Alyson Olson, Vice President of Human Resources at Abode Healthcare, shares some tips for California employers, and for those in an increasing number of states across the country with legalized marijuana, on best practices for determining your approach to drug screening:
“Enforcing drug-free workplace policies and conducting drug tests is becoming particularly risky. You’re going to want to make certain you do a detailed review of the state laws that cover drug testing, as well as non-discrimination. Effective communication and a clear understanding of your policies is imperative. Your employees must understand that if they were to come into the workplace or work while under the influence of marijuana, it is strictly prohibited, even if, in that state they’re working in, marijuana is legal to consume recreationally or medically, it’s still prohibited in your workplace. The law and court decisions are going to continue to evolve over the coming years. It is crucial that you as the employer, that you continue to check your policies, your procedures around drug testing and ensure that they still meet your business needs and are effective.”
This is a “Tip of the Week” segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 146: August 2019), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. https://youtu.be/oPSngakRHxk
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