As an Ohio company, I am confused about what changes, if any, I need to make as a result of the implementation of House Bill 523, the new law that legalizes medical marijuana on September 6, 2016. Does this mean my drug free workplace policies are no longer valid?
Employers are still free to have drug free workplace policies and now is the time to look at your policy and make sure it can withstand the change. Some legal counsels are recommending that policies be updated to state specifically that medical marijuana is prohibited under the policy. If you make the change, be sure to distribute and explain the policy and have employees sign off on the acknowledgement.
Be sure to make sure your policy is up to date and all employees are treated equally under the policy. (For the nitty gritty details, click here)
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