Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Managing Challenges without Going up in Smoke

The Conference Board of Canada, February 21, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Marijuana is steadily becoming more commonplace in Canada. Societal views are evolving and the use of marijuana is less stigmatized, while at the same time, marijuana is now used for medicinal purposes. And while medical marijuana can be a relief for a number of health conditions, the accommodation of medical marijuana is emerging as a prevalent issue facing Canadian workplaces.

What kinds of accommodations are needed for employees in need of medical marijuana? What are the legal requirements of your organization?

Join Stuart Rudner, a leading Employment Lawyer and a Partner at Rudner MacDonald LLP, as he discusses some of the challenges associated with accommodating medical marijuana in the workplace. Stuart will address the distinct issues employers may encounter, including the duty to accommodate, the relevance of safety concerns and other bona fide occupational requirements, the use of policies, and how to address potential abuse. The prescribed use of medical marijuana will only increase over the next few years, so join us for this session to ensure your organization is prepared, and ready to accommodate.

Webinar Highlights

In this webinar, Stuart will cover areas to address such as:

  • How to respond to employee requests for accommodation of medical marijuana
  • Assessing the duty to accommodate and balancing safety and other concerns
  • Designing appropriate policies to address drug use and abuse
  • How to manage cases of suspected marijuana abuse
  • Discipline and dismissal

About Stuart

Photo of Stuart RudnerStuart Rudner is a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law which was selected as one of the top three Employment & Labour Law firms in Canada this year, according to Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. Stuart provides senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship. At every stage, Stuart’s focus is on achieving practical, cost-effective solutions for his client. Recently, Stuart was once again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 11th Edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017’ in the area of Employment Law. He was previously selected by his peers for inclusion in the 10th Edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016’ in the area of Employment Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Its lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

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