Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: A Guide for HR

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DL Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law and president, HR Learning Center, LLC
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR administrators, supervisors and managers, financial officers, other senior executives

With the many new state laws being passed legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, HR professionals can be overwhelmed when applying their drug-free workplace policies… especially when more employees are failing drug screens as a result. Understanding HR’s obligations for enforcement of an employer’s drug-free workplace policies in light of these new state laws legalizing medical and recreational marijuana use can be a veritable nightmare. It is essential that HR understand how best to deal with situations when employees may use marijuana or be under the influence at work or when they may fail routine drug screenings. Let’s say that an applicant for employment with your company fails your drug screen. What are your obligations? If the employee comes to you after testing positive and claims that they have a medical marijuana card and are allowed to use medical marijuana out of the workplace which is why they tested positive, do you have to hire the applicant if you are in a state in which medical marijuana is lawful? Or are you allowed to stick to your guns and refuse to hire anyone that tests positive for marijuana?

What do laws legalizing medical marijuana actually mean for you? Is marijuana now considered “legal” or do these laws merely create an exception to enforcement of criminal penalties for possession and use of marijuana? Is marijuana still illegal under federal law? If so, what does this mean for employers who enforce their Drug Free Workplace Policies in states that have legalized marijuana? Do you have to comply with the state law in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes or the federal law, or both?

Please join Melissa Fleischer for a webinar that helps provide you with a better understanding of all these issues and more.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What you should do if an employee who uses medical marijuana lawfully in your state, tests positive for marijuana on a drug screen
  • Whether you have to allow an employee who may lawfully use marijuana for medicinal purposes in your state, to use it or be under the influence in your workplace
  • Whether it would be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA to allow an employee to use marijuana or be under the influence at work
  • Review of current state laws relating to medical and recreational marijuana
  • Understand what it means to need marijuana for medical usage
  • Review an employer’s obligations regarding allowing medical marijuana usage in the workplace
  • What are an employer’s obligation vis-à-vis the employment laws and their interaction with these new state medical marijuana laws
  • Methods on handling an employee’s use of medical marijuana with regard to drug screens


Your conference leader for “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: A Guide for HR” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is the president of HR Learning Center LLC and is a management-side employment attorney with over 20 years’ experience representing clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a variety of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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