Drug Testing, Cannabis, and the New Normal
You asked. We heard you! The membership had lots of questions surrounding the legal landscape of drug testing policies in light of changes across the United States to the laws on marijuana use. To be compliant but also responsive to the need for employees in this environment, many employers have begun considering major changes to their drug testing policies. In doing so, employers are forced to navigate a labyrinth of federal laws, state statutes and court decisions when developing polices around the various issues. Those issues include pre-employment screenings, accident-related policies and drug testing practices around cannabis use inside and outside the workplace. This Legal Perk will explore some of the changes that are being made by employers around drug-testing policies. It will also explore some of the common missteps employers are making and provide tips for moving forward with a progressive yet protective plan for the workplace and the employees. Come armed with your questions and concerns and Ms. Perez will provide invaluable information regarding this important issue.
Kathlyn Perez of Perez Law LLC is an attorney and consultant whose hybrid practice focuses on all aspects of the employment relationship. For nearly 15 years, she has represented all types and sizes of businesses ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws, counseling on employee relations and HR issues, conducting internal investigations, negotiating employment contracts, navigating high risk departures, non-competes, severances, and settlement agreements. Kathlyn is also a certified mediator who focuses her mediation practice on pre and post termination employment dispute resolution and commercial mediations.