Are You Ready? Recreational Marijuana in Michigan & Employer Rights

Are You Ready? Recreational Marijuana in Michigan & Employer Rights
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

$75 Members / $95 Future Members

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Michigan voters will decide if Michigan legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.  If approved, Michigan will be the ninth state to legalize marijuana.

Michigan employers must prepare now to understand the impact of recreational marijuana legalization will have on drug-related workplace policies and testing. 

Please join us for this 60-minute webinar to better understand the legalization of marijuana ballot initiative and how its passage could impact the Michigan workplace.

What you will learn:

  • Analysis of the employer-specific language in the Michigan recreational marijuana ballot initiative to confirm the clear basis for employer action and where the ambiguities (and likely litigation) exist.
  • Examine developments in the eight other states that have legalized recreational marijuana as it informs the Michigan employer response.
  • Understand the inherent problems with legalized recreational marijuana for employers and how employers will be challenged to manage around them.
  • Identify best practices and policy approach for Michigan employers if we end up in a legalized recreational marijuana environment.
  • Confirm the impact of other laws and regulations on the recreational use of marijuana including:
    • the ADA and state disability laws
    • OSHA/MIOSHA enforcement regarding post-accident drug testing; and
    • state laws that protect lawful off-duty conduct.

Expert Presenter:
Donald LawlessDonald P. Lawless is a member of Barnes & Thornburg’s Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 25+ years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment objectives. His practice covers the broad range of labor and employment issues including civil rights, contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, defense of unfair labor practice charges, and union avoidance. His specialties include wage and hour compliance audits, occupational safety and health, ADA in employment, FMLA strategies, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the ADA.

Wendy BlockWendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy, is the Michigan Chamber's lobbyist responsible for health policy and human resources initiatives, such as health care, employment relations/labor, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and lawsuit abuse. Wendy will discuss the specifics of the November 2018 ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana and its alarming impact on employers and the workplace.

One (1) credit for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance Certification Program.
One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.