Opioids in the Workplace Live Webinar

01:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT Duration 90 Minutes

Practical and legal options open to you to manage the growing problem


Opioids are a powerful and widely-prescribed class of drug, often leading to misuse and addiction. A National Safety Council survey states that more than 70 percent of United States employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces. Deaths resulting from or related to drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are on the rise.

Now more than ever, employers must know what you can and cannot do to enforce a drug-free workplace policy, ensuring a safe workplace, protecting your business, and steer clear of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws. In this webinar, we will discuss practical and legal options open to you to manage the growing problem of opioid dependence and abuse and its impact on the workplace.

Areas Covered

Key areas we will cover include without limitation:

•       An employer’s duty to update its drug-free workplace policy in states where recreational and/or medicinal                  marijuana have been decriminalized
•      The practical impact opioid usage can have worker productivity and safety, and when you have an obligation to          take action under OSHA’s general duty clause
•      What to do if an employee appears impaired on the job
•      What you can and can’t do to enforce drug-free workplace policies where medical and/or recreational                          marijuana usage is permitted under state law
•      Strategies for improving your drug-free workplace policies—and how to align your benefits programs with such          policies
•      Confidentiality and electronic recordkeeping issues so you don’t spark legal liabilities for your organization
•      How to recognize a “trigger” to conduct an interactive process under the ADA when opioid dependencies or               side effects may require a reasonable accommodation evaluation.
•      Why reasonable accommodations for a “disability” are not required for applicants or employees who are                     prescribed marijuana for medicinal purposes, but outright exclusions of medical marijuana users may still                   violate the ADA non-discrimination provisions
•      Steps to take to enforce your drug-use policy without violating the ADA, the FMLA, or other federal laws
•      Pointers on managing workers’ compensation claims
•      How to communicate with employees about potential drug abuse
•      When granting leave may be required as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA or the FMLA

Who will Benefit

•      H.R. Managers and Directors
•      Leave Administrators
•      Benefits Administrators
•      Business Owners
•      CEO’s
•      Senior Managers
•      Front-Line and Middle Managers

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the All industries and companies

Speaker Profile

Janette Levey Frisch

Janette Levey Frisch,employment and hr attorney

Janette Levey Frisch is the founder of The EmpLAWyerologist Firm, has over 20 years of legal experience, more than 10 of which she has spent in Employment Law. It was during her tenure as sole in-house counsel for a mid-size staffing company headquartered in Central New Jersey, with operations all over the continental US, that she truly developed her passion for Employment Law.

Janette and The EmpLAWyerologist Firm operate under this core belief: It is possible, and it is in an employer's best interest, to proactively solve workforce challenges before they become problems, before they result in lawsuits or steep fines caused by government audits.

Janette works with employers on most employment law issues, acting as the Employer's Legal Wellness Professional - to ensure that employers are in the best position possible to avoid litigation, audits, employee relations problems, and the attendant, often exorbitant costs. Janette authors the firm's weekly blog, where you can read each week, in plain English (not legalese) about issues impacting employers today. Janette has written articles on many different employment law issues for many publications, including EEO Insight, Staffing Industry Review, @Law, and Chief Legal Officer.

Janette has also spoken and trained on topics, such as Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process, Joint Employment, Severance Arrangements, Pre-Employment Screening among many, many others.

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