Cannabis in the Workplace
Our Workplace Health and Wellness team has been doing research into what the legalization of cannabis means for Canadian employers. Below are some of the key considerations that surfaced from the research.
What you Need to Know
Make sure your employees understand the boundaries, and consult with your legal partners to better understand the impact of impairment on the job.
Consider the operational needs of your workforce based on industry and position type. Determine how stringent your organization should be regarding A&D testing and potential discipline for impairment on the job.
Respect the Law and Human Rights
If implementing a new A&D program or adapting a previous program to meet needs for cannabis legalization, consult with legal partners to ensure you are respecting the privacy and human rights of employees. Meanwhile, ensure your workers and customers remain safe.
Ensure employees understand that, even though cannabis will no longer be illegal, they should not come to work under the influence of the drug and are expected to work unimpaired.
Consider providing training to managers to recognize impairment and, if necessary, how to broach the subject.
Learning Sessions with Trusted Experts
July 19, 2018
Marijuana and the Workplace: What Leaders and the Board Should Know
Bonny Mak, an employment and labour lawyer with Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, presents this 60-minute recorded webinar in which she discusses the evolving legal context associated with marijuana, as well as shares some key considerations for leaders and the board in updating policies and drug and alcohol programs to protect both organizations and workers under the coming changes. She also shares key legal considerations leaders should be aware of in relation to the use of marijuana and the permissible use of drug and alcohol testing in Canada.
Mar 6, 2018
Facing the Challenge of Marijuana in the Workplace
Barbara Butler, President of Barbara Butler and Associates Inc., shares some practical solutions for Canadian employers. Since 1989, Barbara has helped workplaces across Canada deal with alcohol and drug issues and has also helped employers develop alcohol and drug policies. Barbara has been directly involved as a witness in many key human rights cases on this issue and speaks regularly to national and international audiences. She discusses how organizations can face the challenge of marijuana in the workplace by outlining specific steps to consider in implementing and updating your alcohol and drug policy.
February 21, 2017
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Managing Challenges without Going up in Smoke
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.
May 11, 2016
Canadian Marijuana Legalization and The Lessons from Colorado
Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The new federal government pledged in its 2015 election campaign to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Since assuming office, the government has indicated that it will announce a federal-provincial-territorial task force to consult experts and others on a framework to remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code.
However, marijuana legalization brings a number of economic, regulatory, social and health challenges. Canada can learn from locations such as Colorado that have already moved ahead with legalization.
To learn more, join us for this webinar with Sam Kamin, who has emerged as one of America's expert voices on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country.