Marijuana Laws: Clearing the Haze of Confusion

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A SHRM Webcast

Presenter: Danielle Urban, partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLPM

Program Date: April 2016. This program is no longer available. See a list of all currently available webcasts.

Program length: 60 minutes

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Public opinion on marijuana is shifting and states are responding by decriminalizing recreational marijuana usage and legalizing medical marijuana. But, as state laws on marijuana loosen, federal laws remain the same. As a result, employers could find themselves dazed and confused about how to adapt their drug-related policies and procedures.

Like a lot of employers you probably have a host of questions: What does the changing and conflicting laws mean for my drug policies? Can we still drug test employees? Can I fire workers who use medical marijuana? Do I have to permit the use of medical marijuana in the workplace? How do I balance safety concerns with employee wellness?

In this webcast, Danielle Urban, an attorney with Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm that represents employers, will address the following:

  • Updating drug policies and notification procedures
  • Tailoring policies to your specific state
  • Avoiding running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Enforcing a zero-tolerance policy vs. considering other options
  • Considering state laws that prohibit firing employees for lawful conduct

About the Presenter: Danielle Urban is a partner in the Denver office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP. Her practice involves representation of employers in wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment, Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, False Claims Act, international employment issues, covenants not to compete, employee defection and trade secrets counseling and litigation, breach of employment agreements, and other employment disputes before courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Urban was listed in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Colorado Super Lawyers - Rising Stars and was selected as a Client Service All-Star for 2016, an elite group of attorneys nominated by in-house counsel for their outstanding client service. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Urban worked for the government's Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) overseeing Medicare managed care plans.

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Viewing this webcast in its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM, and PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification from the HR Certification Institute.

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This webcast is sponsored by HireRight

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