The Impacts of Marijuana in the Workplace – Webinar

Published On: March 22nd, 2018Categories: Webinar, Workplace

The Federal Government of Canada is intending to legalize recreational cannabis at some point during 2018.

This has the potential to have a significant impact on the workplace and be a new challenge for HR departments. Employers are reporting primary concerns including:

  1. Employees operating motor vehicles
  2. Disciplinary procedures
  3. Decreased work performance
  4. Employees using heavy machinery
  5. Attendance issues

A study by Deloitte shows that currently 22% of Canadian adults consume recreational marijuana. Once cannabis becomes legal another 17% of Canadians say they would consider consuming as well. This brings a total to 4 out of every 10 Canadian adults to potentially be consumers of recreational cannabis. This will include many employees, company leaders, customers, and others in the community.

How will the legalization of marijuana impact the workplace?

To to answer this question we invited Carole McAfee Wallace, a lawyer with Fernandes Hearn LLP, to discuss the impacts of marijuana in the workplace from a legal perspective. In this webinar we provide an overview of the current regulatory regime for both medical and recreational marijuana, impact of marijuana on individual performance, and review what employers can and should do going forward.


About the presenter:

Carole McAfee Wallace is a lawyer with Fernandes Hearn LLP, a Toronto based law firm that specializes in transportation. To reach Carole directly visit her personal website at Fernandes Hearn LLP by clicking here. 

Carole represents both domestic and international trucking and bus companies on a wide range of transportation matters including regulatory compliance, defence of provincial offences, contract drafting and commercial litigation.

Carole also practises employment law, advising both federally and provincially regulated employers in Canada, and employers internationally, on compliance with employment standards, the management of human rights issues, including the duty to accommodate, and on occupational health and safety compliance including responding to workplace harassment complaints.

She appears on her clients’ behalf before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Highway Transport Board, the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

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Kyle Paterson
Kyle believes that insurance is a tool, when powerfully leveraged best ensures the vision of business leaders and families are realized. Kyle focuses on cyber risk transfer, group benefits, and corporate and individual life insurance solutions.


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