Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana, yet the drug remains classified as a Schedule I illegal substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This dichotomy has left employers with many questions about how to safeguard their workplace and enforce drug-free policies without running afoul of applicable laws.
Join Nathaniel Glasser and Valerie Butera of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. for a session discussing the effect of state legalization laws on drug testing, drug-free workplace policies, and the discipline and accommodation of marijuana users. After viewing the program, attendees will be prepared for the impact of these laws on workplace policies and will receive effective strategies for dealing with the changing landscape.
I. Understand the various protections provided by state legalization laws, including decriminalization, nondiscrimination, and accommodation
II. Identify current federal enforcement priorities under the Controlled Substances Act
III. Discuss the effect of state legalization laws on drug-free workplace policies
IV. Explore whether employers must accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana
V. Know how to respond to increasing numbers of pre-employment and on-the-job positive test results for marijuana
VI. Recognize elevated hazards presented by marijuana use by employees required to operate motor vehicles
VII. Address OSHA’s recommendations for dealing with employees who use marijuana
VIII. Propose strategies for dealing with inherent conflicts in state and federal law
NATHANIEL M. GLASSER is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice focuses on the representation of leading companies and firms, including publishing and media companies, financial services institutions, and law firms, in all areas of labor and employment relations.
Mr. Glasser’s experience includes:
Mr. Glasser also provides pro bono services for various not-for-profit organizations, which include conducting internal investigations, leading employment law training seminars, and assisting in the creation of employment policies and handbooks.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Glasser practiced labor and employment law in the New York and Washington, DC, offices of a major international law firm.
While attending law school, Mr. Glasser served as the Executive Editor of the New York University School of Law’s Journal of International Law and Politics. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. William G. Bassler of the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey.
In 2014, Mr. Glasser was named to the New York Metro Rising Stars list in the area of Employment & Labor. He also received The Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2006 and 2008 and has been named Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association five times.
New York University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 2001)
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
DC Bar (Labor and Employment Section)
New York State Bar Association
VALERIE BUTERA is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green, where she focuses on OSHA and other workplace safety and health issues. She represents clients from numerous industries, including health care and life sciences, financial services, hospitality, retail, and technology, among others. She is OSHA 30 certified and has substantial training and experience in process safety management (PSM).
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Butera was an OSHA attorney at a national law firm. Previously, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable William D. Quarles, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. During law school, she spent her summers clerking for the Privacy Rights & Protection Staff of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she played a critical role in bringing Medicare into compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, where she focused on tax controversy litigation.
As a law student, Ms. Butera completed the University of Maryland School of Law concentration in Health Law and was the Senior Survey Editor of the American Bar Association’s Business Section journal entitled The Business Lawyer.
Very informative and helpful
The presenters were clearly knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Great primer course.
It was a different perspective,,
interesting topic and presentation
I love the conversational presentation style between two knowledgeable professionals.
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