The topic of marijuana in the workplace is of interest for businesses as more states pass laws allowing its recreational use. Contractors, safety directors, and HR departments are looking for information to stay ahead of the curve in updating their company policies and protecting their business and employees.
Because these laws are new, much is undetermined. One Illinois attorney explained to me, “At this point, there is no case law to interpret the statute.”
Still, a drug-free workplace is the law of the land, and no statute goes against having a drug-free policy. Even medical marijuana users are required to perform their work duties without being impaired.
As a company, it is important to become familiar with the laws in your state and update your policies to comply with those laws and your company’s tolerance for risk relating to its use.
It is important to educate employees on your company’s position regarding cannabis, including:
It is important to educate supervisors on policy changes and drug impairment. Some areas of education include:
Laws regarding cannabis use and the workplace will become more defined in the months and years ahead. It is wise for business owners to keep up to date and seek counsel as necessary to protect both their business and employees.