High Society: Are Employers Giving Up on Drug-Free Workplaces?
September 28 | 10:15 am
While federal law says marijuana remains a prohibited Schedule I drug, an abundance of states now allow both medical and recreational marijuana use. CBD is on every store counter, even in coffee shops. How can a responsible employer still provide a safe workplace? Can employees really use (or be under the influence of) drugs while at work? Can an employer insist on zero tolerance and remove marijuana users from the job? Can if afford to do so? Are companies abandoning drug testing? What if an employee actually claims it’s necessary to take drugs (e.g., marijuana, CBD, pain killers) due to a physical or emotional or mental impairment, does that change the answer? This presentation will help HR professionals understand this balancing act of compliance – i.e., maintaining job safety while keeping up with rapidly-evolving societal viewpoints. Learning Objectives 1. Understanding and complying with federal and state drug laws 2. Maintaining a safe and compliant workplace, while retaining employees 3. Enforcing the company’s substance abuse policies, as appropriate 4. Reasonably accommodating employees who may take drugs to cope with impairments