Marijuana in the Workplace


Marijuana in our Workplaces: What You need to know

The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council is always trying find programming that relevant, timely, and important to help all of the employers in our territory. We have asked, and you have told us, marijuana in the workplace is still a concern. With the rapidity in which laws and guidelines are changing we recognize that marijuana in the workplace can be a complicated issue regardless of where you are located, but those who are on the board of Iowa and Illinois face extra challenges.

Marijuana in our Workplaces: What You Need to Know will help clarify a lot of the issues we are seeing in the workplaces right now. Our speakers will cover how to handle employees who work in one state but live in another, guidance on what should your testing polices look like, and how to navigate potential consequences of those polices, including hiring and retention best practices.

Registration Options: In-person (Davenport, IA) or Virtual (via Zoom) **IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED** VIRTUAL REGISTRATION IS STILL AVAILABLE
We will be holding this seminar in a hybrid format. In-person capacity will be limited. In-person registration includes lunch.


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8:30 - 9:00 AM – Registration &  Networking

9:00 – 10:30 AM  - Marijuana in the Workplace: Guidance for Iowa Employers with Illinois Resident Employees on Medical Marijuana and Avoiding Disability Discrimination
William J. Judge, JD, LL.M. – Attorney - Drug Screening Compliance Institute
A lot has changed since the last time the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council addressed marijuana in the workplace.  Now The medical and personal use of marijuana is legal in Illinois and Iowa is nearly surrounded by states that have at least legalized medical use of marijuana.  What does this mean for employers in Illinois and in Iowa?  How do Iowa employers deal with employees who reside in Illinois or Minnesota? Which state’s rules apply? These issues and more will be addressed in this session.

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break 

10:45 – 11:45 AM – Components of a Drug Free Workplace Program Plus DOT and FMCSA Clearinghouse update.
Sheryl Phelps – Business Development Manager - CJ Cooper & Associates
Sheryl will discuss the components of a drug free workplace policy and creating a solid drug and alcohol testing program.  She will also review DOT changes and regulations regarding drug and alcohol testing and the FMCSA Clearinghouse required actions and penalties for violations.

11:45 – 12:30 PM – Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 PM – Marijuana: To Test or Not to Test? That is the Question
Robert Lapota  –  HR Director - MRA 
Have you heard the news?  Amazon is adjusting its drug-testing policy for U.S. field operations teams and will no longer screen for marijuana in many circumstances. In light of the tight labor market, many other employers are also dropping marijuana from their drug testing policies.  What impact does this have on the safety professional as your organizations try to hire and retain employees in a tight labor market while holding the integrity of your policies and maintaining a safe work environment? This session will address: The current state of employer marijuana drug testing policies; handling positive marijuana test results under Illinois and Iowa law; and handling possible marijuana impairment issues in the workplace.

1:30 – 1:45 PM – Break 

1:45 – 2:45 PM – What Does Drug Use Look Like? Hear From an Iowa State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert
Sgt James Lancaster - Iowa State Patrol

2:45 – 3:15 PM – Q & A with the Speakers
An opportunity to ask the speakers  additional questions 

3:15 PM – Adjourn

Please fill out one registration per person. 


Birchwood Fields Learning Center or Virtual
4620 E 53rd St
Davenport , IA 52807

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