Canadian Companies Revisiting Workplace Policies With Cannabis Legalization Just One Week Away

Article by Mark Rendell, The Globe and Mail

Canadian companies revisiting workplace policies with cannabis legalization just one week away MARK RENDELL

With recreational cannabis legalization a week away, organizations across the country are having to revisit workplace policies in an attempt to balance safety and employee choice in Canada’s newly permissive legal environment.
Despite widespread concerns, most organizations are in a good position to manage this change, according to labour lawyers.
“We’re not dealing with anything new in the workplace,” said Jacqueline J. Luksha, an associate at Toronto employment law firm Hicks Morley, at a cannabis business event hosted by The Globe and Mail on Tuesday.
“Employers have an obligation to provide a safe work environment, there’s an obligation for employees to show up to work unimpaired, and those things haven’t changed,” said Ms. Luksha.
For most companies that are not engaged in safety-sensitive work, an update to existing drug policies, which already cover things such as alcohol consumption, combined with an employee-education program may be enough.

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