Navigating through Conflicting Laws Regarding Marijuana Use

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  • 60 minutes

Clearing the Air: Marijuana in the Workplace- How to navigate the “legalization” of marijuana and other issues of drug use and drug testing.

With the probability medical marijuana may be more frequently prescribed for many recognized disabilities, employers may want to dust off their policies around drug use and impairment in the workplace. This webinar will help you to understand that what circumstances an employer may discipline an employee that appears impaired, even if the impairment is because of medical marijuana for a verified disability.

In this webinar expert speaker Jennifer Raphael Komsky, will help you how to manage a positive drug test with no known indicators of impairment and issues of drug use and other testing. Will also discuss the current status of state laws legalizing marijuana in conflict with federal laws criminalizing. Provide background checks for drug convictions that are no longer illegal- When can they be conducted? What information can be obtained? What information must be provided to the applicant about the process?

Session Highlights:

  • Learn to navigate the landscape of conflicting laws about marijuana and other substances

  • Acquire knowledge about when and how an employer may take action against an employee suspected of using marijuana either for recreational or medical use

  • Obtain knowledge about when and how to legally conduct drug screenings/testing

  • Learn how to avoid disability discrimination claims when an employee has a medical marijuana card

  • What drug and alcohol policies should be in place to ensure compliance with state and federal laws?

Why You Should Attend:

This presentation will provide guidance in coordinating the recent legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in California and other states and jurisdictions with the need to keep the workplace drug free. Being proactive and knowledgeable about the limits imposed by law on both individuals and employers will alleviate many employment problems for the duration of the employment relationship. This program is essential for anyone tasked with the recruitment, hiring or managing of employees.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business owners

  • Managers And Supervisors

  • HR Generalists

  • Administrative Assistants

  • HR Payroll Staff

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Jennifer Komsky

Jennifer Komsky

Jennifer is an employment law specialist, representing employers in all phases of litigation before State and Federal Courts as well as administrative agencies, including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She serves as a reliable advisor to human resource professionals and business owners, providing ongoing counseling and guidance on company policies and personnel matters. She also conducts workplace investigations and provides training to individuals and large groups in areas of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, employee classification, disability accommodation, and wage and hour compliance.

Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1997. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1994.

Jennifer was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1997 and is admitted to practice in all districts in California for the United States District Courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jennifer is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She also serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee for a local non-profit. Jennifer’s experience in all aspects of employment law covers virtually every industry, including non-profits and businesses ranging from small, family-run companies to nationwide and global corporations.

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This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR, and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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