November 9th, 2018
The Cannabis Act (the Act), came into force on October 17, 2018, creating a legal framework for the recreational use of marijuana.
Employers have the right to establish policies pertaining to the use and possession of cannabis at work, which is similar to their right to do so with respect to the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
If employers already have existing drug and alcohol policies in place, the legalization of recreational cannabis will require employers to update these policies. If an employer does not yet have a policy, it is a good idea to create one. Today employers have to be aware of safety issues, scent-related complaints and smoke-free laws. A comprehensive drug and alcohol policy helps employers establish what is and is not acceptable in the workplace.
CFMR has employment lawyers who can help you draft a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy that covers the new legislation.
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