex maze of state and federal laws on marijuana usage – along with the work-from-home trend and increasingly relaxed public attitude about marijuana – has left employers and HR professionals in a haze about how to handle several pot-related issues:

  • Can you "just say no" to off-duty usage … and what is "off duty" for remote employees?
  • Can you (and should you) still test for marijuana … even WFH employees?
  • How do you accommodate medical marijuana users (FMLA? ADA?)?
  • What new laws are coming – and how should you prepare now?

On Tuesday, September 15, finally get legal clarity on these important issues by participating in this timely webinar. Get a plain-English explanation (no legalese!) of what the current laws on medical and recreational marijuana mean for employers – and what changes you need to make to stay in compliance.

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Federal law is fairly clear: Marijuana use or possession is still illegal. But the smoke screen comes from a jumble of state laws. So far, 33 states make marijuana legal for medical purposes. Recreational usage is legal in 11 states. Another 16 states have decriminalized it. All of these numbers are expected to grow.

What does all this mean for your organization? This webinar will explain:

  • Best practices to stay in compliance with all applicable laws
  • How your state law interacts with federal law, and which you need to follow
  • How to set marijuana rules for off-duty behavior – and what that means in today's WFH environment ("smoke hours"?)
  • How to legally manage employees with Medical Marijuana cards – when you can test … when you can discipline
  • Best practices for drug testing in this new COVID-19 environment – even for remote staff
  • How the ADA (or state disability laws) may require you to offer disability accommodations to marijuana users
  • When the FMLA covers leave for marijuana- or drug-related treatment
  • How to react when you suspect on-the-job accidents are caused by workers under the influence
  • Plus answers to your questions and much more!

For HR professionals and employers, employees' marijuana usage creates a Bermuda triangle of risk – employment law … health care … safety and more!

Get all your questions answered and learn how to develop the most legally and operationally smart policies and procedures at this special workshop. We'll see you on September 15.


Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
HR Specialist

book coverP.S. Early Registration Bonus. The first 50 people to sign up will receive our white paper, Drugs at Work: What Employers Need to Know About Testing, Policies and Legal Issues. The 14-page special report explains everything from how to design a drug-testing policy and what signs to look for in employees using drugs to the new laws on accommodating drug and alcohol use. Plus, this white paper includes a comprehensive sample policy on drug use and drug testing that you can adapt and customize for your workplace.

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About Your Speaker:


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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  • Tuesday, September 15th
  • 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Since this is a webinar, you and your entire staff can attend in the comfort of your office or conference room for one low price! You may include as many people as you wish while listening on a single phone line or computer. Contact us for multi-site discounts.