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    April Chapter Meeting: Surely Not Everybody Must Get Stoned?

    Date: April 15, 2021, 12:00pm
    Members: Free Guests: $10
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    Surely Not Everybody Must Get Stoned? Navigating the Hazy Regulations Regarding Cannabis in the Workplace.

    As laws change on the legality of Cannabis use, whether in relation to THC or CBD, employers are anxious about what, if any, actions they can take and remain legally compliant. For example, whether they can regulate and prohibit drug use amongst their employees, how to deal with positive drug test results, when can an employer test an employee? Even if state law allows use, why can’t an employer test for marijuana use since it is still illegal under federal law? And does it matter that the use is for medical purposes? What are the rules regarding CBD, and can CBD/Hemp cause a position for THC? Finally, in light of these new regulations, should employers revise or alter their procedures and policies regarding substance and drug abuse?  These and other related questions will be addressed during this presentation. 

    Learning objectives will be familiarity and understanding the regulations that cover the various substances derived from cannabis. Current state and federal laws related to same, as applicable. Predictions for areas to watch and be cautious of for future development of the law. Best practices for administering drug-testing programs. And suggested revisions to policies and procedures governing same.

    Speaker Bio:  Eric Chapman, SHRM-SCP

    Eric focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, employment law, and corporate transactions. He helps clients navigate employment law issues, including E.E.O.C., ADA, Title VII, and ADEA claims. Eric’s experience in evaluating and analyzing employment law claims makes him a valuable member of the litigation team and allows him to advise clients on preventing employment issues and strategically resolving them when they arise. Additionally, he draws upon his eclectic work and management experiences to craft unique and cost-effective solutions for businesses. Prior to joining CowanPerry, Eric worked as a summer associate with LeClairRyan at their Blacksburg office, and as a paralegal at Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown in Reston, Virginia. During law school, he served as a judicial intern for The Honorable James G. Welsh, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia, and as a yearlong extern for The Honorable Rebecca B. Connelly, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia. Additionally, while at Washington & Lee University School of Law, Eric was selected as a Burks Scholar, and taught legal research and writing skills to first-year law students. Eric is the Secretary of the Ted Dalton American Inns of Court and Board Member of the New River Valley Chapter of Society for Human Resources Management and the Community Foundation for the New River Valley.  Eric frequently gives presentations on employment law, legal strategy, and employment law compliance to employers, legal associations, and SHRM Chapters. Eric has been identified as a SuperLaywers Rising Star in the area of Employment Law for the past five years.                  


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