Marijuana & Opioids in the Workplace: Creating Legal & Effective Policies
The rising use of opioids, as well as legal marijuana use, by workers poses new levels of responsibilities and liabilities for employers and safety managers. The overlaps between OSHA, ADA, and accommodating employee use of medical marijuana or prescribed opioids are difficult to navigate. Conflicts in these policies leave employers at greater risk for litigation for discrimination or retaliation.
Employers are caught between the obligation of providing a safe and drug-free workplace, and providing reasonable accommodations to employees. Plus, what are your rights as an employer if you suspect opioid abuse? Join our 60-minute webinar for clear guidance on what you are required to do now, and how you can protect employees - and your company. We'll discuss:
- Creating workplace policies that effectively address opioid & marijuana use
- ADA & FMLA: Your obligations for reasonable accommodations & leave
- What employers must prove to sustain their affirmative defense of "Direct Threat to Safety" under the ADA
- Staying current with laws pertaining to medical use - and abuse
- Understanding OSHA and state laws on drug testing and discipline
Opioid & Medical Marijuana Use: What Employers Need to Know
- OSHA enforcement for workers impaired on the worksite
- Is the employee's condition covered under the ADA?
- Documentation best practices to protect employers
- What the laws say about those who may be abusing
- What is the "direct threat to safety" affirmative defense, and how to prove it
Creating a Safe Work Environment for Your Employees
- Updating drug-free work policies to address prescribed opioid use
- Procedures every employer should follow to protect workers
- Factors for determining if a worker poses a direct threat to safety
- 5 components of a substance abuse prevention program
Legal & Effective Drug Testing Policies & Disciplinary Actions
- When should (and can) drug tests be administered?
- Clarifying which drugs are being tested for and at what limits
- Determining the consequences of a positive test
- Employer provided assistance for employees needing help
Live Question & Answer Session - Have your questions answered by the expert!
About the Speaker
Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP is a nationally recognized authority on Occupational Safety and Health law. She represents employers in OSHA, MSHA and employment law litigation, and provides training and safety consultation.
- Ms. Abrams is a frequent author on safety, health and legal compliance issues, including writing articles in "Professional -Safety Journal," "Modern Contractor Solutions" and "Pallet Central" magazines, and co-authoring several books including the widely reviewed "Construction Safety Management and Engineering" and the "Safety Professional's Handbook".
- Ms. Abrams is a regular presenter at prestigious safety conferences like the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the National Safety Congress, where she specializes in providing real-world solutions to real-world problems.
Join us to learn how you can balance creating a drug-free workplace with the growing use of prescribed opioid use. Plus, how do you handle incidents of suspected abuse? Get the answers you and your managers need!