Marijuana in the California and US Workplace: Employers Guide to Managing the New Marijuana Regulations in a Drug Free Workplace!

Margie Faulk

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Description of the Topic:

Effective January 1, 2018, California legalized recreational marijuana use as other states join the list. However, the positive response to recreational marijuana has impacted Employers with challenges of this regulation in the workplace. More states have joined the trend like Washington, New York and even Florida. Employers need to mitigate this regulation with the Drug Free Workplace programs currently in place. Adding workplace safety, drug testing and potential discrimination allegations in the equation has Employers confused and in a tailspin. 

why one should attend the training:

This training will provide much needed guidance for Employers and Managers to ensure they develop, communicate and enforce appropriate policies based on the regulations. This is one of the new marijuana regulations that has emerged since 2018-2019 and Employers must update their policies asap or risk fines and penalties.

Key learning objectives of the Topic:

  • What is Proposition 64? What is proposition 215?
  • What states have made changes in their regulations about medical or recreational Marijuana usage and the impact to the workplace policies preventing drug usage?
  • Does your state have a drug free workplace mandate?
  • Does your Company have a true Drug Free Workplace Program?
  • Learn if you are actually compliant with the Workers Comp requirements of a Drug Free Program or lose the 4-5% discount;
  • How will Employers mitigate drugfree workplaces with the new regulations?
  • What will Employers need to do immediately?
  • What about current drug testing screening policies?
  • What other background screenings are impacted by the Marijuana regulations?
  • What policies should be in place to comply with the new regulation?
  • What protections do Employers have in the workplace?
  • When does penalties and fines start?
  • What issues will HR professionals have to manage with the new regulations?
  • How will the federal authorities respond to the retail marijuana usage?
  • Is Marijuana a reasonable accommodation?

Areas will be covered during the Session: 

  • How to answer questions from employees about the new regulations?
  • How to develop a policy that adheres to the marijuana regulations?
  • What should be in a compliant marijuana policy or guidelines?
  • What does Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) guidance recommend to Employers?
  • What are the Federal Guidelines for Marijuana Legalization in all states?
  • What industries are exempt from allowing marijuana usage in the workplace?
  • Can an Employer still fire employees for marijuana use?
  • Are there risks for discrimination allegations when employees use marijuana due to illness?

Target audience:

  • CEO
  • CFOs
  • Board of Directors
  • Supervisors/Manager
  • Leadership & Executives
  • Program Managers, Office Managers (with HR Roles)
  • HR Workplace Compliance Professionals (Officers, Directors, Managers and Specialists
  • HR Professionals
  • Office Managers and/or any professional on-boarding new hires
  • Senior HR Professionals
  • Operations Professionals

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Speaker: Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP

Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP is a senior level human resources professional with over 14 years of HR management and compliance experience. A former Compliance Officer for a defense contracting technologies firm, Margie has worked as an HR and Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors. Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural.

Margie’s focus is on multi-state, national, state and local workplace compliance. Additionally, Margie is working on International compliance initiatives globally which includes workplace compliance in other countries like the UK, Canada, France, Brazil, China, Africa, Mexico and India, just to name a few.

Margie has created and presented seminars/webinars for many compliance institutes. These national training providers, offer compliance training to professionals, business owners and companies interested in having their company compliant with workplace and industry regulations.

Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from Society for Human Resources Management. Margie has completed the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional training and is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).


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