Although marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I illegal substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, ten of those states have legalized recreational marijuana, and additional states are considering doing so. This dichotomy leaves employers asking whether and how they can enforce drug-free workplace policies, comply with federal laws including Department of Transportation regulations and the Drug Free Workplace Act, safeguard their workforce, customers and businesses, and still accommodate the legitimate needs of their employees and their rights under state law.
This program, taught by Nathaniel Glasser and Steven Swirsky of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., will help employers navigate the continuously changing state laws and regulations concerning medical and recreational marijuana, how those laws impact the workplace, and how the various state laws interact with federal law. The course will also cover the effect of state legalization laws on drug testing, drug-free workplace policies, and the management of employees who use marijuana. Viewers will be prepared to discuss the impact of these laws on workplace policies, and will receive effective strategies for dealing with the changing landscape.
NATHANIEL M. GLASSER is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice focuses on the representation of employers in employee relations and human resources compliance, as well as litigating claims of harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing, and wage-hour violations.
Mr. Glasser’s experience includes:
STEVEN M. SWIRSKY is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the firm's Labor Management Relations practice group. He has devoted his practice almost exclusively to aiding employers in developing strategies to remain union-free and, in organized operations, to securing and expanding management rights in collective bargaining and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Swirsky regularly represents employers in a wide range of industries, including retail, hospitals and health care, manufacturing, banking and financial services, transportation and distribution, electronics, and media and publishing. He frequently advises and represents United States subsidiaries and affiliates of Asian, European, and other foreign-based companies. Mr. Swirsky is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a fellowship of the most accomplished members of the labor and employment law community in the United States, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University School of Law.
From 1978 to 1983, Mr. Swirsky served as a Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board at Region 29 in Brooklyn, New York. He has represented employers in private practice since leaving the Board in 1983.
Mr. Swirsky is co-editor and a frequent contributor to the Management Memo blog and the Health Employment And Labor blog. He frequently writes and speaks on a wide range of labor and employment law matters and presently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Swirsky was named by Law360 as one of only six Employment MVPs for 2014. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Employment Law—Management and Labor Law—Management (2006 to 2019) and New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the areas of Employment and Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense (2007 to 2013). Mr. Swirsky is listed in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and was "Recommended" in the Labor–Management Relations category by The Legal 500 United States (2012 to 2018). He has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 15 years, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. Mr. Swirsky is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Very helpful discussion and analysis of interaction of state and federal law. A;so appreciate the brief discussion of NLRA issues.
Very well presented, informative.
Very good overview.
Very informative. Great speakers.
This course was very well done.
Thank you. Very informational.
Provides in sight into the balancing act between employer/employee relations in light of changed laws. Good stuff.
extremely interesting both speakers great. nice insight to issues regarding positive marijuana testing
Thanks for the info, things are changing quickly on that front.
Excellent presentation - speakers were very knowledgeable!
Important current issues - timely. Well presented with broad based discussion.
I really liked the format of having two presenters who were able to have an active discussion in addition to standard presentation of materials.
Speakers were engaging throughout session. Felt like I was participating in a conversation rather than a lecture.
The back and forth between the presenters made it more interesting and less rote.
Good presentation, excellent and timely subject matter
Very knowledgeable speakers.
Excellent program and very informative. A great primer for inhouse counsel to show their companies how difficult it can be to construct appropriate policies for multistate employers and how much individual consideration may be required.
Best one yet!
Very good discussion, helpful information
Very helpful for me. Good resource.
I thought the presenters did a good job covering the most current case law in a rapidly-changing area.
interesting, useful information on the labopr employment/cannabis landscape. as someone who works with folks in the industry was a good primer on evolution of the states and federal landscape here
These guys were great! Incredibly well-organized.
Thoughtful presentation. Fabulous materials.
an excellent overview of this fascinating and changing area of law
Very comprehensive and interesting
Nice job of breaking down the issues.
Really a very thoughtful discussion about dope.
Excellent content. Thanks!
This was very helpful
excellent speakers; fascinating to hear developments in this new area of the law, thank you
Excellent, as all all of the sessions on this topic.
The recent case law from 2018 and 2019 was very helpful -- the presenters did a great job in researching this topic.
Presenters were very well prepared. Thank you.
Very knowledgeable speakers, and timely topic!