Marijuana Issues in the Workplace

Drug Issues in the Workplace

The complex maze of state and federal laws on marijuana usage – along with an increasingly relaxed public attitude – has left employers and HR professionals in a haze about what to do on several pot-related questions:

  • Can you (and should you) still test for marijuana?
  • Is it legal to prohibit off-duty usage by employees? What about medical marijuana card holders?
  • How do you juggle disability laws, FMLA, safety and even workers' comp issues?
  • What new laws are coming – and how should you be responding now?

On Monday, February 10, finally get legal clarity on these important issues by participating in our brand-new webinar, Marijuana Issues in the Workplace. 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. And both of these numbers are expected to grow. This webinar will cover:

  • What the laws say – and how they impact your employee decisions
  • How your state law interacts with federal law, and which you need to follow
  • Best practices of testing for marijuana and illicit drugs in this new landscape. Is it time to drop your zero-tolerance policy?
  • How to legally manage employees who hold Medical Marijuana cards – what your policy says … when you can test … and when you can discipline
  • How the ADA (or state disability laws) may require you to accommodate marijuana usage
  • When the FMLA covers leave for marijuana- or drug-related treatment
  • How to react when you suspect an on-the-job accident was caused by a worker under the influence
  • 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.


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.

HR Specialist Premium Plus websiteP.P.S. Extra Added Bonus. You'll also receive one month of Premium Plus Online – our comprehensive electronic information service – at no cost. Premium Plus Online features more than 40,000 HR articles, online compliance self-audits, over 100 forms and checklists, plus Ask the Attorney (responses to your employment law questions). So that you continue to benefit from Premium Plus, we'll continue your access automatically for just $99 per quarter, unless you tell us "no, thanks" – your choice.

100% Money Back GuaranteeP.P.P.S. We promise you'll be satisfied If Marijuana Issues in the Workplace fails to meet your needs, we will instantly refund 100% of your tuition. Your course materials, website access and early registration bonus are all yours to keep. No hassles, no questions asked.

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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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  • Monday, February 10th
  • 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.