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Ontario Erectors Association

You Are Invited! Marijuana & Workplace Safety Webinar

Marijuana & Workplace Safety – What’s an Employer to Do?

Medical and Legal Issues with Marijuana Legalization

Complimentary Webinar

Thursday January 25, 2018 |  12.00 pm – 2.00 pm EST

Mathews Dinsdale Presenters:
Loretta Bouwmeester, Calgary
Andrew Reynolds, Toronto
Tara Erskine, QC, Halifax 
Guest Presenter:

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck

The legalization of marijuana is only months away, is your workplace ready?  Legalization for recreational use will undoubtedly be a challenge for employers.   This national webinar will include experts from our Calgary, Toronto, and Halifax offices and will address issues of occupational health and safety, human rights accommodation, and how employers can practically manage in this changing landscape.  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck, to address the current evidence on use of cannabis in treatment, employee impairment, and testing technology.
Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, will review medical issues with cannabis, including:
  • Current evidence (or lack thereof) on use of cannabis for medical conditions
  • Medical prescriptions v. medical authorizations
  • Types of impairment from cannabis and risk to safety
  • Update on drug testing technology
Loretta Bouwmeester, will address occupational health and safety considerations, including:
  • A review of cases where drug use has contributed to injury or death
  • Updates on fines and sentences, including jail, for safety and Criminal Code violations
  • Safety sensitive positions
  • Due diligence steps to providing a safe workplace
Tara Erskine, QC, will discuss human rights issues, including:
  • What’s new in the law on accommodation of disability
  • The differing legal requirements in dealing with recreational users and those with an addiction
  • A review of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Elk Valley Coal
  • Return to work after rehabilitation and last chance agreements
Andrew Reynolds, will provide a summary of recent arbitration cases as well as practical tips for employers, including:
  • How to update your company’s current drug and alcohol policy to address cannabis legalization
  • What training should be provided to supervisors and managers
  • How to respond when an employee comes to work impaired
  • Addressing possession of cannabis by employees


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