The Rise of Recreational and Medicinal Marijuana Use in California Public Workplaces: Concrete HR Strategies to Cope with Challenges and Legal Risks in Hiring, Performance & Productivity, Lost Time & Injuries, Accommodations and Leaves
Join Patti Eyres, Managing Partner at Eyres Law, as she provides an update on laws and policy as they regard Marijuana in the workplace.
It has been two years since California voters approved Prop 64 to decriminalize adult recreational use of marijuana. The number of people testing positive for marijuana in workplace drug tests is exploding, particularly in public safety jobs. Many employees and job applicants assume that inhaling or ingesting marijuana products is “legal” in all aspects of California life, both outside and inside the workplace. Others believe that if a health care professional prescribes marijuana to treat a medical condition or disability, they have the right to take prescribed dosages before or during their shifts, and to bypass otherwise applicable mandatory drug testing. This creates significant challenges for HR professionals, Risk Managers and front-line leaders.
In fact, California law expressly authorizes employers to enact and enforce zero-tolerance drug policies and to discipline employees who fail drug tests. Likewise, strong precedent from the California Supreme Court specifically states that reasonable accommodations are not required for medicinal marijuana patients (although a timely, good faith, and individualized interactive process is required to evaluate accommodations for functional limitations from the underlying disability for which the prescription is issued).
This webinar will provide clear, up to date, and practical strategies for addressing an array of issues confronting employers and their HR professionals. These include:
1. Practicalities: Safety, productivity, increases in healthcare costs, impact on industrial injury claims, and how to cope with an explosion of positive drug screens;
2. Legalities: Exposure to legal claims and limited defenses, requests for reasonable accommodation, avoiding disability exposures while declining to accommodate medicinal marijuana users, dealing with discipline and due process, and more.
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