Workplace - HR Policies

  • Despite cannabis legalization, impairment testing still hazy

    Despite cannabis legalization, impairment testing still hazy

    Dec 1, 2018

    While recreational cannabis has been legal in Canada for more than a month, the workplace testing process surrounding the drug remains unchanged.

  • Cannabis is here: Time to expand your company policies

    Cannabis is here: Time to expand your company policies

    Nov 5, 2018

    With recreational cannabis now legal in Canada, the challenge for employers will come down to a delicate balancing act between disciplinary and supportive measures.

  • Pot legalization could spike human rights complaints

    Pot legalization could spike human rights complaints

    Oct 22, 2018

    Lawyers could see an uptick in human rights complaints related to cannabis after the legalization of recreational use on Oct. 17, although the province of Ontario says that human rights protections for people with disabilities or addictions remain the same as before.

  • HR cannabis policy and watching the watchers

    HR cannabis policy and watching the watchers

    Oct 22, 2018

    With the legalization of cannabis, employers, companies and employees now wonder how to deal with this new chemical in the workplace.

  • Calgary, Edmonton chiefs tell police, no pot on duty or off

    Calgary, Edmonton chiefs tell police, no pot on duty or off

    Oct 19, 2018

    Most Canadian police forces have laid down protocols for approved marijuana use by members and in some cases, members cannot ingest marijuana for several days prior to reporting for shift.

  • Driving ability declines even 5 hours after cannabis use

    Driving ability declines even 5 hours after cannabis use

    Oct 17, 2018

    Young Canadians are more at risk of a vehicle crash even five hours after inhaling cannabis, according to a new study out of McGill University.

  • Saying no to cannabis

    Saying no to cannabis

    Oct 17, 2018

    Nearly one in five managers (19 per cent) are at least somewhat likely to consume cannabis for recreational purposes before going to work, while 14 per cent said it’s somewhat likely they will consume cannabis during work hours.

  • U.S. border lifts ban on cannabis workers

    U.S. border lifts ban on cannabis workers

    Oct 11, 2018

    Fears that Canadian business travellers involved in Canada’s soon-to-be legalized recreational cannabis industry could be banned for life from the United States have been abated.

  • Few workers expect employers to allow use of cannabis before, during work: Survey

    Few workers expect employers to allow use of cannabis before, during work: Survey

    Oct 10, 2018

    Only six per cent of employed Canadians believe their organizations will allow the use of cannabis (marijuana) for recreational purposes during work hours or before coming into work, according to a survey from Ipsos, commissioned by ADP Canada.

  • Travellers to U.S. could face greater scrutiny as of Oct. 17

    Travellers to U.S. could face greater scrutiny as of Oct. 17

    Oct 9, 2018

    Canadian business travellers may face intensified examination procedures at the United States border following the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, according to lawyers.

  • Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Sep 25, 2018

    As with many general counsel in the cannabis industry in Canada, Jason Alexander is juggling all the issues in-house in the sector face every day, including whether or not travelling to the United States is a good idea right now.

  • Legal, medical cannabis still posing challenges for employers: Survey

    Legal, medical cannabis still posing challenges for employers: Survey

    Sep 5, 2018

    The legalization of cannabis in Canada is now mere weeks away, but are employers ready? Not entirely, according to a survey of 366 HR professionals and 1,008 Canadians.

  • HR should be 'very concerned' about cannabis legalization: Employers

    HR should be 'very concerned' about cannabis legalization: Employers

    Aug 16, 2018

    Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian employers believe their organization’s HR leadership should be very concerned about cannabis legalization, according to a survey of 366 organizations.

  • What does cannabis legalization mean for the workplace?

    What does cannabis legalization mean for the workplace?

    Jul 30, 2018

    On Oct. 17, the legislation decriminalizing cannabis in Canada will come into force. The reality is that cannabis use, whether it is medicinal or recreational, is already far more prevalent than it used to be.

  • Marijuana and the workplace

    Marijuana and the workplace

    Jul 3, 2018

    What challenges will the impending legalization bring for employers? With Senate approvals received for the government’s Cannabis Act, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in late June that Canadians will be able to consume recreational marijuana legally as of October 17.

  • Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling

    Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling

    Jul 1, 2018

    For employers concerned about the growing use of medical marijuana by employees, a recent decision provides more answers — and perhaps some comfort — when it comes to accommodation.

  • Workplace vaping, medical cannabis addressed in Ontario‚Äôs legislation

    Workplace vaping, medical cannabis addressed in Ontario’s legislation

    Jun 1, 2018

    Expanded prohibitions regarding electronic cigarettes and medical cannabis in the workplace will require action from Ontario employers as of July 1.

  • Pot legalization to impact employer

    Pot legalization to impact employer

    May 28, 2018

    With legalized recreational cannabis on the way in Canada, many employers are wondering how this will affect workplace drug policies. Employment lawyers have said that recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on drug testing provide important guidance and can be used to inform their clients when they are developing policies.

  • Accommodating medicinal marijuana

    Accommodating medicinal marijuana

    May 8, 2018

    I have spent the past few years discussing “weed in the workplace” or, more accurately, how the workplace will be impacted by both medicinal and recreational marijuana. In our presentations, we often discuss the four types of users that employers can expect to encounter.

  • Marijuana testing proves complicated

    Marijuana testing proves complicated

    May 1, 2018

    Under Canadian law, it is reasonable for employers to expect employees to conduct their work while sober.